Freedom at Last
- Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Lust. Adultery. Deception. Murder. The Cover Up. Sounds like a plot from a New York Times best-seller or new hit movie. But the Bible tells us that this was David’s life. David, who was called “a man after God’s own heart,” let his desires get in the way of what he knew was right and committed these sinful acts. Afterward, he had a period in his life where he hit absolute rock bottom. David was at an all time low – physically, mentally and spiritually. His heart ached as he was aware of the gravity of his sin and the consequences.
"There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your indignation;
There is no health in my bones because of my sin.
For my iniquities are gone over my head;
As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.” (Psalm 38: 3-4)
Let me ask you a very personal question: Are you experiencing a personal rock bottom? Do you have an internal struggle that has spun out of control…a public or private battle with something that has overcome you? Do you have a dependency on something and does it seems like you will never be able to escape its hold over you? Could David’s words be your words? Today there are thousands who are struggling to overcome addiction and bondage in their lives.
You see, this is how sin works. It is attractive and lures us in and before we know it, we are being controlled by the very thing we thought we had control over. We eventually arrive at our rock bottom by trying to gain control. We want control of our lives. We want control over our family, our relationships, our emotions – we even want control over God.
The good news is that we cannot sin and get so far from God that there is no way out of our bondage. Only Jesus Christ can lead us to true freedom. So what did David do? The same thing that you and I are called to do when we find ourselves spiraling out of control to our rock bottom.
God has the power to free us from any sin if we will do our part and cry out to Him. The first step is to give up control and admit to yourself and to God that you are in way over your head. This is the most important step of all. After you surrender yourself to the power of God, you will find healing by believing in Jesus Christ and in His power. And the remaining steps will continue to bring restoration and create personal transformation that can be found only in Christ.
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