For Freedom’s Sake

Do you feel as though you are trapped? Are your circumstances such that you feel confined or restricted? Are you looking for opportunities to escape? Do you long to be free of all the entanglements? There is a way.

Almost all of us have been, currently are, or will be tangled in a mess and long to break free of it. The mess we find ourselves in may be of our own making or we may simply have followed someone we shouldn’t. Regardless, our desire is to leave the situation.

Leaving a bad situation is not easy. Getting up out of the muddy ditch can be a slippery proposition. It is especially difficult when we attempt to do so on our own. Without a helping hand, it is extremely easy to fall back into the ditch and find ourselves knee deep in the muck and mire all over again.

The helping had we all need is Jesus Christ. Through Him we are forgiven. In Him we can find the strength we need to leave the bad situation. He provides all we need, if we are willing to lean on Him and trust Him. To do so means spending time with Him in prayer.

The good news is this, when we have accepted Him as our Savior, we have died to our old selves and have risen as a new person. Unfortunately, we too often forget that fact. Instead, we return to our old life. We simply don’t take on the new person. We listen to the teachings. We may even accept that we are a new person for a few days or weeks. But it doesn’t take us long to go back to our old ways.

The message we all need to hold on to is that we were set free. We are no longer slaves to our sin, our old selves. We are as free as a bird. We can go wherever God leads us. All we need to do is follow. We are no longer restrained, confined, or held prisoner by sin. Let’s simply take hold of the freedom we have!

I pray we all accept the freedom provided by Jesus. I pray we leave our old ways behind. I pray each of us follow where God leads us. Leave your confinement. Accept the freedom of Christ. Know that you are no longer ruled by sin. Trust and follow Him.

Romans 6:5-7 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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