by Terry J. Hallock

All God's Children Just Want to Be Free
T. J. Hallock
Galatians 5:1

''It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.''

Freedom! What a powerful word! Along with love and security, freedom is the deepest desire of each human heart. Throughout the ages people have laid down their very lives to win it. In this very hour our best, bravest, and brightest spill their blood on foreign soil so that others might know it. In the words of an old gospel song, ''All God's children just want to be free.''

Freedom! We live in the midst of the greatest incarnation of freedom in human history. Though we are surrounded by unmatched political and social freedom, not all possess real freedom for they carry a heavy load of enslaving chains that makes freedom an illusive dream. Their chains are not visible to the naked eye. These are not the chains of a human tyrant whose goal is to silence their lips. These are the chains of the Prince of this world whose goal is to kill, steal and destroy their souls. While their bodies live in freedom, their souls are tightly locked in spiritual bondage. Their face may not tell you of their chains. But their eyes will reveal their pain. And if their voices could describe their greatest wish they would tell you how they long for just one moment of liberty from the demons of their darkness. All God's children just want to be free.

Freedom! There is a source of freedom -- real, soul deep freedom -- that is greater than any chains the devil can forge. It is a freedom greater than the chains of addiction. We know it is so because we have seen the source of this perfect freedom instantly liberate the lives of those who have used alcohol or drugs for a lifetime in order to self-medicate their pain. This freedom I speak of is stronger than any chains of demon possession or deep despair. We know it is true because we have seen it reach out and rescue those st ...

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