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Free (Romans 8:1-8)

God has set us free to life in Christ – we are no longer strapped by the power and control of sin but are free to live for God – experiencing the life that He created us to have, an abundant life in Him.  Romans 8:1,2 captures this idea for us – If we are in Christ we have escaped condemnation and have been freed from the grasp of sin.  Listen to this life giving text from the Message: With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2

Sometimes people mistakingly understand this freedom in Christ and take it as a license to sin, but Paul makes it clear in Romans 6:15 -18, emphatically declaring that we have been freed from a life of sin and now live in God’s liberating grace – however this is not a freedom to sin and do whatever our flesh desires.  When we choose to give in to evil desires and sin we place ourselves back under its control.  Think of it this way: It is like if someone kidnapped you, tied you up, and was going to take your life.  Then a hero saved the day – they found you, saved you from the culprit and released you.  Would you go and enjoy your freedom, living your life to honor the one who saved you? Or would you sit back down in the chair and give yourself back into the hands of your captor, asking him to take away your life?  That is the choice we make when we choose to follow our sinful nature instead of living in accord with God’s Spirit.

Although our life in Christ is based in grace and not keeping a list of rules, it is not a life without standards and principles to live by.  Those standards are clearly given to us throughout God’s Word and are given so that we can enjoy the life that God wants to give us.  We follow those standards out of love for Him who has set us free.  But sin leads us away from that life – it makes a promise of fulfillment but only leaves us empty!  It offers us pleasure but leaves us with pain.

Our new found freedom in Christ allows us to begin to really live – we now have within our reach new heights that we have never known nor could have attained in our sinful state.  We can experience spiritual highs, thrills, and fulfillment that the pleasures of sin could never even come close to.  Ephesians 1:3 says that God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places through Christ.  Don’t be entangled again by making sinful choices, live in accordance with the Spirit.  Listen closely for guidance, follow Christ and abide in Him to experience the life that He died to give you.

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June 18, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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