by Dr. Charles Stanley
Friday September 16, 2005
Freedom in Christ
Freedom is a much-loved ideal within any people group. As believers, we are heirs to the ultimate liberation from transgression and from a wasted eternity in hell. If sin does snare us, Christ promised that the truth would be our key to freedom.
The truth is our recognition of who we are in Him. We are sons and daughters of an unconditionally loving Father. Jesus' sacrificial death covered our sins and made intimacy with God possible for each of us. Consequently, the Holy Spirit indwells every believer so that we are imbued with His strength and wisdom. No sin can defeat the God who spoke the universe into existence, so neither can wrongdoing dominate a life committed to His purpose. But sometimes we turn our minds from the things of the Lord to temptation. Unless promptly repented, sin can cause us to surrender our liberty in small portions until we are imprisoned. The easy choice is to shrug our shoulders and accept our hindered lifestyle. But God's plan dictates that troubled believers reclaim their freedom in Christ. As His children, we depend upon two promises: He will answer prayer and supply all our needs. (1John -15; Philippians )
Therefore, God hears our cry for mercy and forgiveness, and He responds by unlocking the door of our prison. The walls may seem too high for escape or too well established to break, but the key is always in our hand: the truth of who we are in Christ—a free child, saved by God's grace, forever victorious over the bonds of sin.
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