Set Free

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Free indeed.  Let those words sink in.  Free, freedom.  We think we’re free already, right?  But we’re not, not really.  We’re bound in chains by sin.  Our selfishness, greed, lust, deceit, complacency, laziness, slothfulness, gluttony all have us bound up so tightly we can never escape on our own and are barrelling at breakneck speeds towards one final outcome – death.  It will claim us all one day and holds us bound in it’s chains until then.  There is no escape on our own, none.

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But we’re not on our own.  We have someone who is just waiting to free us, who loves us, died for us, to set us free.  Consider this verse:

If therefore the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
(John 8:36)

The Son is Jesus, the Son of God, our deliverer, our salvation, our one and only hope for real, true freedom.  All we have to do is acknowledge we need Him, ask Him into our hearts, believe in Him like you believe in air.  We can’t see air but we all know it’s there.  Same with Jesus, I can’t see Him but believe me I have no doubt He is just as real as the invisible air.  Trust Him to heal you’re brokenness, admit it we are all broken in some way, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  Ask Him into your heart to forgive you of your sins and to set you free from them and their wages forever!

For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 6:23)

Maybe you’ve already accepted Him but you’re like I was in the beginning and struggling to know that you really are free.  100%, totally, completely, absolutely, wonderfully free!  Let me encourage you with one of my favorite passages:

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end eternal life.
(Romans 6:22)

And I suggest you read 1 John.  Then read it again, and again, read it 7 times, in fact.  Don’t worry it’s short.  Short but there is heart there for a hurting soul, healing in the words as you come to know the depth of your Savior’s love for you, His sacrifice for you, His gift of freedom for you.  A free gift given out of love and mercy, given never earned.  The Son’s gift of freedom, eternally.  For Jesus doesn’t just save us now for our time here on earth but He saves us eternally for life doesn’t end at death for one day we will all be resurrected and on that day one of two things will occur.  You will continue to be bound in the chains of a prison of your own making for all eternity or you will continue to live in complete and utter freedom with the one who died to save you and set you free.  It’s your choice.

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