As Christians, it is so difficult for us to understand that living in our own will is NOT living in freedom! Unfortunately, it has taken decades of heartbreak for me to learn that submitting to God’s will is where I experience His freedom! For years my life was dominated by following the burning desire of my own will. My goals and dreams controlled me like an evil slave master and drove me night and day to find success and happiness—“my way. God was marginally included in my goals—like a guilty footnote. I knew what was best because I was wiser than God! So, I wrapped myself in the chains of my own desire until I nearly choked myself to death as I was living my version of “freedom.” Salvation had brought my soul and spirit to life, but I had chosen live in a dark coffin of slavery. I was suffocating in my own will when loving God cracked the lid and I saw the lovely light of freedom. I surrendered to His sweet freedom. There is nothing like the freedom of His Spirit! It is only when we choose to LIVE in God’s Spirit that we find freedom from the shackles of sin. The following verse is one of the most absolutely truths I have ever experienced! “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Cor. 3:17) We ONLY find freedom when we let go of our own will and our own desires. God created every single cell of our being; therefore, do we not believe that He also knows what will give us joy? When we surrender to God, His Spirit satisfies and frees us and we realize that we were NEVER free while living in the insatiable desires of our flesh! So why ever go back to the prison of fleshly desire? “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Gal. 5:1) God sets us free; sin chains us! We will continue to live as slaves if we allow ourselves to live in the deception that our will is better than God’s! When we surrender to Him, we find unimaginable freedom!