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Shaking Off The Chains of Bondage
9/26/2012

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!  Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?  But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:15-18 (NKJV)

There is a story in the 12th chapter of Acts where the Apostle Peter is in prison, bound with chains between two soldiers.  An angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands.”  Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed (Acts 16:24-26).  

I love this story because to me it is a type of picture of what happened to each of us when we surrendered our life to Christ and dedicated ourselves to following Him.  Unfortunately, there are times when we can choose to live as if we are still fettered with the chains of bondage, because the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life lead us to make poor choices (1John 2:16-17).  Instead of being able to live a joyous life of freedom we can find ourselves struggling, and being haunted by the ghosts of our past actions.  This is not God’s will for us. 

If we find ourself feeling this way at some point in our Christian walk, or if we are ever tempted to feel this way, we should immediately reflect upon the great truths given to us by our Lord.  These truths are something we should all be thinking upon and even speaking out loud often. 

  • I’ve been redeemed (1Pet. 1:18-19)
  • I am forgiven (1John 1:9)
  • I am no longer a slave to sin, but I am now a slave to righteousness (Rom. 6:17-18) 
  • I’m not who I used to be.  I am a new creation in Christ Jesus; created to walk in newness of life (2Cor. 5:17) 
  • God wants to transform me today to be more like Jesus (Rom. 12:2)
  • God is not finished with me yet, but He will be faithful to complete what He has started (Phil. 1:6)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s choose to shake of the chains of bondage—the locks have been cut and these chains no longer have the power to hold us.  Let’s praise God for this freedom in Christ Jesus, and let’s choose to walk in freedom today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Roman’s 6:15-18, what can we learn with respect to who we present ourselves slaves to?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you choosing to walk in freedom, or are you still presenting yourself a slave to unrighteousness.

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to shake loose any shackle that the enemy is attempting to bind us with, and instead, let us willingly enslave ourselves to our Lord.

LET’S PRAY: Father, Thank You for breaking the chains that once bound us in death.  Thank You for giving us the power to walk in newness of life.  Help us to remember these powerful truths so we can combat the enemy’s lies today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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