The Liberty of the Spirit – Toni Babcock
“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners will be converted unto Thee.” (Psalms 51:12-13 KJV).
The liberty of the Spirit implies exactly that – the liberty of the Spirit. For example, when the Word of God says “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,” it is not talking about our liberty to live however we please, it is talking about the Spirit’s liberty to live in and through us, however He pleases. (II Corinthians 3:17 KJV).
That being the case, does God have liberty in our lives? If not, what hinders the Spirit? What do we hold onto that prevents us from being what Jesus wants us to be? Un-forgiveness? Fear? Envy? Unbelief? Are we frustrating the Spirit due to a lack of faith?
May God make each of us willing to examine ourselves in the light of His Word to discover how we may be quenching the liberty of the Spirit. For the joy of salvation is not the liberty to live as we choose, but the liberty to live how the Spirit of God chooses.
Toni M. Babcock is author of The Stone Writer, Christian Fiction for Young Readers and Teens. Contact