Free Indeed – Part 2

“FREE INDEED – Part 2”

INTRO: God wants us all to be truly free (John 8:32, 36)! Free – not being controlled by something or someone in a way that brings negative results (1Cor. 6:12; 1Thess. 4:4). The world doesn’t offer us true freedom, but rather behavior modification. The foundation for true freedom is fully committing & connecting to Christ (Jn. 8:36; Gal. 5:1; John 15:4-5).

I. FREEDOM IS A CHOICE (Prov. 18:21; Deut. 30:19; Gal. 5:1).

  1. To experience different results, do different things.
  2. No one can do it for you or can keep you from doing it!
  3. Are you ready to choose freedom?

II. TO CHANGE THE FRUIT, DEAL WITH THE ROOT.

The root determines the fruit (Prov. 12:12b; Jer. 12:2; Rom. 11:16; Hos. 9:6; Matt. 13:5-6, 20-21).

  1. You can’t get rid of bad fruit by cutting off the branches.
  2. True freedom comes from the inside out (Matt. 23:27).
  3. The Tree Analogy:
    1. Branches & fruit – Behaviors (both good and bad). Works of the flesh vs. the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:19-24)
    2. Trunk – Beliefs (which feed our behaviors).
    3. Roots – Exposures & Experiences (feed our beliefs).

Our beliefs are based on our interpretation (right or wrong) of life’s exposures and experiences.

Examples – Tracing the Fruit to the Root

III. HOW CAN WE EFFECTIVELY DEAL WITH OUR BELIEFS AND ROOTS?

  1. To deal with beliefs – renew your mind (Rom. 12:2).
  2. To deal with roots – submit them to truth & Christ’s transforming power (John 8:32, 36; Matt. 3:10a).
  3. Plant some holy roots (Rom. 11:16; Jer. 17:7-8; Ps. 1:1-3).

CONCLUSION: God wants us all to be truly free (John 8:32, 36; Gal. 5:1)! Freedom is a choice (Prov. 18:21a; Deut. 30:19; Gal. 5:1). Will you choose freedom? To change the fruit, you have to deal with the root. Will you go there?