You Have a Spiritual Freedom You May Not Realize

Juneteenth offers an essential reminder to our spiritual lives

Freedom from anything begins by knowing you are free. Juneteenth is short for June 19th—a state holiday in Texas. It commemorates the day in 1865 that good news arrived.

You Have a Spiritual Freedom You May Not Realize

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Juneteenth teaches us something important about freedom: it’s useless unless you know it’s true and you live like it.

As a Christian, you have a spiritual freedom you may not even realize.

Good News Arrived

Here in my state of Texas, the slaves were legally free for two and a half years . . . but they never knew it. That freedom had been kept a secret for two and a half years.

  • When Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, effective on New Years Day, 1863, the act freed all slaves.
  • But many southern masters kept the information a secret from their slaves.

It wasn’t until Union troops arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865, that the slaves learned they were free.

Knowing You’re Free from Sin’s Power

God has given us a spiritual Juneteenth through Jesus Christ:

Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts. —Romans 6:11–12

Believers are free! But for many of us, spiritual freedom is still a secret.

If you have trusted in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, consider this true of you: you are dead to sin’s power to make you sin, and you are alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Period.

Live Free . . . Because You Are

The Bible doesn’t say, “Pretend it’s true,” or “Act like it’s true.” It says, “Consider it a fact.” Here are a few more facts about a Christian’s relationship to sin:

When I first learned this truth, I couldn’t believe no one had ever told me before. What freedom there is in truth!

The secret’s out! I hope you’re living the truth of your spiritual emancipation.

Question: What helps you put into practice the knowledge that you are free from sin’s power? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • Robert Gosnell

    Thank you for covering this topic, Wayne. I love the translation in the International Standard Version: In the same way, you too must CONTINUOUSLY consider yourselves DEAD as far as SIN is concerned, but LIVING FOR GOD THROUGH THE MESSIAH JESUS.

    • That’s a great perspective, Robert. I’d not heard that translation before. Thanks!

  • Beth Bradford Kincaid

    “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.” I believed as a child that Jesus loved me…then I didn’t – because as I grew up i believed my emotions more than my innocent childhood faith. I learned that my “sin resume” didn’t make me unworthy of God’s love….that it was because of sin a great sacrifice was made by Christ because I AM loved. My salvation and being indwelt with the Holy Spirit became so tangible to me. So today – I am a child of God – forgiven – and saved by grace…and the Bible is the living breathing Word of God for me, every day…

    • What a marvelous perspective, Beth. God’s grace and love so overshadow our sin and guilt. I’m right there with you, standing in awe at His merciful outpouring of grace to us who deserved much less. God bless you ask you continue to serve Him!

      • Beth Bradford Kincaid

        Thank you for your dialogue-and thank you for the E-Book. Looking forward to the next 30 days.

  • Michelle thick

    Its so true the closer you get to God the less you are to sin. Jesus helps with the temptation. Its amazing. Temptation is still there but easier to walk away from it. I read Hebrew 2 18 over and over. Helps
    Thanks
    Wayne God Bless

    • You’re right, Michelle. It’s those little steps closer and closer— or farther and farther— from God that make all the difference.