Women are frequently confronted with a plethora of vices that jeopardize their ability to live out their true freedom in Christ.
We should remember John 8:36 (NLT), which says, “So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free indeed.”
As it relates to our freedom, there are four areas in particular where we will all face and overcome the enemy’s lies. Nonetheless, God is faithful, and God’s Word is true.
Let us take solace in the fact that we can keep our God-given freedom and choose to believe we are everything He says we are. Our identity is defined solely by the truth of God’s holy Word.
Here Are 4 Areas Women Can Experience Freedom in Christ
1. Freedom From Sin & Guilt
First and foremost, when we accept God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, we are eternally free from the bonds of sin. This is unchangeable on Earth and in Heaven. In Romans 8:1-4, the Bible assures us (NLT),
“As a result, those who belong to Christ Jesus are no longer condemned. And because you belong to him, the life-giving Spirit’s power has set you free from the power of sin, which leads to death.
Because of the weakness of our sinful nature, the law of Moses was unable to save us. So God accomplished what the law could not.
He sent his own Son in the same body that we sinners have. And in that body, God declared the end of sin’s dominion over us by offering his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
He did this to fully satisfy the just requirement of the law for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but rather the Spirit.”
Even though the enemy of our soul will always try to convince us that we must earn our salvation, that we must work in order to keep our salvation, or that we can lose our salvation if we make a mistake, the truth of God’s Word always points us back to Calvary.
Because salvation is a gift that we could not have initiated, we simply receive it through Jesus’ finished work. Does this imply that we are incapable of sin? Obviously not.
We will not be able to live sinless lives because of our humanity. However, the fact that we can sin does not imply that we are enslaved to sin.
As Christ’s disciples, our goal is to accept God’s grace as manifested in the sanctification process. To put it another way, we are all still works in progress.
However, just because we have God’s grace, we do not seek to actively practice sin. We can quickly repent and be reminded of our freedom in Jesus when we sin.
We can no longer be enslaved to sin because we understand that God’s power dwells within us, enabling us to stand firm in our liberty through Christ Jesus.
Believers should always strive to live a life that brings glory and honor to our precious gift of salvation.
2. Freedom from the Past
We can expect to be reminded of our past on a regular basis. This refers to the person we were, the way we lived, and the ungodly actions we committed prior to accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord.
We may be triggered by someone else or experience flashbacks as a result of our memories.
The devil is so cunning and devious that he will use any scenario to make us feel bad about ourselves.
Poor choices reflect our old nature and can appear to flood our souls at any time given the right set of circumstances.
And, if we’re being honest, we might have made some decisions since accepting Jesus into our lives that we’re not so proud of. All of this can make us feel embarrassed or ashamed about our past.
Walking in freedom from our past necessitates a deliberate and constant push forward to the future we have in Christ Jesus. God provides us with the ability to rise above our past and not let it hinder our present or future.
“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,” Paul says in Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT), “but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
As a former persecutor of Christians, I’m sure Paul was reminded of his past on a regular basis. Instead, he chose to keep his gaze fixed on Jesus.
We, too, are running a “faith race” and must persevere in the face of obstacles from our past. To succeed in their race, runners must stay in their lane and look ahead, not back. That is also true for us.
We, too, must choose to keep our eyes on the future and the end goal that God has for us in order to live free from our past.
3. Freedom From Fears
No matter how brave we are, we all experience fear at some point in our lives. Fear can appear in a variety of ways. Fears of failure, rejection, and inadequacy are particularly frightening to women.
Fear of failure can be paralyzing because it prevents us from acting because we are afraid that our actions will result in loss rather than achievement.
We believe that attempting success is pointless because we will only end up experiencing defeat. Perfectionism can be linked to a fear of failure.
We fear failure if the only way we are willing to try to succeed at something is if we are assured there is no way we can fail, or if we delay action.
Fear of rejection can pierce us to the core. We must face the risk of not being accepted after mustering enough courage to become vulnerable.
Sometimes we overcome our fear of failure and act boldly, only to face the reality of rejection over the very thing we took a leap of faith to pursue.
Have you ever visited there? I certainly have, and rejection in any form is a difficult pill to swallow.
Not to mention the fear of inadequacy. Simply put, this is when we don’t feel good enough, smart enough, or pretty enough – you fill in the blank. Insecurity is laced with the fear of inadequacy.
We pick ourselves apart, judging every flaw. We allow everything we are or are not good at to be magnified to the point where we feel inadequate.
This fear of inadequacy affects how we perceive ourselves, project ourselves, and limit our ability to receive the abundant life that God has designed and desires for us to live.
But the good news is that we can be fearless! “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline,” says 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT). According to Isaiah 43:1 (NLT), “Don’t be afraid; I’ve ransomed you.
I’ve addressed you by name; you’re mine.” God owns us, and He promises to rescue and redeem us from our fear. God desires that we be filled with peace rather than fear.
When fear threatens our freedom, we can call on the Lord because He will deliver us.
He promises that when we are afraid, we can trust Him; we can run The Rock and be confident that fear will not steal our freedom.
4.Freedom from People’s Opinion’
When we fully live in the freedom of Christ Jesus, we are free from the opinions of others.
We are not living fully in the freedom Jesus extends to us if we care so much about what others think of us that it influences our decisions or the way we view and feel about ourselves.
This frequently leads us down a path of living to please others, which can have the same effect as an unhealthy addiction. In this case, it is an addiction to men’s approval rather than the sole satisfaction that should keep us from having God’s approval.
We would have less comparison but more collaboration, less competition but more camaraderie, and less contention but more celebration of each other if more women truly lived free from the opinions of others, especially among Christian women in the Body of Christ.
There would be no need to get caught up in image and status illusions. Rather, we would value championing our Christian identity and cheering each other on in genuine, authentic ways that support our fellow sisters.
Who would have thought that something as simple as other people’s opinions could trip us up and cause us to stumble in the area of our freedom? But we must remember that it is often the small foxes in life that accumulate over time, eventually having a significant (negative) impact.
According to Galatians 5:1 (NLT), “As a result, Christ has truly set us free. Make certain that you remain free and do not become enslaved to the law again.”
As a result, we must be vigilant and on guard against any attempt to yoke us to any bondage of this world. We are to love others but never be bound by their opinions or become obsessed with pleasing them.
May we always strive to please God above all else and to keep the freedom we find in Him.
We will walk in freedom for the rest of our lives if we devote ourselves to this cause. “I will walk in freedom, because I have devoted myself to your commandments,” declares Psalm 119:45 (NLT).
The more we root ourselves in the truth of scripture, the more we will be able to use it as a sword against the enemy’s lies whenever our blood-bought liberties are threatened.
There is no challenge to the liberty we have in Christ Jesus that God’s power has not already overcome. We have triumphed, and we can live in complete freedom.