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“F” is for Freedom!

“F” is for Freedom! (not fear)

Can you imagine living free from fear?!

This is the last day in our series on fear. I hope you have found it useful and empowering, by the power of the Holy Spirit, of course!! I am excited about all that God has shown me in this series!! There is a list of the previous 4 posts’ links at the end of this post so that you can go back and review or catch one you missed.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18

17The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. 18And, we who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

Quick to the “Ready” Mark

Joseph, our oldest son, went to Junior Fire Fighter Academy as a teen. We went to his graduation and one of the things they did was firefighter games. One of the games was a race that involved getting all the firefighting gear on and making it to a “ready” mark the fastest.

As we grow in our relationships with the Lord, and as we grow in the knowledge of His beautiful Word, we will be able to combat fear aggressively when it comes knocking. One thing about those firefighter races, they always know what to do and where to go.

Like a firefighter gets himself/herself ready to fight fire – that is how we need to go to God’s Word. We need to be prepared with knowledge of His Word and verses that fit given situations. Remember, that the Holy Spirit brings to mind the things God has taught us. We must be prepared. We need to be diligent students of His Word so that we can be quick to the “ready” mark with the Sword of the Spirit in hand.

Let’s go to Verse 17:

“Now the Lord is the Spirit…”

We must remember that the Holy Spirit is God. He is part of the God-head – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. So He is also Lord.

“…and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.”

The more we grow in our relationship with God and the knowledge of His Word, the more we will know this freedom. Freedom from the tyranny of sin, freedom from the punishment for sin, freedom from fear… and so much more!

Shoutin’ words if ever I have seen any!!!

Now to Verse 18:

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

These are quite beautiful words but what do they mean?

Early in the Old Testament, in Exodus 34:29-35, the account of Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness, we can read about when Moses would go up on the mountain and meet with God. When he came back into the camp his face would be radiant because he had been in the presence of God. He would tell the Israelites what God had told him and then he would put a veil over his face because it frightened the people.

As we look at Verse 18, we see that as we walk closely with God our faces will show it too and we are not to cover or hide it. We may not have a literal glow about us, but people can see that we are different. They are seeing the glory of the Lord. As we grow, the glory of the Lord on our faces will increase. The more like Him we become the more others will be able to see it.

This is because the Spirit of the Lord – the Holy Spirit – is in us. The more time we spend with Him the more evident He will be in our lives.

Aggressively and Immediately

The more we are with Him, the more able we will be to aggressively, immediately deal with things that would overshadow our faces, such as fear. In this freedom that the Holy Spirit brings into our lives, we can stop fear before it starts. We can live in freedom from fear!

This comes with spending time with God, in His Word, and in prayer. We also must know and be expecting that the enemy will attempt to overshadow our faces with fear, anger, hurt, etc.

He Wants to Help Us

We must be prepared and quick to the “ready” mark, right? How? By the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, teaches us, strengthens us, and loves us. He wants to help us glorify God – and He knows it is good for us to do so.

Free from Fear

Through the preparation and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we can truly be free from fear. It is not that it will not come, but that we can stop it before it gets a hold on us. Thanks be to our great God!!

Into the Day

As we go into our day, my prayer is that we will make it a habit to deal with fear and anything else that would attempt to overshadow the glory of God in our lives aggressively and immediately. May we walk so closely with the Lord that we are always prepared, because we are full of His Holy Spirit. Have an amazing day!

Go Deeper Today:

John 9:1-41

 

When You Are Afraid

World of Trouble

Not in Fear, But in Faith

Fighting Not to be Fearful

 

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