Stay Free!

stay free, free in Christ

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” – Galatians 5:1a

A few years ago I went to prison. Not as an inmate, but as a guest on a tour. The whole experience was awkward and unsettling. Although it was an interesting experience, I was relieved when the tour was completed. As soon as we exited the building, I took a deep breath, thankful for fresh air. Thankful to be free.

However, there was a time when I was locked up behind steel bars, just like those men. But, one day – June 3, 1979, to be exact – I was set free! The chains that held me were broken, and I was released. God forgave my sin and granted me eternal life in him!

You would think that after leaving that dark, lonely place, I would never ever be tempted to return. But I have been. And I am. Perhaps you can relate. Negative thought patterns. Idolatry. Fits of anger. Lies, pride, lust, and envy. A few steps here and there in the wrong direction and soon the feet are shackled once again.

Friend, this is not what God has for us! Jesus’ death and resurrection severed our bondage forever. He freed us from the control of sin, enabling us to live through the power of the Holy Spirit. However, it’s entirely possible for one set free to return to captivity. That’s why the apostle Paul said, “Make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery” (Galatians 5:1b NLT). How do we stay free? By believing God’s commands. By refusing to listen to the lies of the enemy. By trusting in the Lord and leaning on his strength.

If you’re praying for victory over a particular sin, you need to know something: You already have it! Walk right out of your prison cell now. Hold your head up high and declare, “I will walk in freedom!” (Psalm 119:45) Remember, you’re no longer a slave to sin, you’re a slave to righteousness! Jesus Christ has set you free. Therefore, make every effort to stay free!

Comments

  1. Marsha Williamson says:

    Thank you again for your great words of wisdom and encouragement, we all need both daily. I always enjoy your posts and pray that you continue to send them my (our) way.
    Praying Gods Abundant Blessings to you and yours today and always!
    Marsha Williamson

  2. Thank you for this post. Very encouraging! My fast is starting off tough. I can feel satan working hard against me. My family is a mess and I got sick the first day!! I’m finishing up day 2. Trying to stay strong!

    • Keep trusting in God’s Word and calling out to Him in prayer. He will help you! “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10). May the Lord pour out his favor on your life as you hunger for him!

  3. Sheri Bailey says:

    Wow! Thank you! God really spoke to me through this post. I have allowed myself to be reshackeled for to long. I am presently fasting a forty day fast. I have asked the Lord to break strongholds in my life. This is something I truly needed to hear. I am presently reading “Captive in Iran”, which I highly recommend, but this is very powerful added on to what I’m reading. Different in the respect that they were freer on the inside to share Christ than on the outside. God bless them always! Good bless you too !

  4. I’m starting week two of Daniel fast. I’m still feeling tired and grumpy. Is that normal? Also do most people lose. Weight on this. I have not?

    • Hi, Kathy! Sorry for the delay in responding. My grandpa passed away last week, so I wasn’t on the computer much. Yes, it’s normal to experience grumpiness while on a fast! In fact, I’d be amazed if you didn’t. 🙂 A fast is a battle, and your body is crying out for fulfillment. Anytime you say, “No,” to your flesh, you can expect resistance. However, just because we struggle with negative emotions doesn’t mean we should give in to them. That’s when we must rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to help us overcome temptation.