Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
Braveheart is one of my favorite movies ever. It has all the elements I love, the little guy fighting to overcome a very large enemy for his freedom. In the end, though William Wallace is drawn and quartered, this is more brutal than crucifixion, but a quicker death. The historical accuracy of the film has been under attack, but I really don’t care, I love the story and in the end the King of Scotland does the right thing and fights for the freedom of the people. Spiritual warfare is a lot like the midlevel combat depicted in the film. It’s very brutal, because our enemy is very cunning in how he attacks us. It takes an army to fight and defend. We need our brothers and sisters to keep us accountable and strong. Arrows, swords and shields are a part of our battle armor as stated in Ephesians. The cool thing about this war is it’s already been won before the battles have been fought. Yes we have to fight the battles, but our attitude needs to be that of the victor and not the victim. We can take a lesson from the short speech that supposedly William Wallace gave to his fellow Scots before they fought the English for the first time. He said, “Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!” In brief, he is saying that they still will be enslaved and living with regret.
As the above verse is saying, we find freedom in the Holy Spirit of God. We should be tapping into the Holy Spirit in our spiritual warfare because there is where we find our freedom. Actually, this is another paradox of the bible; we find our freedom through Christ, but are slaves to God. I much rather be a slave to God than a slave to sin. I much rather have God in control of my life than out of control with my life. I much rather have God influence my life choices than make them on my own. See this type of slavery gives us freedom. It gives us freedom to love others, freedom to make godly choices, freedom to give freely of our time, of our money. When we follow the Holy Spirit, we find adventure and uncertainty in most cases. It’s sad to say that most Christians want to run home and be safe, not step out in faith and follow what the Holy Spirit has for them. Even though favor, inspiration and significance is found just around the corner. God will give you favor, He will make you inspiring and He will bring significance to your somewhat routine life if you let Him.
We need to take a clue from William Wallace at least the character in the movie with that stirring speech. Yes, we can play it safe, but how will that affect us? We would live out the remainder of our days in regret. Should have, could have, would have, are the active words for a life lived in regret. All regret does, is it reminds us what we missed in life. As outlined in the speech freedom and the claim of it may be costly, may be risky, but well worth it. Maybe you have had a godly opportunity presented to you and you didn’t take it. You took the easy way out and decided not to do it with an excuse. It’s never too late to take the reins and look for another opportunity. God is the God of second, third, forth and so on chances. One of the greatest things He has given us is freedom to choose what we do. We can do what He has desired for our lives, or we can do what we want on our own. When we choose His way, there is fruit in our lives. When we choose our way there may be fruit, but where is the inspiration, where is the significance, where is the glory that God desires? When we have a design-determined life, it may make our life inspiring, it may make it significant, but the important thing is that God gets all the glory. William Wallace made a significant impact in the history of Scotland. He was the catalyst that began a revolution to get freedom for his people. To live freely is to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit. What are you going to start in your life to bring freedom to others? The best freedom is being a servant and follower of Christ. The journey is an adventure that may have risks, may be costly, but in the end, regret has no hold on your life and you are free as a bird in the air.
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.