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When we speak of freedom we are most often referring to the exercise of our free will.  Essentially, it is the ability to make our own choices, to speak our mind, and to act in whatever way seems right to us.  In American culture it is a term synonymous with independence, self-sufficiency and self-rule.  But these attributes do not describe the freedom that Christ died to give us (Gal. 5:1).  Instead, He offers a love that never fails, a joy that can be our strength, a peace that surpasses understanding, and a hope that cannot be shaken.  One is largely rooted in our external condition, while the other is established in our internal state of being.  And while we can rightfully boast of living in a nation that affords us a high level of personal autonomy, we are a people plagued by hurt, fear, offense, anxiety, and addiction.  Indeed, “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them” (2Pet. 2:19) and in this regard, we have largely been taken captive through hollow and deceptive philosophies, which depend on human tradition, and the elemental spiritual forces of this world, rather than on Christ (Col. 2:8)..  Sadly, it is our passion for the former that often keeps us from partaking of the latter.

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