What does freedom look like to me?
Freedom is frightening; there are no barriers, no fences, and no walls. Protection is seemingly nonexistent. Nothing to confine me. I guess I’m so used to limiting myself that freedom’s unfamiliarity is frightening. Freedom is uncertain. Its when a bird is in a cage and the door is open yet they remain in the cage because of its familiarity. It’s unnecessary to come out. Maybe this concept of freedom is what keeps many of us stuck.
Freedom by definition is the power or right to act, speak, and think as we want without hindrance and restraint. Or the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. Or the power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.
How do I change my perspective on freedom?
Simply, read God’s word and meditate on it. Galations 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (ESV)
Freedom is received by faith. We change our perspective on freedom by faith. Some change, like freedom, is not readily tangible or apparent. We are made free by faith through Christ from the bondage of sin and an earned relationship with God. Christ paid the price for our freedom. “Stand fast means it takes effort to stay in the place of liberty.” (Enduring Word) The enemy wants to deceive us by blinding us to our right to freedom which ultimately causes confusion. It’s us that chooses to carry the bondage, we’re not given it, as demonstrated in 2 Timothy 1:7. Fear produces bondage not freedom.