DayBreaks for 6/12/18 – No Longer Enslaved

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DayBreaks for 6/12/18: No Longer Enslaved

I have never been a slave. Well, let me qualify that statement. I have never been physically enslaved and I hope that I never will be physically enslaved. I cannot imagine what that would be like.

But I have been enslaved. Romans 6:6 (ESV) – We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, my old boss/owner killed me: Ephesians 2:1 (ESV) – And you were dead in the trespasses and sins

Hopefully, you know the rest of the story (as Paul Harvey would have said): we who are believers are no longer slaves to sin, we have been brought from death to life by Christ and his resurrection, grace and forgiveness of our sin.

But…but…are you still a slave to the idea that God just has had it with you? That you are a wretched, hopeless, lost cause? I grew up in a church where I was taught I could go to hell if I sinned after I last prayed and before I could pray again. I grew up with the concept that you vacillated between being lost and being saved by the moment and what you thought, did, or didn’t do in that moment. It was like living on a razor’s edge and it was awful. I was often afraid of the eternal fires of hell. But thanks be to God I learned the truth from Romans!

I am no longer a slave to fear. Do I have momentary gaps in my confidence because of something I’ve done or thought? Sure. But I’m not enslaved by it because I have been set free from the power of sin and death and there is therefore no condemnation for me.

The marvelous series our preachers have been delivering on Sunday morning on Romans 8 has been powerful to say the least. And re-assuring as well. This past Sunday we sang three very powerful songs: Glory is Yours was the first, reminding me that the battle is over and the victory has been won and I will rise again and he’ll get the glory. The second was Who You Say I Am and we were reminded that “Who the Son sets free, Oh is free indeed. I’m a child of God, Yes I am!
In my Father’s house, There’s a place for me. I’m a child of God, Yes I am!” And finally, No Longer Slaves that told us “You unravel me, with a melody, You surround me with a song
Of deliverance, from my enemies Till all my fears have gone. I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God…I am surrounded by the arms of the father. I am surrounded by songs of deliverance. We’ve been liberated from our bondage.
We’re the sons and the daughters. Let us sing our freedom.”

I don’t know about you but those three songs lifted my spirits to the heavens in an incredible way. Maybe today you are full of fear about your destiny and salvation. Read Romans 8. Listen to the three songs I linked above. And then – then go – and sing your freedom! For God loves you…and his love is perfect.

PRAYER: Lord, give us ears to hear your voice, and your voice alone! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 9/01/15 – Of Slaves and Freedom

DayBreaks for 9/01/15: Of Slaves and Freedom

“But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. – John 8:33-36 (NLT)

I was born a free citizen in a country that has historically loved and honored freedom. I am very grateful for it. I have never known someone who was a slave to another human being. Powerful movies (Twelve Years a Slave, The Color Purple, and Alex Haley’s Roots to name a few) give us amazing images related to the horrors of slavery – and yet I suspect it is even worse than those images could begin to portray.

Human trafficking and slavery is a huge topic around the world – and rightly so. It is an abomination and every decent human being longs for its eradication.

However – according to Jesus, we are all slaves. Everyone who sins is a slave to it – and that encompasses us all. There is nothing we can do about it. This is a depressing statement and would be enough to crush our spirits if not for what Jesus says next: So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. There is a mystical transaction that takes place in the heavenly places where our slavery to the power of sin (both our constant desire to give in to temptation) and the domination of sin over us through death, is broken. It is broken by the Son, not by our obedience. Our job then is to hold to his teaching (as best we can), knowing that the power of sin has already been dealt with so we do not have to carry that questioning around with us.

Ready to cast off your bonds of slavery? Jesus came for that very purpose – to remove our chains and set us free!

PRAYER: Thank you for breaking the chains we have forged with our sin and for setting us free! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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