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How to Experience Ultimate Freedom

Updated on October 20, 2015
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Freedom Is Not Free

As a Nation, we just celebrated America's independence. The July 4th holiday brings thoughts of victory, independence and freedom. We are so grateful to all the men and women in our military who have fought for our country in places all over the world, so that we may remain free. A lot of them have paid the ultimate price for that freedom, and we honor them for their service to our great Nation. Sadly, too many of our dear military men and women are coming home with tortured, battle-scarred minds and cannot seem to escape the horrors of what they have been through and seen.

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Time To Get Real

I am also reminded of a different kind of freedom, one that only God can provide.

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36, NKJV)

Are you truly free? Do you know what it really feels like to be totally free? I do now, but there was a time when I was in chains due to the sin in my life, until I came to know my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who paid the highest price for us all, so that we may truly be free.

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Before Being Set Free


The following is a sad picture of who I was before Christ set me free:

My mind was never at rest, always worrying about anything and everything, from my job, children, family, what other people may think about me, how I dressed, how I looked physically, and so on and so on.

When I went to bed at night, I never slept, as I would re-run the day over and over in my mind. I would have to take a pill to just go to sleep.

I could not even walk into a room full of people without my knees knocking in fear that they may turn around and look at me. Ridiculous!

If I had to speak in front of a crowd, I would stutter and stammer before finally getting the words out.

I would avoid everybody, just not to have to confront anyone in any situation.

I never said what I was actually thinking for fear of ridicule.

I never believed I was good enough to be around certain people.

In high school, I would hide behind books just to not have to interact with people. Crazy!

After high school, I got married and we moved away from home, and a whole new world opened up for us, the world of going to concerts and partying like there was no tomorrow. Just trying to fit in with the crowd. Scary to think about now and how did we even survive? God's grace!


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Living Truly Free Now


Why do we often forge chains for ourselves? Jesus tells us in the gospel, "Everyone who lives in sin is a slave of sin." Maybe we have all experienced some kind of similar self-destructive behavior in our lives. We want to be free from the chains, and Jesus, the Son of God, assures us: "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

Freedom from slavery is never easily obtained. It is a hard journey, for the chains that hold us are strong. However, we are not on this journey alone.

In addition, His Holy Word, the Bible, God tells us:

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." Romans 8:1-4

In His Word, He tells us that we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The mind is the main battlefield of Satan, as he plants those false imaginations. After all that time in high school when I felt inadequate or not worthy, I learned later in life from people who I went to high school with, that I was thought of as a beautiful and smart young lady (but that is sure not how I saw myself). That is exactly how the enemy whispers those thoughts of untruths into our minds, and we believe him!!! How sad.

Here is what He tells us:

" Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2


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I am a Soldier - Author Unknown


I thought this is so beautiful and may help those whose minds are not set free. Sharing this poem by an unknown author:


"I am a soldier in the army of my God. The Lord Jesus Christ is
my commanding officer. The Holy Bible is my code of conduct.
Faith, prayer, and the Word are my weapons of warfare. I have
been taught by the Holy Spirit, trained by experience, tried by
adversity, and tested by fire. I am a volunteer in this army,
and I am enlisted for eternity.

I will either retire in this army at the end of time, or die in
it; but I will not get out, sell out, be talked out, or pushed
out. I am faithful, reliable, capable, and dependable. If my
God needs me, I am there. If He needs me to teach a class, to
teach my neighbor, to help someone in need, or just to sit and
learn, He can use me because I am there! I am a soldier. I am
not a baby. I do not need to be pampered, petted, primed up,
pumped up, picked up, or pepped up.

I am a soldier. No one has to call me, remind me, write me,
visit me, entice me, or lure me. I am not a wimp. I am in
place, saluting my King, obeying His orders, praising His name,
and building His kingdom. No one has to send me flowers, gifts,
food, cards, candy, or give me handouts. I do not need to be
cuddled, cradled, cared for, or catered to.

I am committed. I cannot have my feelings hurt bad enough to
turn me around. I cannot be discouraged enough to turn aside. I
cannot lose enough to cause me to quit. When Jesus called me
into this army, I had nothing materially. If I end up with
nothing, I will still come out ahead. I will win spiritually.
My God has supplied my needs, and will continue to supply all
of my needs.

I am more than a conqueror. I will always triumph. I can do all
things through Christ. Devils cannot defeat me. People cannot
disillusion me. Weather cannot weary me. Sickness cannot stop
me. Battles cannot beat me. Money cannot buy me. Governments cannot silence me, and hell cannot handle me, because I’m safe in my Savior.

I am a soldier. Even death cannot destroy me. For when my
commander calls me from this battlefield, He will promote me,
and then allow me to rule with Him. I am a soldier in the army,
and I’m marching, claiming victory. I will not give up. I will
not turn around. I am a soldier, and I am heaven bound, and
here I stand! Will you stand with me as a good soldier of Jesus
Christ?"

He Sets Us Free

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My Prayer For You


I pray if there be anyone who does not know the ultimate freedom found in Christ, that He will reveal Himself to you, and you will come to know Him and believe Him. I am not talking about believing in Him, but believing Him - His Word - His Truths, and that is when you will truly be set free to be who you were created to be. I pray that you will begin to see yourself through God's eyes and, oh, what a beautiful sight you are to behold. You can be set free from those chains that bind you. I have faith that you can be free from bondage to freedom in Christ!!!


In His Love, Faith Reaper

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The Old Has Passed Away


Let us be mindful of what God tells us in His Word, the Holy Bible, as follows:

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17

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If you answered "Yes" to the above questions, you now belong to Him! Now, go and tell someone!


Rejoice!

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All May Be Saved Now

" Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him. ---Revelation 3:20

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. ---Romans 10:13

I Am Saved

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    • k2jade31 profile image

      Kimberly Shelden 4 years ago from Idaho

      Oh my gosh this is absolutely awesome! This Hub is beautiful and inspiring- so well written! And I loved the images you used, it is just spectacular~ Kimberly

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      What a wonderful hub and I loved the little girl, I hope everyone will watch that. Voting up.

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      Dear Faith Reaper, I loved your article about being completely free in Jesus Christ, and I too was a worrier, unhappy with myself, felt like I may not be good enough to be around certain people, just like you said....but now, years later, I have gotten to like & love myself because Jesus loves me and He has set me free too, just like you...wonderful article and beautiful video of the two year old....God bless you & take care, Helen

      **I vote this up, beautiful & am sharing it!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      k2jade31 - Dearest friend, thank you so much for the great comments. I am praying all is well with you. God bless you.

      Lovely Jackie - I appreciate the lovely comment. God bless you.

      Helen -oceansider- I appreciate your honest comments and sharing with me. Isn't it great to be free in Christ!!! He first loved us, so now we can love others, including ourselves. Praise Him! Thank you for the wonderful comments. We can be free to let our light so shine to glorify Him. God bless you.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      jesshubpages 4 years ago

      Great article miss Faith! Why is it great? Because the hero is the greatest! Godbless again...

      JDalaqui

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Amen Jess, He is the greatest! God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I loved this hub. It is so beautiful and is exactly what people need in this world and in this time. It has happened to me also. Praise God for this. You have written such a wonderful hub. Please don't think I am trying to be funny or anything, but perhaps God inspired you to write this.

      Voted up and across, ( except funny).

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      gottabegod 4 years ago

      Excellent and magnificent!!!

      I did not sleep well last night for I was wrestling with some concerns for a few people on my heart - they are in chains and need to be set free - this hub gave me some new prayer power for them!!!!!!!!!!

      This is a wonderful message of hope, faith and blessing!!!!!!!

      The video of the two year old girl reciting The Lord's Prayer is just precious - and I loved "I Am A Soldier"! I will share this hub!!!

      Thank you sister and fellow lover of Christ!

      God bless,

      Tracia

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      Kellyb7478 4 years ago from Ohio

      2 Corinthians 5:17!!! My favorite verse EVER!

      I have lived your life Faith! ... all glory goes to God for giving us the chance to reboot our lives, and live the way HE intended us to live.

      Excellent writing! Live well my sister in Christ!

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Faith, you are indeed a soldier. What a stirring hub, and I second every word. Up and beautiful.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is such a beautifully written and inspirational hub enjoyed reading it ! If we have faith in God than what more do we need !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      There is no better freedom that having the good company of the big guy up there. I make jokes, smile and I know he smiles with us. Our father knows who we are and he has set us free, since we were born. You are here for a reason and we know you are a wonderful person and true Daughter. Thanks for the inspirational piece, and yeah I have a son in the Air Force and another one on the way. Blessings!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago

      Michele, I do not think you are funny, as I, too, believe God inspired me to write this hub, as I do pray before I publish and write any hub and ask Him to reveal to me what He would like said. Thank you for the wonderful comment. You are an awesome Sister in Christ. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Sister Tracia (Gottabegod), Wow, maybe God wanted me to write this as He knows what you are dealing with, and I know He gave me His words. He is always so faithful. So great is His faithfulness. I pray this will help anyone who reads it in whatever manner they need help. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Kellyb - Amen to that!!! I know now when I get into to bed and pray and cast all my cares up to Him, then comes that sweet, sweet sleep, as I have that peace, His peace, that surpasses all understanding. Glory be to God. I am so thankful His mercies are new each and every morning, especially in my case! God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Mollymeadows - Thanks for the awesome comments. The best part about being free is knowing I do not have to please anyone except my God!!! And I want to be obedient in doing that so to glorify Him. Since He set me free, I now have a voice. Whereas before, I was so enslaved, I was too fearful to say much of anything. God bless you dear Sister. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      kashmir - Yes, what more DO we need? Amen!!! Blessings to you my dear friend. Thank you for the awesome comment glorifying our sweet Lord. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest lord de cross - You are so right, as He does know us better than we know ourselves, and I know He has a sense of humor for sure!!! His Word tells us that a joyful heart is good medicine. So, let's keep on as His Word tells us to do, "Rejoice in the Lord, I will say it again, Rejoice!!! You are here for a reason too no doubt, and I am blessed to know you via Hub Pages. I will pray for your sons that the Lord build a special hedge of protection all around them. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      David Ramses 4 years ago

      Great hub! God bless you!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      David, Thank you so much for reading and commenting. God bless you too. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Angelme566 4 years ago

      Faith like i am listening to the pastor's preaching the good news. This hub is so full , it nourishes my soul. Thanks for bringing us closer to Him through your work. God is great all the time and may He bless people like you !

      This is a 5 star hub. Voted and shared !

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      A first-rate inspiration. Jesus means freedom since that biblical event of saving our souls from eternal death.

      Peace to all and thank you, FR for always inspiring us here on HubPages. :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Angelme - Yes, God is great all the time! Amen to that. God bless you.

      travel man - Thanks so much for reading and leaving wonderful comments to glorify our Lord.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Everything wonderful about you is so obvious in this hub. Wonderful hub, and very inspiring. God Bless You.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      stars, ah, you are sooooo sweet. Thank you for reading and leaving lovely comments. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Faith you are so sweet and I love your hubs.. thank you for all you do. May God Bless you always..

      Debbie

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Debbie, you are so precious. Thank you for the lovely comments and continuing to read. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Well said. And sharing how you became free is powerful. Most of us in our lifetime have struggles. Knowing there is a way to freedom from the shackles is a blessing we can embrace. Thank you, Faith Reaper, for sharing this with us.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      pstraubie - so wonderful to see you stopping by to read. Yes, He is the ultimate freedom, and He deserves all the glory!!! Praise Him!!! I am sorry for the late comments, but I just got home from my hour commute and had to make a couple of stops too. I hope everyone here on HP understands. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      ForEverVirtuous 4 years ago from St. Louis

      From reading this hub and just glancing at the ones on your page, I just believe in my heart that your soul truly burns for the Lord..and you're not alone! I'm sure I'll enjoy reading more from you! I'm a newcomer here (so feel free to read one of my 4 first hubs, lol) and your Hub is awesome. Jesus just speaks throughout your whole profile!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello ForEverVirtuous,

      So very nice to meet you here, and I do so appreciate your kind and lovely comments here, as those are my very intentions here on HP, I pray. So, thank you very much for stating such.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Who the Lord set FREE is free indeed! We sure need his kind of free-ness to loose ourselves from these world ties/bondage.

      We just got to be more positive , see things in a different light. When we sick etc see that there are so many people far worst off than us. Free our minds, body, soul and spirit from negativity and we'll feel so much better.

      Thanks for sharing

      God bless you always Faith.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jo (LadyFidder),

      So lovely to see you stopping by to read this day!

      Amen, dear heart ... free indeed. We have so many blessings to be thankful for and surely they outweigh any negative things in our lives.

      We always need to remember to look up.

      God bless you too, Jo

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