I am, I ought, I can, I will; therefore I am Free
Imagine a strong beautiful horse running free; his head held high, the wind created by the horses speed causes its long beautiful mane to fly up and out across its muscled neck and back. It literally kicks his heels up as it runs; this horse appears as if its hooves aren’t even touching the ground as it flies across a lush green pasture. All of the sudden the horse breaks and rares up on its hind legs; kicking it’s front hooves into the air and let’s out this long happy sounding nay. He comes back down on all fours; his nostrils are flaring, his chest rapidly rises and falls as he takes fresh, clean air into his lungs. After a moment or two he completely relaxes and leans his head down and begins to nibble from this feast that is all around him.
You can’t help but be transfixed by this wild, free magnificent creature, so you watch him for a while. You do not know how much time has passed when suddenly the horse’s head snaps up, his nostrils flare once again but not because he is breathing hard. You can tell he has picked up a certain scent, a scent he is familiar with. He turns in a flash and begins to run back the way he came from. Your to involved with this fellow now, you have to find out where he is going and what has caused him to take off like that. You run to the next hill so you can have a better view, but of course compared to the speed of that horse you are moving at a snail’s pace. When you finally reach the hill you are amazed, truth be told you are actually shocked by what you see.
This creature whom you thought was wild and free, actually ran up and stopped short of a fence, a fence that unbelievably you hadn’t even noticed before. Opening a gate to this fence is a man holding a saddle and bridle. You can’t believe it, this horse isn’t wild after all, he belongs to someone. You are astonished, you never would have expected that this creature was anything but what he appeared; a wild horse running free. As you continue to watch, you are fascinated when you realize this horse is actually excited to see this man. When the horse whips his head from side to side and stomps his feet for good measure, the man just chuckles and rubs the horse’s neck. Yes, you can tell this man has a great fondness for this horse, he also appears to appreciate the fact that his horse has a wild independent streak. He saddles the horse without any objection from said horse. If you had to pick a word to describe what you are now observe, eager what have to be the word. It really seems as if the horse is actually eagerly lowering his head to accept the bridle and bit. Once the bit is in place the man grabs the reigns and jumps in the saddle. You can see that the man has left enough slack in the reins to give the horse his head. He gently pulls the reigns to the left and the horse obediently turns in that direction. As you watch it seems as if the man and his horse move as one, it is as if the horse knows exactly what to do even without the man having to pull on the reigns. Though the man doesn’t drop the reigns, he keeps them safely in his hands. It is obvious that there is a strong bond between this man and his horse. You watch as this duo moves across this lush pasture, and you sense, no, you just know this horse enjoys walking with this man on his back even more than he enjoyed that wild run earlier. As you ponder all that you have seen as they disappear out of sight, it hits you that this horse is truly free, just as you thought. Yes, the horse knows it and now you know it; this freedom that he is living is the best kind of freedom!!
You may ask how could being fenced in, saddled, bridled and ridden be freedom at all.
Well, the horse is free because he gets to run wild in a beautiful huge safe lush pasture, he doesn’t have to concern himself with where he will find food because it is all around him or brought to him, he is also safe from predators and harsh weather conditions because the man had that strong fence made and he also has a nice, dry, warm, safe barn for him if it is needed. The horse trust this man that he belongs to and so he knows it’s o.k. to be his fiery self.
This is the way I understand the Freedom we have in Christ.
I am, I ought, I can, I will; therefore I am Free!
Let me elaborate:
‘I am’––a child of God. ‘I ought’––There are things that as a child of God, I am called to do and things I should not do. ‘I can’––I can live exactly as God has called me to live because of CHRIST who strengthens me. ‘I will‘–– I will choose to live out the will of God. Therefore I am FREE!
You see the horse is bridled and has a bit placed in his mouth and yes, God has a plan for us, and a way in which God has called us to live. The Horse may be told to stop or go when he wasn’t planning on it himself, he may be led in a direction that he didn’t want to go and yes, we have our own will as the horse has his own. Just as the horse has to choose to submit to having the bridle placed on his head, the bit in his mouth and submit to the directions from the reigns, so we must choose to submit to God’s will and His ways. Yes, the horse is fenced in but it is not to harm him or to keep him from something good. The fence is there to keep the horse safe, to keep him from that which is not the best for him, it is to keep him in the place where he can be watched over, taken care of, and given exactly what He needs. That is what God’s will and expectations of us are; they are so we will be in the place where He can pour into us the very best for us and keep us from that which is not the best and may even be harmful. The man on the horse left enough slack in the reins so that the horse was not hurt by the bit, or irritated by the tug of the reigns as he was being led. Remember the man didn’t let go of the reigns so that He could pull them to the right, left or even stop the horse if needed. So to does God give us our head; he allows us to live, breath, move with a free will but he doesn’t let go of us, and He doesn’t leave us alone. He will direct us through His Spirit and word when needed but just as the horse did we must submit.
God wants us to know this gift of true Freedom. Which is the very best Freedom, we could possibly ever experience! We can know and live in this beautiful freedom. We can have it when we belong to Him through Jesus.When we live in this freedom; we can trust and be confident in who we are in Him, and confident in the unique way he made us. We can be confident in His love, protection, in the good plan He has always had for us and in all His promises. We can be confident in the fact that living as He requires, is the absolute best for us. We can be confident that He is with us always and he will never leave us. We can be confident that He is our present and future. We can be confident that He will do just as he promised. On top of all that, we have His companionship, His Holy Spirit and His word!!
Through belief, faith, submission and obedience to the father through Jesus; we can truly be confident that we have the absolute best kind of freedom!
When I belong to Christ I am Free Indeed. When I am Free in Christ I will joyfully accept the bridle, bit and direction from the reigns; which is the Holy Spirit and the word. I will accept the fence; which is the “will” of our Father. I will take this Freedom; I will live wild and Free in the love, safety, forgiveness, mercy, grace, strength and power of the Father whom I belong. Now that is a Freedom to celebrate!!!
The words above are all based on, inspired by the WORD of our Father and given by His Holy Spirit!
John 8:36 So if the Son (A)makes you free, you will be free indeed.
Romans 6:6-8 knowing this, that our (A)old [a]self was (B)crucified with Him, in order that our (C)body of sin might be [b]done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for (D)he who has died is [c]freed from sin. 8 Now (E)if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
1 Peter 2:15 For [q](AM)such is the will of God that by doing right you may (AN)silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16Act as (AO)free men, and [r]do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as (AP)bondslaves of God. 17(AQ)Honor all people, (AR)love the brotherhood, (AS)fear God, (AT)honor the [s]king.
The motto I included is from the Holy spirit and given to an Educator from the 1800’s. Here are her exact words:
‘I am’––we have the power of knowing ourselves. ‘I ought’––we have within us a moral judge, to whom we feel ourselves subject, and who points out and requires of us our duty. ‘I can’––we are conscious of power to do that which we perceive we ought to do. ‘I will‘––we determine to exercise that power…..
I was so excited how the spirit put these words all together; he even used two of my friends to give me pieces of it while at a Charlotte Mason meeting at my home. We were discussing the chapter about CM’s Motto in the Charlotte Mason Companion Book by Karen Andreola. It was a truly, wonderfully encouraging time. The Lord really gave it to me when I least expected it!!!! God is good and good all the time!!