This came to me while I was in the bathroom, sometimes it is the most inspirational place!
Freedom is the ability to face your past, all the hurt, shame, mistakes, wounds, and pain and giving it to God. You may give it to God in a number of ways, prayers, talking to friends, even counseling, the point where you receive the freedom from your past, is when you realize God wants to heal you, he wants to take away the fears caused by your past. Once the fear is gone, you have freedom to live a life that is fully alive. A fully alive life is not a life absent of fear, it is simply a life where you know those fears, wounds, sufferings of the past can be conquered by God, instead of trying to conquer it yourself, which ultimately will not work.