Freedom Under Attack – Words to Live by
By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan
All over the world right now freedom is under attack. The United States and nations standing with her against the forces of terror are continually on alert. They are constantly threatened with violence by those who hate their liberty. They are under assault by hidden foes intent on using all the devilish ingenuity they can muster to bind free nations everywhere and imprison them behind invisible bars of fear.
Do you know that your personal freedom is under that same kind of vicious attack?
Do you know the enemy is working night and day to rob you of your liberty in Christ? Do you know he is continually assaulting you with threats and lies meant to rob you of God’s blessings and put you back in bondage to the evils from which you, as a born-again child of God, have already been freed? If you don’t, it’s time you found out. It’s time you got wise to the enemy’s schemes and launched your own “Operation Freedom” on the battlefield of life.
How? By employing the one weapon that Jesus said would guarantee your freedom—the truth.
What Worked for Jesus Will Work for You: “The truth?” you may ask. “That’s all I need to be liberated from the bondages of the enemy?” Yep. Jesus Himself said so. In John 8, we find Him speaking to a group of new believers. Just moments before, they had put their faith in Him. No doubt they were just like you and me when we first believed in Him—full of enthusiasm and eager to be like the Lord. They were probably looking at Him thinking, “Wow, this Man isn’t in bondage to anything! He casts out devils. He heals sickness and disease. He isn’t held captive by sin like we’ve been. I want to be His disciple! I want to be like Him!”
But there was one big problem. They didn’t have the first idea of how to go about it. So at that moment, Jesus gave them the information they needed. He gave them the key that would unlock every door for them. He said: “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
Have you ever read those verses and wondered how Jesus knew the truth would make those people free? He knew it because He had proven it in His own life. He had always lived in accordance with the truth of God’s Word. Just a few verses earlier He had explained and said, “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things, The Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him” (verses 28-29).
Most Christians don’t realize that Jesus had to live by faith and obedience to God’s Word just like we do. They make the mistake of thinking that He was able to live free from all the bondages and hindrances of the devil when He walked this earth because He was the Son of God. “Jesus couldn’t have sinned,” they say. “He couldn’t have been sick. He couldn’t have been afraid. After all, He was divine. He was God!” Yes, He was (and is) God, but He also was (and is) man. He could have sinned. Thank God He didn’t, but He could have. We know that because the Bible says He “was in all points tempted like as we are.” (Hebrews 4:15)
Even though Jesus is God, when He came to earth He laid down the rights, privileges and power that belonged to Him as God and lived as a man. As Philippians 2:7 AMP says, He “stripped Himself of all privileges and rightful dignity. In that He became like men and was born a human being.” What made and kept Jesus free, what held Him up and made Him strong was not His divine willpower. It wasn’t even the fact that Almighty God was His Father. What made Him free was the fact that He walked on the Word of God! He said what His Father said. He did what His Father told Him to do. He lived on the Father’s Word continually, night and day, and that Word kept Him free. So when those new believers needed to know how they could be His disciples, since a disciple is “one who is like his teacher,” Jesus told them to do the same thing He had been doing. He said, “Keep on listening to me like I listen to my Father. I’ll keep on giving you His words, and then you’ll know the truth and that truth will make you just as free as I am!” In other words, you can have Heavenly Freedom Here on Earth!