Bound…by what?

“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” – John 8:36 (NLT)

“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NLT)

Back on the first of the New Year 2011, I asked the Lord to show me my “One Word” for this coming year.  The idea was for Him to show me something that He chose for me to concentrate on and to strive for in growing and becoming more of what He intends for me to be, submitting to His purpose and plan for my life.  The “One Word” that He gave to me was the word, “Freedom.”  And as if to confirm that word to me the Holy Spirit led me to a passage of Scripture to apply and to set in my heart.  It was 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 which says, “But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”

“That’s it,” I thought.  “The Lord obviously wants me to be free to become more and more like Him and to be changed into His glorious image!”  Here’s the problem….in order to be set free from something, that must mean that there are areas in my life in which I am still in bondage.  In order to understand that you are in bondage to a thing you must first recognize and admit that you are not free and need to be liberated.

Today, I heard a sermon from one of my favorite preachers, Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas.  And within the first moments of the sermon he said, “Bondage is any impulsive or compulsive behavior that restricts you from living in and enjoying the freedom that Jesus died to give you.”  That’s the point at which I began to wish my “One Word” for this year was not, “Freedom.”  Because that’s when I started asking myself if there was still any such behavior in my life “that restricts [me] from living in and enjoying the freedom that Jesus died to give [me].”  In other words, to use the words of the very Scripture that God had given me at the first of the year, was there anything to which I in bondage to that restricts me from becoming “more and more like him as [I am] changed into his glorious image?”  May I be free enough to confess to you and be transparent enough to answer, “YES!”  But it is not enough to say it only to you, my readers, my friends, my fellow believers.  I have to “turn to the Lord” and say it to Him and allow Him to remove the veil that has been hiding this area of bondage.  Because if there is bondage in an area, according to the Word that means the Spirit is not present in that area and that means someone else is, and that someone is unwelcome in my life.

My “One Word” for this year is “Freedom.”  It is not unfortunately my “One Word for the month of March.  It’s for the whole year!  God has this wonderful way of working out His plans for us in increments.  Of course He is fully able to accomplish the changes He desires in a one second as well as He can in a year or a lifetime.  I’m 56 years old, and may I simply say that I am glad He’s not done teaching me and molding me into something usable in His hands?  I’m listening to hear Him tell me every area of my life that needs liberating.  And when He shows me, I plan to bring those places of bondage to Jesus and let the Son set me free.  I don’t want to be free for a while I want to be free….INDEED!  I don’t want to be “free to be me.”  I want to be free to be whatever He desires for me to be….INDEED!


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