The morning iPod Devotional walk with dog friend Hannah was especially blessed today. My goal each day is to find a sacred moment in whatever song the shuffle selects from the eighteen hundred plus tunes on my player. It can be a bit dicey at times. Today was easy when a song from Nichole Nordeman led off the walk. The lyrics of the song "Finally Free" nicely summed up the past two years of my spiritual journey.

No chain is strong enough
No choice is wrong enough
No mountain high enough that He
can't climb
 
No shadow dark enough
No night is black enough
No road is lost enough that He can't find

And if the Son has set us free
Then we must be, free indeed
Let the chains fall away, starting today
Everything has changed
I'm finally free

My Christian journey began in the chains of legalism. I suspect I will always walk with a bit of a limp from the wounds of that experience. But a couple of years ago I had a mountaintop experience when I finally understood my need to trust Jesus fully. I finally began to understand that I had actually been changed when I believed that Jesus was Savior. I came to really believe that I was a new creation and not the ongoing wretch that I believed I would always be. I began to actually trust that because of Jesus I was declared holy and I was…(deep gulp for a recovering legalist)…a saint. I began to put my full weight on the truths that everything that used to be true about me had changed. My very spiritual DNA had been rewritten. All of those things that used to define me were taken to the Cross and crucified with Christ. I began to fully understand that the redemptive work of Christ had set me free.  

Maybe I am just a slow learner. Maybe the chains of legalism are more difficult to break. There was a time when I believed that even Houdini could not find a way out of those chains of living under the law. But there is an escape. I wish I had trusted these truths twenty years ago. But I am grateful that I'm finally free today. The old proverb says the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time is today.

Today would be a great day to start living free. God used the teaching of a book called Truefaced to help me see how to be finally free. I encourage you to read that book if you have a background like mine. My prayer for you is beautifully summed up in a little rewrite of the chorus.

 And if the Son has set you free
Then you must be, free indeed
Let the chains fall away, starting today
Everything has changed
I pray that you will be finally free