For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
God has set you free.
He has set you free for freedom.
He has saved you with the intent of freedom.
Freedom from what?
The penalty of sin, which is death.
When we trust Jesus as our Savior, He literally saves us from eternal death.
It’s the most wonderful thing, but I’m not telling you anything new.
Most of us have known this since we were young.
But how else does He set us free?
He can set us free from fear.
Free from jealously.
Free from unloving.
Free from guilt.
The freedom Christ offers extends beyond salvation to the here and now.
His invitation extends to this life.
Paul reminds us to stand firm, choosing life.
Choosing God’s freedom.
To not give into our old ways, by listening to lies or succumbing to the flesh, which then becomes slavery.
When one isn’t free, they are a slave.
What ideas, actions, or thoughts still enslave you?
We must be renewed by God every day, but that takes a choice.
Your choice to walk in God’s freedom, or to yoke yourself back with the old ways.
Yoking to the old equals slavery.
Walking with God and living with His power equals freedom.
Choose to walk in the freedom of God.
Keep doing it, standing firm with the help of Almighty God.
And every time you do so, your slavery ties to sin will be break, making this life a whole lot more peaceful.
Keep choosing God’s reactions and it will become more of a habit as you throw off the yoke of slavery to sin.
Experience the freedom of God.
And with His power, withstand the submission to your familiar yoke of slavery.
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