Sadly, most of us are blind to the fact we are bound by many things in this life. Some of us are slaves of work, alcohol, sex, perfectionism, fear, expectations or the approval of others. So how do we get free of these things? First one must realize you are being held captive. We are trapped by sin because of our nature. We continue on this path, unaware there is a different way because we live out of our natural desires. The Bible tells us we are sinners ( Romans 3:23 ). No, not one is good ( Psalm 14:3 ). All have turned to their own ways (Isaiah 53:6 ). There is a road before us that appears right to us, but ends in death ( Proverbs 16:25 ). The wages of sin is death ( Romans 6:23 ).
I know this may be difficult to hear. Believe me it was for me. My mother raised me to be a “good person.” So I struggled for some time about whether I was really good at all. After further study of the Bible it became clear that my “goodness” was simply “filthy rags” compared to God’s righteousness. Sound hopeless? It’s not. However, it is necessary for come to terms with the fact that you and I are sinners. It is only in realizing you were held captive, does being set free mean a joyous and wonderful thing.
So now what? Maybe you’ve just realized you’re a sinner. What can you do about it? There’s only one thing you can do. The Bible tells us God’s grace was poured out on us through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. When the time was right, God sent His Son to come into our world and die for us to pay the penalty of sin for us ( Romans 5:8 ). By His holy, pure and righteous sacrifice we were saved from the death we deserved because of our sins. He paid the price, so we wouldn’t have to. Realize there is only ONE who can set you free and that’s Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who shed His blood for the redemption of you and me. Zechariah 9:11 NKJV [ God Will Save His People ] “ As for you also, Because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.” Isn’t this fantastic news! We’ve just discovered we deserve the death penalty. But wait, the governor just called and we have been pardoned!
Having been released of the penalty of sin we are enabled to live an empowered life carrying out God’s purpose and bearing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Romans 6:22 NKJV “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.” God doesn’t just save us from death. He equips us for life!
- Romans 5:5 NKJV “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
- First Corinthians 2:12 NKJV “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”
- Second Peter 1:3 NLT “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.”
Imagine the possibilities of living a “set free” life. No more worrying about whether you pleased so and so. No more striving to be perfect in everything. No more drunken stupors. No more holding others to our impossibly high expectations. No more shrinking away in fear. No more burning with lusts leading to disease, broken relationships, and death. No more living our lives as if there is no God.
Second Corinthians 5:17 NKJV “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” We are set free, made new and empowered by our God to live holy, pleasing, and righteous lives in Christ. We can live “set free” because Christ Himself in Spirit form lives within us and by His power and His might we live victoriously.
Have you been set free yet? If not, all you have to do is turn to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. You might pray a simple prayer like: “Jesus, I just realized I am a sinner who falls short of your standard. Please come into my life and make me whole. In Jesus’ name Amen.” If you prayed sincerely, Jesus, who is faithful, will answer that request. For everyone who asks, receives, everyone who searches will find, and to those who knock the door will be opened ( Matthew 7:7-8 ).
Lord, thank you for loving us so much you were willing to die for us. Help us recognize your sacrifice and may it lead us to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Come into our lives and guide us on the path of righteousness. Thank you for answering our prayers. In Jesus’ name Amen.