So, I woke up as flesh again. Threatened by a day-older mindset that makes "my ways" seem a little more cemented than they were yesterday, I consciously choose to kill them right now. I look to the cross of Jesus Christ and remember that His blood was enough yesterday to free me from sin...and it still is today.
Free. This devotion topic is spawning from something that has been a familiar enemy of mine for years and was once again on my mind this morning. I even mentioned it to the teens this past Sunday morning in letting them know that there is sin that "easily" besets us - weights that we must consciously lay aside. To once again lay my personal struggle on the table, I choose freedom today from eating disorders.
Whether or not our issues are to the extremes that they have been in the past, I am reminded again today that sin is sin. I don't want partial freedom. I want to walk in it everyday, knowing that the grace of God is powerful enough to keep me free.
Here's the thing: I believe that we too often think that if the Lord set us free once, that we can from then on live how we want to and somehow stay in that freedom. He didn't set us free for us to be able to sin without remaining attached to it - He set us free so that we don't have to sin anymore! Do we even realize that we were SLAVES to sin? We had no choice but to live in obedience to it before Him.
The verse in John 8 kept coming to my heart earlier - "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." I looked up the Greek meaning of both free's in this verse, and it caused me to read it like this: "So if the Son liberates and exempts you, you will be unrestrained indeed."
I want to be unrestrained. I want to be free again today, choosing to live for Him since He purchased me and gave me the grace to do so. I don't want to entangle myself again in the yoke of bondage. Freedom indeed is a daily choice, and I am leaving the prison cell in the rearview mirror.
Father, You gave so much so that I could be free. I desire to daily choose to walk in that freedom. Thank You for removing the chains that bound me in slavery to sin. You are awesome. In Jesus' Name. Amen.