Thought for the Day

 

BROKEN SHACKLES

 

Galatians 4:4-7  (New American Standard Bible)          

4But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,  5so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  6Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  7Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

 

The Kingdom of Israel knows the terrible anguish of slavery by experience. History provides a vivid account of her bondage and captivity. The Old Testament records the varied nations who captured and enslaved her.

 

Slavery is a horrible thing.  It reduces the individual or nation to the status of zombies and robots. The slave does as he is told.  Independent thinking and/or decision making is forbidden. Interests of the slaveholder are to be followed to the letter. Individual privilege does not exist.   Slavery deprives one of the freedoms and liberty to be and do those things one desires.   Ambitions and dreams are hindered or restricted, if not completely destroyed.  There is no liberty to make choices, no freedom to live one’s life as they wish.

 

Are you a slave? Every one of us has been a slave.  The Bible declares that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) It declares us to be sold into the bondage of sin. (Romans 7:14) Most do not understand that they have no ability to walk uprightly before God while under this terrible slavery. The nature of sin directs their thinking, actions and decisions. The Apostle Paul makes it clear in Romans 7:14-20, that the law of the flesh (sin) keeps us from doing that, which is good. Everyone has walked in that slavery. The only exception is Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer.

 

You can be free!  The scripture above declares freedom for the Redeemed! Yes, indeed, the Redeemed are free from the law of sin and death. All those who have repented and been baptized for the remission of sin have been set free.

 

You are free to choose! You have the power to face the desire and temptation of sin and refuse to yield to its demand. You have the power to break the bondage of your sinful nature. For the first time you can live righteously before God. You are freed from the slavery of sin because our Redeemer bought us back. He paid the ultimate sacrifice. He gave his life, shed His blood, assumed our guilt and took our judgment.

 

Choose perfect liberty today! Everyone knows that they are sinners. John 3:16 declares that God loved us so much that he sent his Son to die for us. You can walk out of the prison of sin by accepting your redemption that He purchased at Calvary’s cross. He will replace your sinful spirit with the righteous spirit of Jesus Christ, our redeemer. If you have taken this action, you are part of His Remnant who have been cleansed and set free from the awful law of sin and death. You are one of the Sons of God!

 

Prayer: Dear God, Please forgive my sin. I am determined to repent and be baptized for the remission of sin. (Acts 2:38) I hate my slavery and bondage.   Please cleanse me and set me free. I want to live in your righteousness. Please give me the ability to be your “Son” and live for you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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