17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
— 2 Cor. 3:17 NLT
Before we accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we lived in spiritual bondage and darkness. Blinded by a veil of unbelief, we lived a lifestyle controlled by our fleshly desires. We thought we had the freedom to make the decisions for our lives when, in fact, we were being controlled by lusts, greed, emotions and every evil thing. We did not see those things as evil because we were spiritually blind. They were veiled by our own ignorance and the subtleties of the devil. Our daily lives were consumed by the great “I” , it was all about us. We spent our time and resources chasing after temporary pleasures and desperately seeking the next “high”. Those “highs’ could be the next drink, pill, sexual act or something as seemingly innocent as a shopping trip or a sports event. Whatever it took to give us that temporary pleasure, we did and thought we were happy. It was not until the Holy Spirit called us and opened our eyes to see the fallacy of short-term pleasures that we realized we needed and wanted something different. The Holy Spirit gave us the freedom to choose a different way of life and freed us from the bondage of “self”. He doesn’t ask us to change ourselves, He ask us for permission to allow Him to change us. It is then and only then, that we realize how badly we were blinded and bound. With the Spirit comes freedom. Freedom to become everything God has planned for us. Lead on, Holy Spirit, Lead on.