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2014-07-04:The Gift of Freedom for you.

“…Now make sure you stay free and don’t get tied up again in slavery of laws.” Read Galatians 5:1-14

 

Every time I celebrate Independence Day, I am reminded of the freedom Christ accomplished for us on the cross when He paid the penalty for our sins. Now all who believe in Him have been liberated from the destructive power of sin (eternal death, sorrows, bitterness, slander, depression, sadness,…) But sadly, many Christians don’t live in the freedom He won for them.

That’s what happened to the Galatians. They’d been saved through faith in Jesus, but some false teachers told them they also had to keep the Law of Moses to maintain their salvation. Adding requirements to the finished work of Christ can make people uncertain and insecure about their spiritual standing.

When I was saved at the age of 11, I was immediately held in bondage to the rules my church established for me. The list of condemning sins (made of rules, regulations, commands and laws) included going to movies, wearing cuff links, rigid rigor in a the prayer meetings, reading the comics on Saturday… That was a real problem for me. Every Saturday I had to confess to the Lord. In time, I lost much of my childhood joy because I was plagued by guilt and shame. I never knew if I was destined for heaven or hell. Every night I’d climb into bed and beg God to forgive me because I hadn't been able to obey the rules and regulations.

If you’re struggling with feelings of guilt and condemnation, I want you to know there is freedom in Christ. When He cried out on the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30), that’s exactly what He meant, Liberation! Nothing else is needed. He paid in full for your salvation and promises to complete the good work He began in you (Phil. 1:6).

My book “From the heat of the law into the shadow of the grace” of 2012, gives you in details how to enjoy peace, joy and happiness of the gift of freedom from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ died to set us free from sin and from the long list of laws and regulations (more than 612). And we must stand against those who would enslave us with religious rules, methods,…or special conditions for being saved or growing in Christ. We are saved by faith not by deeds. Enjoy your freedom day!