Galatians 5:13 says that we are "called to be free." God intends for us to live in the freedom that He has provided through Jesus. In verse one of the chapter, we are reminded that "it is for freedom that Christ has set us free." Without Jesus there is no freedom.
Those of us who believe in Jesus know He came to save us from our sin and to one day live in heaven. So, we are free from the death that we deserve because of our sin and this freedom allows us to have eternal life. But, this song and, more importantly, these verses in Galatians seem to be saying that we can experience this freedom before going to heaven. The entire verse of Galatians 5:1 says "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened against the yoke of slavery." 1 Peter 2:16 says "live as free people." We get to be free by going to heaven, but we also get to live in that freedom here on earth.
Freedom Takes Work
In the midst of my insecurity, fear, and vulnerability, I did not feel free. I felt enslaved. Enslaved by an out of shape body and limited experience with dancing that led to thoughts of "I can't do this." I could have easily let myself give in to these thoughts or I could have let someone "cut in on [me] to keep me from obeying the truth?" (Gal 5:7b) But, I chose to live free, to be brave, to work again and again (and again and again) to overcome the negative thoughts by focusing on that whisper...not in my strength, but in God's.
The Role of The Spirit
What I learned most in this process of not giving up and relying on God's strength was that I can live in this freedom all the time and so can you. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." What it took for me to keep going, to not give up, was to sense God's presence. Whenever I recognized God's hand in the process, I felt more free from my insecurity. Knowing God is there helped me. I knew He cared about my struggle with insecurity. I knew He wanted me to keep going. I knew that He was working in others lives by having me persevere. I knew He would be faithful if I trusted and kept going. And, we did it. God and I. We made it through the recital. He was there. His presence filled that auditorium that day. He used many other dancers of all ages to bless my heart which allowed me to dance freely in His presence without any insecurity, without any fear. When we know God is there, when we can feel His presence, that is when we can truly live the life of freedom that He has called us to live.