I read "The Hiding Place" by Corrie Ten Boom a few days ago. She survived a long stay in a Nazi concentration camp for hiding Jews in her house to save them from being murdered. She was a born again Christian, just showing the love of Christ to her follow man, including-God's Chosen People. If she was a Christian then we know that she had the Spirit of God in her. The One who Scripture says where He is there is liberty, yet she dwelt in captivity. But in her spirit and mind-she was free. Free from the hate that most of the world was caught up in. Free from the fear, the hopelesness. and the sin. But yet not free from the physical suffering.
Most of us have enjoyed physical freedom for some time, but that may very well be drawing to a close when you consider the political climate of our generation. Jesus said in the world ye shall have tribulation but be of good cheer I have overcome the world. We all have our liberty in Christ. Yet millions of Christians have lived through slavery and abuse and persecution.
Corrie Ten Boom talks about the long, torturous roll calls in the concentration camp, and she also talks about how during those times, when the guards would scream at them and torture them by making them stand at attention for long periods of time, often time a bird would come right in the middle of it and sing loudly. To her, that bird was a messenger from God. Un-effected by the nazis and free to fly and sing-the bird said God and His creation is bigger than the nazis and this prison. That little bird filled her heart with joy and encouragement amidst this abuse and persecution. For me, the sight of an eagle, or a hawk or even sometimes a seagull-conveys the whole concept of freedom as it soars higher and higher. What a majestic lesson of liberty God gives us in nature!
Spiritual liberty is an even higher concept and ideal than physical liberty. Physical liberty is WONDERFUL but not always guaranteed, but God's liberty is eternal and unchanging.
Just think of Paul and Silas singing and praising God in a dungeon,,,their spirits were free BEFORE theur chains fell off! The nonbelieving prisoners werent singing and rejoicing in that miserable place, but the free men of God were able to sing.
Am I so spiritual a person that I could go to jail and sing like Paul and Silas? I cannot make such a claim. But I am encouraged greatly by Crrie Ten Boom and Paul and Silas as well as many others who are and have suffered for their faith.
Think of that Pastor in Iran, they want to kill him for not denying Christ. My heart breaks when I think of his suffering. But imagine the reward this man will receive in Heaven for his testimony for Christ. We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us! They can kill the body but they cannot kill the soul. The Collisseum could not silence the followers of Christ and neither can Islamic terrorism and secular humanism. The faith of Christ will go on and we will be free nd have our liberty in our souls as well as 'physically' in the New Jerusalem. We must keep our eyes on this Blessed Hope.
Also, never live in anything LESS than liberty in your spiritual walk here on earth. You are no longer a servant to sin. You should no loger be entangled with the yoke of bondage or with the cares of this world. You can move forward with what seems to the world to be a reckless abandonment!
Faith and Freedom go hand in hand!
BTW. Politically and nationally speaking---freedom, physical freedom does reign in a Nation where God is honored and human dignity is understood. The further Germany moved in an ungodly direction, the more they accepted the teachings of faschism. and the further America moves away from God and His principles, the less chance we have of having physical freedom in our Nation. But these political realities cannot change our spiritual reality. We are in Christ.