Freedom Found

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

There is a secular song which says “love is all around us” but I believe it is saying our flesh is all around us. This is true, our flesh is all around us, and we are surrounded with occasions to sin. Just because we have been set free from the power of sin does not mean we have been removed from the presence of sin. That will come later and in this present age we must live with its presences, temptations and wanton disregard for God’s love.

Galatians 5:13 urges us to regard God’s perfect love in the face of temptation and remember why He died for us. It was by His death and resurrection that we have been given the ability to shed His love, agape, to a lost and dying world.

While we walk by faith, we do so living in this flesh. Doing this causes a struggle within us that only His love can solve. Paul tried to express that in the seventh chapter of Romans but the complexity of those passages has left many wondering why does this have to be so hard.

My only answer to that is found in John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:” Satan the thief, hates us and does not want to make anything easy.

My next challenge is to keep it simple students. KISS

The Key

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Dr. Keith Lamb wrote a wonderful book called Security of the Believer. He found an image of a pair of ancient handcuffs to illustrate being set free from the power of sin. In this image was a pair of stone handcuffs without any signs of a locking mechanism. It appeared that whoever bound that prisoner never intended for his prisoner to be set free. The only way to be fitted into those handcuffs was to grow into them.

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Our sin nature is born into us and if we are not set free by the love of Christ at a tender age, we will grow into those cuffs. Invisible as they are to the sight of the world, in the spiritual realm they are real and Satan has bound sinners with the intention of never letting them go.

Job 33:24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Grace is unmerited favor, a free gift from God. Faith also is a free gift from God. God gave you the key to set yourself free, but the life of His Son was the ransom. You have to insert the key into Christ in order to set yourself free from the bondage of sin. You have to place your faith in Christ and the atoning work of the cross.

If you trust and obey, you have been set free from the bondage of sin. You have been set free.

Now what are you going to do with new found freedom?