I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
The above scripture is very popular across all ages & segments of Christianfolk. We can mutter it in our sleep. However, most of us don’t live it neither do we believe it sadly because our sense & definition of freedom is marred hence either limiting or defeating that affirmation.
According to Wikipedia, freedom is defined as generally having the ability to act or change without constraint. Something is “free” if it can change easily and is not constrained in its present state. So,
- Are you really free?
- What is your present state?
- What is constraining you presently? What are you not able to do?
- Are you adaptive to change?
- What are you able to do?
- Can you list all the things that you want to do?
- Do you do things alone? Are you a loner?
- Where do you derive your strength from?
Let me attempt to answer these questions in reverse order.
- Where do you derive tour strength from? My primary source is Christ, that is how to gain right standing with God and thereby able to walk and work in my portion of righteousness. All other sources of strength like children, spouse, parents, past etc are secondary. Why? People at times are inconsistent and are like a flower, may wither or get plucked at the next moment. Nehemiah 8:10, Exodus 15:2, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, 1 Peter 5:10, Hebrews 4:16.
- Do you do things alone? Are you a loner? Nope. Freedom is always a partnership within a boundary. The boundary could be the constitution, a marriage certificate, school rules, Christ etc. 1 Corinthians 3:9, Proverbs 16:3, Ephesians 2:10, Colossians 3:24, Philippians 3:13-4.
- Can you list all the things you want to do? Yes, though I won’t list them here. My journal has them all. Habakkuk 2:2. Even though it tarries, what I want to do shall come to pass because it is written somewhere.
- What are you able to do? A lot on my list. The caveat, before I reached this level, a renewal of my mind had to happen because I always had a reason why not to. Romans 12:2.
- Are you adaptive to change? Yes. In the short glimpse of eternity that I have so far spent here on earth, it is necessary. Change, taxes & Jesus Christ are the only constants in life. Deuteronomy 31:6, Ecclesiastes 3:1, Hebrews 13:8, Isaiah 43:19, Jeremiah 29:11, Malachi 3:6, Psalms 18:2, Philippians 4:6-8
- What is constraining you presently? What are you not able to do? I could argue funds but my hands have the ability to make wealth, so I am working on that. Knowledge but that is also a work in progress. I always have a ton of questions on any new idea, thought or concept. The greatest constraint still remains support function not working as envisioned. Again, working on it. Proverbs 18:15, Psalms 119:66, Isaiah 11:2, 1 Corinthians 12:8.
- What is your present state? Always looking for something to feed into what is on my to-do list so that I can successfully count it as done. 2 Thessalonians 3:10, Psalms 128:2.
- Are you really free? Yes, free to dream, work & achieve. After all that is the work of man under God’s guidance. Galatians 5:1.
Grab a piece of paper or your journal, answer the 8 questions & be honest.
Then look at Scripture to get the answers to your questions. All you need is to believe is hidden in the Scripture because it is God-breathed for you and your situation.
Be abnormal by choosing to believe Scripture first.