What does the Bible say about freedom? These 20 Inspiring Verses About Freedom explain what freedom is in God’s eyes, His desire for us to be free, what freedom means, and how to find true freedom in Christ.
In America, we celebrate freedom from oppression every year with huge celebrations nationally and personally. Christians should celebrate freedom from bondage, oppression, fear, worry, sin, and death every single day.
The Word of God is our best source of help in maintaining and growing our freedom in Christ and these 20 Inspiring Verses About Freedom along with the Study Guide On Freedom and Liberty will help you celebrate your freedom.
Freedom in the Bible
Starting in Exodus 5:1, we see God’s desire for His people to be set free from oppression as He appoints Moses and Aaron to accomplish this task.
Here we have an analogy of Christ redeeming His people from sin and death. Moses’ plea to Pharaoh is – “Set my people free.” These 4 words have been repeated throughout history in a variety of application. In Exodus, the meaning was freedom from slavery and oppression. This was a physical freedom.
Jesus came to set us free from slavery to sin, oppression from the enemy, death, restore our relationship to the Father, and bring spiritual freedom.
From the beginning when sin entered the world, freedom in the Bible has meant freedom from the effects of sin.
We still live in a world which is under the power of sin but, we are not of this world. We are surely affected by results of sin but forgiveness, cleansing from sin, communion with God through the Holy Spirit, and freedom from slavery to sin and death are ours forever.
In Jesus’ prayer for His disciples and all those to come, He said:
“But now I am returning to you so Father, I pray that they will experience and enter into my joyous delight in you so that it is fulfilled in them and overflows.
I have given them your message and that is why the unbelieving world hates them. For their allegiance is no longer to this world because I am not of this world. I am not asking that you remove them from the world, but I ask that you guard their hearts from evil,
For they no longer belong to this world any more than I do. “Your Word is truth!
So make them holy by the truth. I have commissioned them to represent me just as you commissioned me to represent you. And now I dedicate myself to them as a holy sacrifice
so that they will live as fully dedicated to God and be made holy by your truth.”
John 17:13-19 TPT
The Inspired WOrd of God
The title of this article includes the word ‘inspiring.’ Inspiration sounds like a wonderful thing, and, it is! However, do you really know what it means and where it comes from?
Merriam Webster definition of “inspire:”
When inspire first came into use in the 14th century it had a meaning it still carries in English today: “to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural influence or action.” It’s this use that we see in phrases like “scripture inspired by God,” where the idea is that God shaped the scripture in an active and explicit way. The meaning is a metaphorical extension of the word’s Latin root: inspirare means “to breathe or blow into.” The metaphor is a powerful one, with the very breath of a divine or supernatural force asserted as being at work.
The original meaning of ‘inspire’ was to have God breathe into. His breath brings life today just as it did in creation. God is at work in us through the Holy Spirit who lives inside us.
Scripture can be the breath of God into our lives. I can change, motivate, enliven, correct, feed, and restore us. It gives us power. The spoken word creates. Reading and speaking the verses on our heart and freedom will help you in the process of change
As we look at the 20 Verses About Freedom, it is important that we allow them to inspire and change us. The Word of God can literally ‘change your mind.” But, this only happens if you allow it.
We need to prepare our hearts, souls, and minds to receive God’s Word inwardly and make it part of our lives. It is our choice.
The Power of the Word of God
For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, like a two-mouthed sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts. Hebrews 4:12 TPT
God has transmitted his very substance into every Scripture (Torah), for it is God-breathed. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. Then you will be God’s servant, fully mature and perfectly prepared to fulfill any assignment God gives you. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 TPT
For through the eternal and living Word of God you have been born again. And this “seed” that he planted within you can never be destroyed but will live and grow inside of you forever 1 Peter 1:23 TPT
He answered, “The Scriptures say: Bread alone will not satisfy, but true life is found in every word that constantly goes forth from God’s mouth.” Matthew 4:4 TPT
This is why we continually thank God for your lives, because you received our message wholeheartedly. You embraced it not as the fabrication of men but as the word of God. And the word continues to be an energizing force in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 TPT
So also will be the word that I speak; it does not return to me unfulfilled. My word performs my purpose and fulfills the mission I sent it out to accomplish.” Isaiah 55:11 TPT
There are many more scriptures about the power of the Word but I hope you see that it has power, brings inspiration, and can breathe into you the life, hope, peace, love, and strength you need each day.
20 Inspiring Verses About Freedom
What freedoms have we been given? While it’s easy to understand the freedom achieved by the Revolutionary War, it may not always be so easy and clear-cut to understand the spiritual freedom, mental, emotional, and physical freedoms we have been given through Christ. These verses about freedom can help clarify that.
Freedom to Have Life More Abundantly
In John 10:10, Jesus tells us one of His promises to us,
“A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow! John 10:10 TPT
What is ‘life more abundantly?” Strongs Concordance defines life – “Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence.”
It isn’t a promise of wealth or a life without problems. It is a promise that we can experience true life in Christ as we live physically in this world. And, we can have the abundance of eternal life. We are free to have life in Christ and have it abundantly.
Freedom From Worry
“So above all, constantly seek God’s kingdom and his righteousness, then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” Matthew 6:33-34
Jesus gives us 3 instructions. First, constantly seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness. He will take care of the less important things. God’s will is for us to free from worry. Using the verses about freedom will help you in your daily life as you read and speak them out loud.
Second, refuse to worry about tomorrow. I know that can be hard to do. If there’s no money in the bank and no food in the house, it’s really hard not to worry. I’ve experienced both and here’s what I did – I worried! However, I also prayed – sought God’s kingdom – and He answered.
Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:6-7 TPT
Paul tells us how to be free from worry. Paul had some really good reasons to worry. For one thing, he was in prison when he wrote this! He wrote what he knew. He knew the power of prayer and the peace of God that guarded his heart and mind through Christ.
Freedom from worry comes through honest prayer and supplication combined with faith in God and His Word. The result will be peace.
Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 TPT
Freedom From Fear
Fear can be a powerful enemy. It can consume our thoughts, emotions, and wear away our faith but it one of the things these verses about freedom will help you defeat.
We have the power to conquer fear.
Jesus replied, “Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place. But those who don’t love me will not obey my words. The Father did not send me to speak my own revelation, but the words of my Father. I am telling you this while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like me who sets you free, he will teach you all things in my name. And he will inspire you to remember every word that I’ve told you. “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous! John 14:23-27 TPT
Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will inspire us to remember His words. He also says He left us His peace and it isn’t fragile. He also tells us not to yield to fear.
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1John 4:14-18 NIV
We are not meant to live in fear. Fear is an emotion, a feeling. Most of the things we spend time being afraid of never happen. And, when something bad does happen, we must resist fear. We may ‘feel’ fearful but we do not have to ‘act’ on that fear.
Instead, we must resist, pray, and trust. The more we do this, the easier it becomes.
I have struggled with that gnawing feeling of fear. What I have learned to do is to pray and resist the enemy using Scripture. Praying this way, “I will be strong and very courageous and I will not fear (Joshua 1:9). I have not been giving a Spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). God will keep me in perfect peace because I trust Him and I am setting my mind on Him (Isaiah26:3).
I repeat that over and over for as many times as it takes to change my thoughts and redirect my emotions. There are many, many Scriptures you use to help be free from fear. This is God’s will for us.
Freedom From Chains of Bondage
The Holy Spirit is our Victory and the one who breaks the chains of bondage to this world and its ways. Use these verses about freedom to break the chains of bondage.
“Let me emphasize this: As you yield to the dynamic life and power of the Holy Spirit, you will abandon the cravings of your self-life. When your self-life craves the things that offend the Holy Spirit you hinder him from living free within you! And the Holy Spirit’s intense cravings hinder your self-life from dominating you! So then, the two incompatible and conflicting forces within you are your self-life of the flesh and the new creation life of the Spirit. But when you yield to the life of the Spirit, you will no longer be living under the law, but soaring above it!” Galatians 5:16-18 TPT
What does this have to do with freedom from bondage? Our flesh or old man, constantly tries to tempt us into sin, to put chains on us binding us to a sin. It can be a habit, a desire, hatred, envy, and many other things. But here, we see the power of the Holy Spirit.
In James 4:7, we are told, “So then, surrender to God. Stand up to the devil and resist him and he will flee in agony.”
I recommend that you Romans 8. It is an incredible chapter telling us how to be free from the law of sin and death.
2 Corinthians 10 also tells us how to break free from any bondage or deception that may have built a stronghold in us.
For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons, using manipulation to achieve our aims. Instead, our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 TPT
Scriptures on Freedom and Liberty
You will find a link to a free “Study Guide on Freedom and Liberty” at the end of this blog. It will summarize the verses about freedom you have been given here along with a few more. You can utilize it whenever you feel as if you are not free in Christ.
There are also some Scripture Prayers you can use to tell the enemy who you are and where you stand in Christ. If we resist, the enemy must flee.
Here is a list of the Scriptures used here:
- John 17:13-19
- Hebrews 4:12
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- 1 Peter 1:23
- Matthew 4:4
- 1 Thessalonians 2:13
- Isaiah 55:11
- John 10:10
- Matthew 6:33-34
- Philippians 4:6-7
- 1 Peter 5:7
- John 14:23-27
- 1 John 4:14-18
- Joshua 1:9
- 2 Timothy 1:7
- Isaiah 26:3
- Galatians 5:16-18
- James 4:7
- Romans 8
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
I hope you found inspiration today and for all your tomorrows. CLICK HERE to download your free “Study Guide on Freedom and Liberty.” There are 33 pages of Study Guide, Verses About freedom to use with the Guide and Verses to print and keep with you wherever you need them.
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