true freedom
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
1 Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
True freedom can only be found in Jesus Christ and faith in His finished work. Freedom from struggling for God’s acceptance can only be experienced through the grace of God. No one can perform or work enough to earn or merit salvation. When saved by grace through faith the Bible says we are accepted (lit. “graced”) in the beloved. We are exhorted to stand fast in the liberty where Christ has made us free after salvation in Galatians 5:1. That freedom does not mean we are free to sin or that we are free from all moral restraints but we are free to serve. True freedom in Christ makes us:
1. FREE from sin, satan, and the curse Romans 6:14; Hebrews 2:14,15; Galatians 3:13.
2. FREE from trying hard to keep God’s law to merit salvation Galatians 5:1-4.
3. FREE to love and serve Galatians 5:13.
4. FREE to be led by the Spirit and yield to our own spirit Galatians 5:16, 18, 22, 23.
5. FREE to restore and bear others burdens Galatians 6:1, 2.
6. FREE to sow to the Spirit and reap life out of it Galatians 6:7-9.
7. FREE to do good to the household of faith Galatians 6:10.
We are to stand fast in the liberty where Christ has made us free. This implies that something can take that freedom away or that we may do things that bring bondage and not freedom (Galatians 5:1). Freedom is not:
1. FREEDOM to be selfish or indulge the flesh Galatians 5:13, 19, 21.
2. FREEDOM to cover bad behavior in the name of freedom (claiming freedom as a pretext for wrong) 1 Peter 2:15, 16.
3. FREEDOM to harm others or ourselves 1 Corinthians 8:9.
4. FREEDOM from all restraints, structure, or regulated order Jude 3; 1 John 3:4.
Jesus has truly set us free John 8:36 but our freedom should never make us more bound to sin, satan, or self.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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