Freedom Is Found at The Cross

Lessons From a Stained Glass Window

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 NKJV

Historically, last stands are usually the end of the line, for the losing military. General Custer had his last stand, as did the people in the Alamo. What country do you live in? Does your history have any famous last stands? Both American last stands went down in a blaze of defeat.  As believers in Christ, we are called to make our last stand, also. Unlike, Custer and the Alamo, the last stand for Christians is not a stand leading to agonizing defeat. The Christian last stand is a stand for victory, the victory of Christ, in our life over Sin, Self, the World and our adversary, the Devil!

Unlike, military last stands, which are defensive in nature, the Christians last stand is offensive in nature. We are told to stand fast in liberty. Here we are admonished to become pillars of unmovable strength. This stand is stationary. However, it perseveres through offensive living in the victory of Christ’s crucified death, burial, resurrection and ascension.  Through faith and trust we stand fast and live victoriously in the world.

A question to answer, is this stand for liberty easy? No, the stand for liberty isn’t easy! If the liberty we have is true, why must we have a last stand to hold onto it? The Scriptures give us various reasons for making a stand to protect our liberty in Christ.

First, our liberty is something worth fighting for. Liberty is a precious gift from the Father.

“Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” James 1:16-18 NKJV

This gift of liberty, from the Father of lights, coming down to us, is in His Son Christ. It is the gift of liberty in salvation.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8 NKJV

This liberty which salvation brings is multifaceted. We have liberty manifested through reconciliation with God, forgiveness of our sins against God, ending the war against God, having peace with God, and moving from being unjust in God’s sight to becoming justified before Him. Furthermore, we have been delivered and rescued from the dominion of darkness and moved into the kingdom of the Son God loves. The greatest part of the liberty we have, is our adoption by God into His family as a child of His. The benefits of liberty are found by being recreated by God. We, who are in Christ, have been given the gift of liberty by becoming new creations, being set free from old things.  (Verses to study: Colossians 1:19-20, Ephesians 1:7-8, Romans 5:1, Romans 3:24, Colossians 1:13-14, 1 John 3:1, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15.)

Liberty is freedom from anything, which enslaves or causes bondages. The gift of God, which comes down to us is a liberating gift. The believers in Christ have been given perfect liberating freedom. The problem of Christians, in not experiencing this incredible liberty is, they don’t stand fast in it. You cannot stand fast on a principle when you don’t believe the principle. The Hebrew writer warns us of this.

“Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.’” Hebrews 3:12-15 NKJV

Christ’s mission is to bring every human healing liberty.

This completed work of Christ is surely something we must believe in, receive and stand firm on.

Let us finish answering the question about how hard it is to stand firm in the liberty of Christ. Jesus said a distressing statement. He was expressing a deep concern of His, if at His second coming, His followers would be standing firm for Him.

“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 NKJV

The Christian last stand is an offensive battle against a four-prong enemy attack. These attacks are designed to take away our liberty and bring us back into subjection and bondage to sin, self and Satan. As stated above, the first attacking element is the army of doubt, to corrode our trust and belief in the statements of Scripture. An evil heart of unbelief is the goal. Friends stand firm against an evil heart of unbelief!

A second attacking army is the army of sin. Cain faced this army and lost. He sinned and murdered his brother Abel.

“So the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.’” Genesis 4:6-7 NKJV

If we open the door, after we hear the knock of sin, we will sin and lose our liberty. Friends stand firm against the knock of sin!

 A third attacking army is led by General Flesh. He does not like his disposal from the rule of our life. He wants to come back and dispose the Holy Spirit and take away our liberty.

If General Flesh returns to life in your being, you will lose your liberty.  Friends stand firm against General Flesh!

The third attacking army against our liberty in Christ is, the world. It is filled with many marching allurements. These armies cry out for us to yield to all earthly desires. The yielding to them will smash your liberty in Christ.

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” 1 John 2:15-16 NKJV

If we do not stand firm against the worldly lust of flesh, eyes and pride, we will lose our liberty! Friends stand firm against the love of the world!

The fourth attacker against our liberty is the devil himself. He hates Christians and desires to destroy their liberating faith in Christ. Christ gave us liberty from Satan, and the devil doesn’t like it. His goal, before his final judgement, is to devour and vanquish Christians. He wants to separate us from Christ, so we will go to hell also.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 NKJV

People, if we don’t stand against him, well, bye-bye, liberty. Friends stand firm against the roaring lion!

The death of Jesus Christ the Son of God was horrific, beyond comprehension. He died for our liberty. To ignore this liberty is foolish. If we have found the liberty and don’t decide to keep it, is downright stupid. There are a lot of enemies fighting to destroy what we have in Christ. The Apostle Paul gave us our last stand orders.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 NKJV

When Texans fought for their liberty from Mexico, the last stand of the Alamo became a rallying cry for their independence. When the fighting got hard, they buttressed themselves for the fight by shouting, “Remember the Alamo!” They remembered the Alamo and obtained their liberty by standing fast for it. The lesson is, “Liberty is worth fighting for.”

As Christians, a good lesson can be learned from this, our liberty is worth fighting for. Let us remember the crucifixion of Christ. Let this be our rallying cry when the fighting gets hard, “Jesus Christ Crucified!” If we stand fast on this, we will have the victory of liberty.

“But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:23-24 NKJV

©Guy Calandra , Author – The Inside World

Christian, stand fast, because freedom is found at the cross.

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