Seize your Freedom!
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” Galatians 5:1 NIV
Since we as a nation just celebrated the day of our independance, I thought it fitting to talk about our freedom in Christ. I used to be addicted to pornography, so I remember well what it was like to be a slave in bondage to my sins. The Lord delivered me over 6 years ago, but there have been many times since then that I have struggled with temptation. The verse from Galations is a warning to those of us who were once slaves to sin. God freed us from those sins so that we might be free. God intended for His children to have a life of peace, prosperity and to be free from all bondage. Anything that you do that you cannot stop doing is an addiction. You might like have an addiction to food, drugs, alcohol or, as in my case, pornography. It doesnt matter what the addiction is because all sin is equal in God’s eyes. The point is that when we are set free from that addiction, we should be very careful that we don’t allow ourselves to go back and pick up that burden again.
Every thought, action and plan that the devil has for us is for our destruction. In John 10:10 we read:
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (KJV).
The devil knows that if he can tempt you to sin, and keep you in that sin, that you will become a slave to that sin. That means that he will have stolen your joy and brought you into a situation and possibly a habitual behavior that will ultimately lead to your destruction. The devil is our enemy and he wants what any enemy wants: our death!
God does not only want us to be saved from the death that sin brings [For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6:23 NIV] but to give us the exact opposite of what sin deserves: life, and life more abundantly. The Lord in His infinite mercy gave us His son to die for our sins so that we may have a way to be restored to Him and be able to one day live with Him.
It does not matter what you’ve done, where you’ve been or what you’ve said, seen or heard. The Lord stands ready to forgive you, restore you and sustain you. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9 NIV.
Seek the Lord today, ask for His mercy now and seize your God given FREEDOM!