Freedom in Christ (Day 1)

 The Freedom Jesus Promises

For years, my spiritual life was like a roller coaster, up and down—with far fewer ups than downs. There were times when I experienced more anxiety than peace, more fear than faith, and more failure than success. I’m sure you can relate.

Was I saved? Yes! Was I free? No. For all practical purposes, my new-birth experience had not set me free. I knew the Lord’s pardon, but not His freedom. Old habits still harassed me. Twisted emotions still paralyzed me. The power of sin attempted to defeat me. I longed for the freedom Jesus promised, but for some reason, it eluded my grasp.

My problem was not one of desire. I wished with all my heart to please God. But there were times I felt as if I was fighting a losing battle.

Eventually it dawned on me that I was in bondage; I was a prisoner. It was in the early morning hours, after crying out to the Lord throughout the night, that I suddenly realized I must relinquish to Him control of my entire life.

With a deep longing in my heart, I began to search the Bible with one objective: to know the joy of real freedom in Christ—freedom to become the person God intended me to be. And I found it. Jesus unlocked the door to my prison cell with six simple words: “The truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

With this promise in my heart, I began applying to my life the principles of true freedom that I was learning about in God’s Word. In doing so, I experienced freedom that transformed my life. Now I want to share these same truths with you. It’s my prayer that as you read through the days that follow, these devotionals will expose areas of bondage in your life, and more importantly, that God’s truth will set you free.

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