Last week we celebrated our freedom as a nation with the 4th of July holiday and this week I'd like to celebrate our freedom in Christ.

A pastor asked me recently if the people in our church are free. I wasn't sure how to answer him so I just gave him a good diplomatic answer and moved on; but the question keeps bothering me. Are the people of Cornerstone living in freedom? 

If not, why not? ... If we are, then how?

II Corinthians 3:17 tells us that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. The freedom that Paul was referring to in that passage was a freedom to follow Christ without fearing men. He was giving a defense of his message and wanted them to know that he was free in Christ, so he didn't base his message on trying to make people happy.

How about you? Are you so free to follow Christ that His opinion is the only one you really care about? How would it be to live without the constant fear of rejection from other people? To be so secure in my relationship with Jesus that rejection from people can't control me. 

That is freedom!

It is only found in living a life under the control of the Holy Spirit.

My prayer this week: "Lord, thank You for giving Your life to set me free from sin, free from fear, free from law, and free from all the stuff that tries to destroy me. Help me to live in the freedom that you have purchased for me. Forgive me when I chose bondage to fear over freedom in Your Spirit. I surrender my life again to the control of Your Holy Spirit and ask You to do a fresh work in my heart!" 

Floyd Yutzy