Yesterday, at church we celebrated “Freedom in Christ” and this week in our daily devotions we are going to look at some of the things that try and rob us of that freedom and how we can break free.
The opening line from the Freedom Day Manual on the Freedom in Christ Course is a quotation from the Bible: “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5 v 1)
If you have received Christ as your Saviour, He has already set you free through His victory over sin and death on the cross. The question is:
Are you living victoriously in Christ’s freedom or are you living in bondage, however subtle or strong?
Are you still walking in the past that you left behind, or the future that God has for you?
Jesus Christ offers you freedom from personal and spiritual conflicts, freedom from sin and the negative programming of your past, freedom from the damaging effects of guilt and unforgiveness.
God has got so much more for you than just salvation.
The world would describe freedom in the following way:
“Freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint”
The problem is that there are powers at work both in the world and in the heavenly realms that are out to destroy that freedom. The Devil tries to cling on to us with everything he has because we are his trophies. The tricks he uses are not new, they wreck people’s lives all over the world. They are:
There is nothing new under the sun – deal with these issues and you can walk in the freedom that Christ has won for you.
The great news is that God has provided a way to deal with each one of these issues.
In each of these areas we need to have an encounter with the Wonderful Counsellor and respond to Him in repentance and faith. If we do this Jesus will do the rest.
James 4 v 7 – 8
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
This week we are going to look at how we can deal with some of these issues in our lives