Fresh Hope – 9th April 2018

John 8:36 – So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

The one ‘set free’ must act in that freedom in order to benefit from freedom’s full power.

We have just celebrated one of, if not the most significant events in the Christian life, Easter, where Christ died for us so we can have a new and eternal life; where all are sins and iniquities are forgiven and completely wiped off our records and where we walk in freedom not in bondage.

Freedom cuts off the chains of bondage and literally shouts, “Break loose, child of God, you are washed and given a new lease!” To be granted freedom is to be given a new life, one that has been voided of the necessity of carrying one’s own sin and shame any longer. This is the Father’s everlasting gift to us all, once we accept our beautiful adoption into the family of God and walk inside of the privilege that entails.

In order to enjoy and live in complete freedom, we must understand what it truly means to be free. Imagine being trapped in a lift for hours, and then someone gets the doors open for you but you stay in the lift as if you are still trapped. That’s how we sometimes live, set free but still carrying the beliefs and acting as one who is not. Many of us have grown up with beliefs such as ‘I have to be a good and perfect Christian to get to heaven.’ This obviously is an impossible goal to reach, so instead we end up living trying to be perfect, fail at it and turn back to sin and this becomes an exhausting cycle of living in bondage and trying to earn salvation

True freedom is not based on rules, but on a relationship – a loving personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Freedom is not a onetime decision, but a decision we must consciously make every single day to accept what Christ did for us and live in His complete Grace. As Christians, we are now free from the law, but just because we are free, this doesn’t give us license to sin. In fact, if we sin we lose our freedom and become slaves to satan and submit to a yoke of slavery, a form of bondage. On the cross, Christ granted us freedom from sin in the most groundbreaking way.

Whatever you find yourself struggling with, if it’s addiction, perfectionism, anxiety, stress – know that you are NOT the one who provides freedom. Colossians 2:6 says ‘As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him. Have the roots of your being firmly and deeply planted in Him, being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving’.

Christine Mudenha

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