Posts Tagged ‘Freedom

09
Apr
20

Remember Your Chains

The apostle Paul wrote letters to churches when he was imprisoned in Rome. His heart and mind were always on God’s Kingdom. He was focused on sharing the good news of Jesus with everyone in prison and strengthening the church from prison. He asked the Colossians to remember him in prison in Colossians 4:18 (NLT), when he wrote:

HERE IS MY GREETING IN MY OWN HANDWRITING—PAUL.
Remember my chains.
May God’s grace be with you.

There are three words that really strike me in this verse: remember my chains. Paul was asking them to remember him in prison. He asked them not to forget about him when they prayed. We would all do well to remember our own chains and the freedom that was purchased for us by Jesus. Do you remember how life used to be before Jesus came into your life? Do you remember the hopelessness? Do you remember being imprisoned by fear? Do you remember being enslaved to sin? Jesus set you free. Jesus broke those chains. He opened the prison doors and set you free. Do you remember how it used to be? It never has to be that way again because you are no longer in chains.

20
Feb
20

Sin Starts In The Heart

Legalistic rules don’t help. They don’t help us get any better because they don’t get to the heart of the problem. They don’t help us follow Jesus better because they imprison us in a cycle of guilt and shame. We try to follow these human made rules and when we do, we feel good about ourselves. When we fail to follow them, we feel bad about ourselves. These outward rules may look like they’re helpful, but in reality, they are not. The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 2:22-23 (NLT):

Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. 23 These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.

If we are going to conquer the sins in our lives, we have to start in the heart. The heart is where sin begins. Our evil desires are conceived in our sinful nature. Jesus is the cure. The Holy Spirit of God is the antidote. God’s love and His grace are the prescriptions for healing our brokenness. Even if we follow the rules outwardly, we still have a sin problem inwardly. Let Jesus perform heart surgery by surrendering your life to Him and submitting to His leadership today. Then you will know the true freedom that comes from following Him.

07
May
18

No Condemnation

At the end of Romans 7, the apostle Paul says that he doesn’t understand why he continues to sin even though he hates it. He expresses his frustration with the sin in his life and wonders who can save him. He gives thanks to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul then writes:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. – Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)

When God forgives your sins through Jesus and justifies you by grace through faith in Him, you are set free from the condemnation and consequences of sin. Eternal death is no longer in your future. Eternal life is your destiny. There is NO condemnation for those who belong to Christ. Any talk of condemnation is a lie from the enemy. Who will you choose to believe today? The One who paid the penalty for your sin or the one who tries to keep you enslaved to it? Trust Jesus for He has set you free.
25
Mar
18

Jesus Frees Us To Be New

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 6:11-18.

18
Mar
18

Jesus Frees Us To Love People

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 6:1-10.

04
Mar
18

Jesus Frees Us To Love

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 5:1-15.

11
Feb
18

Jesus Frees Us From Prison

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 3:15-25.




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