Freedom From Sin's Grasp
Years ago, I found myself taking on too much responsibility. At first, I thought that revealed motivation and obedience. As weariness set in, however, I realized that I was actually adding my own tasks to what God was truly asking of me. In searching my heart, I recognized my true motive behind the excess work: an attempt to prove that I was adequate.
Insecurity, a sense of inadequacy, and lack of self-worth often lead to transgression. And the Bible tells us that a recurring pattern of wrongdoing indicates captivity to sin. So how can we break free from its hold?
Of course, freedom is impossible without Jesus. His death and resurrection bridged the gap that sin caused between us and God. With the Lord's help, we take these steps and walk on the road of restoration:
• First, recognize enslavement to sin. This can be difficult, as we may have a blind spot to things that are obvious to others.
• Second, trace sin to its root. Many times a lack of intimacy, identity, or self-worth will work its way to the surface, and we try to satisfy or escape those feelings.
• Third, choose to be free. This involves believing God's promise that He can liberate us. It also means becoming familiar with the truth of who Christ is—and who we are in Him.
Some people find freedom quickly, while others must embark on a journey toward liberty. But one thing is clear in both situations: The Lord will follow through on His promise. Do you believe He can break the enslavement of sin in your life? Choose freedom by faith in almighty God.
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