I’ve been thinking about the concept of freedom a lot lately. Freedom in worship. Freedom from legalism. Freedom from bondage. It breaks my heart when external situations, fear, and pharisaical opinions try (and often succeed) to steal those freedoms from their rightful places.
Today I was specifically reminded about the freedom we have in our minds. Although only God can really see what’s going on in there, our character is built by what we allow to consume our brain cells. What we focus on. At times we may want to see God’s freedom as a pass to think about whatever we want… with no lines or accountability. But the true gift of freedom is the ability to INTENTIONALLY CHOOSE what we focus on.
For example, we can choose to dwell on the things we don’t like about other people. Or we can use our freedom to ignore those thoughts and just love.
We can choose to focus on fear and worry and anxiety… or we can use God’s freedom to fill our minds with scripture to combat those dangerous thoughts.
We can fill our eyes and our minds with worldly pleasures that we think, for a moment, are doing no damage. Or we can choose the freedom to block that stuff… not because we are “do good” Christians, but because we love Jesus and we know that a moment of letting our minds wander can lead to destruction in the long run.
God has given us a lot of freedoms in this gift of an earthly life. The question is where are we going to allow our focus to dwell? When given focal freedom, where do we lean? On uplifting and edifying thoughts… or on thoughts that damage and destroy?
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:4-5