When you are not born-again, you are under the influence of the world of which the devil is god. In this state you will always seek to gratify the various lustful desires of the flesh. This is the nature of the natural man – a person not under the influence of the Holy Spirit. Such a man sees it as a restriction or an infringement on his/her freedom to do otherwise. And yet Apostle Paul points out the effects of living life with the deception of this false freedom:
“It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.” [Galatians 5:19-21].
This nature of man is contrary to the nature of God, and for the natural man it would be death to suggest that he“… discipline [his] body and keep it under control” [1 Corinthians 9:27, NIV]. Unfortunately, there is no “happy ending” for the man who lives this type of life because “[t]hose who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit” [Galatians 6:8, NLT].
But there is hope! True FREEDOM comes through Jesus Christ because “… if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free” [John 8:36, AMP]. A person experiencing true freedom does not use his/her freedom to harm others but manifests the fruits of the recreated human Spirit of “affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. [Galatians 5:22, THE MSG]. This is what life in Christ brings to everyone who accepts the gift of salvation. Contrastingly, life in the world only bring upon you the yoke of death [spiritual death and emptiness].
Is the freedom you are experiencing today keeping you in straitjackets and causing a spiritual decay in your life? Why don’t you surrender that facade of freedom and let Jesus make you TRULY free?
For further study, read Galatians 5 & John 8:34-38.