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Freedom Study 4: His Secure Holding that Sets Us Free

The Freedom God Desires for Us Day 4- The Shackles Removed

The thought of spending months or years in prisons of long ago is terrifying. Many of today’s prison systems in the U.S. are quite comfortable, with cots, hot meals, outdoor time and running water for hot showers. Not that I want to spend time in one, but it sure sounds better than what they used to be like. Prisoners used to be chained together and unable to move much at all. I’ll leave it to your imagination as to what you would be forced to do in a position like that, but you get the point.

Now imagine how it must feel for those prisoners to have their chains removed—permanently. Their muscles no longer contorted in cramped positions, they surely almost audibly groaned in relief. Exhale. Breathe again. Begin stretching out into freedom. It’s what they dreamed of and longed for.

How might we experience this unshackling as new believers in Christ? No longer weighed down by our sin and its consequences in our lives, we, too, feel relief! Our past has no claim over us. Our sins are forgiven. Our burdens have been lifted and freedom is woven into the new creation we are in Christ Jesus. We can move and talk and walk and run with the confidence that His Spirit goes with us.

Why, then, do we so often try to shrug back into the dirty cloak of slavery to sin? After being redeemed, washed clean by the blood of our Savior, why would we want to crawl back into the filth of the world? Yet it beckons us, promising popularity, riches, fulfilling sex, success, and relief from the pains of life in cheap ways that slowly destroy us. 

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1, ESV)

As believers, we must be on guard against these temptations and wise enough to discern what isn’t for our spiritual good. How easily and quickly we fall back into slavery instead of the freedom God gave us through His Son’s sacrifice. 

While we do not experience complete freedom while our flesh still wars within us, we look to a day when our freedom will be fully realized. Our heavenly home awaits—a place of joyful service to our King! Until we take our last breath or Christ returns for us, let us embrace the freedom we’ve inherited as His children. Let us refuse to become slaves to the sin out of which He rescued us. His plans for us are good plans, and in order for us to fulfill our purposes as His people, we must remain free. Our sin will only stand in the way of service.

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