Galation 5:1 says this;
It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. [Gal 5:1]
What an amazing truth! Why has Christ set us free? The answer is right here in this verse; “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free”. Jesus has set us free for our…
Jesus proclaimed and fullfilled the prophecy of Isaiah when He read:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim FREEDOM for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” [Luke 4:18-19]
Now the average person may say; “I (that’s a gi-normous ‘I’) am not a slave to anyone or anything”. What freedom are you talking about?” We read a similar response in v33 on John chapter 8 from the Jews;
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” 34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. [John 8:31-36]
Do these Jews know there history? Of course they do. This statement isn’t about the facts, it’s about their pride. Here’s my interpretation of their response to Jesus;
“We are “GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE”, nobody, I mean nobody is master over us, BUDDY!”
Their response is a statement of their prideful hearts. Can YOU see what Jesus is saying? Sin and the Devil no longer have mastery over us. Everything that sets itself up as master over our lives is torn down. We are truly and ‘indeed’ set free by (the blood of) Jesus. I’m not talking just about our life in Heaven, I am talking about our life now! Jesus sets us free NOW. Those things that bind us and trap us and oppress us NO LONGER HAVE MASTERY OVER OUR LIVES. Their power is broken by the blood of Jesus.
The Devil hates these verses…
13 When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive — right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, 14 the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s Cross. 15 He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets. [Col 2:13-15 – THE MESSAGE]
The Devil and his cohorts are stripped of all their power.
THEY HAVE NO POWER IN A BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS LIFE.
The only power that they have is the power that we give them; either deliberately by our rebelliousness, or by their deception, or by our accepting and believing lies instead of the Truth.
Do you believe that? If you do believe that, I have a question; should your life look a whole lot different to what it does now?
Is your light shining?
Here is a prophecy about the ‘Future Glory for Jerusalem’
“Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance. [Isa 60:1-3 – NLT]
Do people really not notice any difference?
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. [Matt 5:14-16 – NLT]
Is the light of the glory of the cross shining through your life?
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. [2 Cor 4:6-7 – NLT]
Turn around and go the other way! Repentance is not just about stopping what you are doing and asking for God’s forgiveness and mercy (as big as that is). It’s also about going the opposite way to the way you were going. Repentance now has you walking towards the Light, not away from Him.
Lord Jesus, I believe in you. I believe you died and you rose again and you defeated sin and death and the Devil. The Devil doesn’t have a hold on me. I am redeemed by your blood. I repent of my wicked and rebellious ways. Forgive me Lord Jesus. Open my eyes to the lies and the deception of the Devil. Search my heart, and reveal any deceptive ways. Renew my heart. Transform my mind. Set my feet upon the Rock, in Jesus name, AMEN
Message inspired by Gary Althorp – Freedom