During these past months we have experienced a range of restriction of freedom we took for granted prior to March 2020. Each of us have been affected in different ways. For me it meant for a time, being unable to visit my mum in an aged-care facility, go to the football as part of a ‘full’ Adelaide oval, visiting friends and loved ones interstate and overseas, being unable to attend my auntie’s funeral and being unable to hug! Of course, some of these restrictions have changed and no doubt will continue to change.
I have been reading the book “The Freedom Journey” by Peter Steicke which has got me thinking of freedom and a different form of lockdown, the lockdown we impose on ourselves. What does this look like? We lock ourselves down when we believe that we are the only one who can fix things or when we believe we are inadequate, or that we need to be in control. We lock ourselves down in fear, anxiety, insecurity, religious duty, abandonment, bitterness, boredom, obsession with status or acquisition of ‘things’ or financial security.
God’s desire is to free us from our self-imposed ‘lockdown. We don’t have to go through life chained to our bag of burdens or misplaced beliefs. Freedom is accessible, we just have to hand these ‘restrictions’ over to God.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Freedom is what we have – Christ has set us free! Stand, then, as free people, and do not allow yourselves to become slaves again! (Galatians 5:1)
Our mindsets can prevent us from the freedom on offer. If we see ourselves as ‘slaves’ to our circumstances then that’s what we will be. However, the Holy Spirit can change us from the inside out, freeing us from our thoughts, obsessions, addictions, and fears.
Invite the Holy Spirit to help you to let go of what is locking you down, so that that you can live in the amazing freedom God provides as God’s dearly loved child, “uniquely gifted to live in relationship with God and others” (Growing deep Our Foundation p.7).