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It's not a new gift. In fact, it's been mine our whole relationship. Funny thing, I'm only now beginning to understand it.
That gift is freedom. Freedom in Christ, it's age old, but is it present tense in my life?
Bondage. It's easy.
Living in true freedom? That's equivalent to this girl receiving a Math Achievement Award. Spend some time with me and you will realize the gravity of the previous sentence. It's a big deal. To live in snare-releasing freedom, is to live an abundant life (John 10:10).
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36).
Indeed, Ladies and Gents, He has set us free. I'm not sure why that truth is so challenging to grasp, except that there is an enemy whose schemes depend a lot on Christians not living in freedom. Therefore, he has his reasons for keeping us snared, even by our own doing.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples". Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:31-32).
Struggling to live in freedom is greatly influenced by the lies we believe. Most times I'm oblivious to deception. Other times, I'm aware of the lies, but struggle to release myself from guilt or pride. When I spend time in God's Word, studying His very words and searching His truth, I taste freedom. The truth is sharp, cutting me right to the core of my bondage.
Jesus did not die to redeem His people, only to watch us fall back into slavery. Did we miss the sunday school lessons on the Israelites. We're not the first to struggle with our "free" status.
But this girl is tired of bondage. I want abundance.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).
This is a "here's your sign moment": The "thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy", but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ came that we may have life "abundant".
Don't be fooled.
In His Name,