29 Dec Freedom is Always Tested
Freedom is never a reality until it is tested. In the Constitutions of most countries you will see flowery words of individual rights and freedoms but they mean nothing until they are attempted by individuals in that society. Freedom of speech, freedom to travel, and freedom to work are assumed rights, but they are often challenged by controlling people.
At the turn of the century America’s freedom of religion was tested by a foreigner named Alexander Dowie. He came from Australia with a healing message for this country which prides itself in its freedoms, and he was arrested over 100 times for all sorts of reasons, like practicing medicine without a license or disturbing the peace. All those arrests were illegal, but someone had to pay the price to test the system to see if the freedom written in the books was in reality a freedom you could experience.
Egypt kept Israel in bondage for 400 years. It was long enough to make them forget how a free person thinks. When they had an opportunity to be free men they wanted to return to the security of the chains in Egypt.
If a Christian is in bondage it is not because the devil is so strong, but rather their will to walk free is too weak. They will need to continually hear that Jesus has set them free, and that they can stand in that freedom, until it gets down in their spirit and reprograms their thinking.
After the Emancipation Proclamation first ordered the freedom of over 3 million slaves, they were given the opportunity to become legally free if they escaped the control of their slave masters. However, many died on those same farms under the whip of the owners because they were afraid to risk failure as free people.
Remember, who the Son sets free is free indeed!