Freedom for our Children

April 4, 2015 - Category: family-blog
Freedom for our Children
Do you want your children to live as free men and women?
 
In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off]. Galatians 5:1 (AMP)
 
What does freedom mean?  Does it mean that you are free to do whatever you want?  No, that is not true freedom and is not what God intends for His beloved children.

Freedom is the ability to exercise your choice to DO the things you DON'T want to do and the ability to exercise the restraint NOT to do the things you want to do.  Freedom is the expression of the Holy Spirit's gift of self-control.
 
As we were reading James Robison and Jay Richards’ book, Indivisible, we came across a most eloquent explanation of what freedom really means:
 
        Imagine a young girl, Mary, who has never had a violin lesson.  Mary can pick up a violin and
       grind out some sounds.  No one forces her to pull the bow across any particular string, so she’s
       “free” to play as she wants, and to drive her parents crazy in the process.  But is she free to
       make beautiful music?  Is she free to play Mozart in the New York Philharmonic?  Is she free to
       get a full scholarship to the Juilliard School or even to entertain friends and family in the backyard? 
       No, of course not. She can’t express either her own or the violin’s potential, because
        she hasn’t submitted to years of disciplined practice.  She hasn’t gotten the rules for excellent
       violin playing into her mind, her fingers, and her bones.  Only then will she be truly free to play the
       violin.  Only then will she enjoy freedom for excellence.*
 
Now, apply this idea to the verse:
 
Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6AMP)
 
What is our role as parents to raise “free” children into “free” adults?
 
We must not only help our children find their God given passion, but must also teach them to be disciplined in developing that passion.  If they only have their passion but no discipline or self-control to develop it, they will become frustrated, immature adults.  If they only experience a home of discipline and unfruitful restraint, they will become angry, overbearing adults.
 
Parenting is not easy and is not for the faint of heart.  We must encourage our children in the passions that God put into their hearts, while instilling in them the discipline required to live fully “free” in those passions.
 
Freedom is also knowing what the truth is and who they are in Christ.  Without that, our children will always struggle.  Knowing that, they will always have peace and be able to live freely in the truth.  Training our children up in the truth will allow them to live free and not in the bondage of the lies of the world.  Parenting becomes much simpler when we introduce God’s truth to our children.  His truth will protect them and set them free, truly free.
 
 And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. (John 8:32 AMP)

Some teach that freedom is getting rid of all the garbage from our pasts (the wounds, the memories, the choices, the consequences) and allowing forgiveness of ourselves and others to envelope us.  That is just half of it.  Once free from those hindrances, we must also choose to unleash that Holy Spirit power that enables us to live in freedom as we now define it.  For example, think of a big bowl of your favorite candy stting on your table. You can eat it all because you are now 'free' from all the past judgement of your peers and yourself regarding your self-image. Or, you can refrain from eating too much of it because you are now 'free' to exercise the gift of self-control.  Which is true freedom.  Live fully free and begin to train up your children in complete freedom!
 
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* Robison, James, and Jay Wesley Richards. "Chapter 2: What Is Freedom." Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom before It's Too Late. New York, N.Y.: FaithWords, 2012. pp16-17. Print.