Silly question, right?

We all want to be free from something. Maybe it’s debt, abuse, disease, marriage, addiction, a job, or even slavery. Maybe you know someone in prison who wants to be free.

Freedom is defined as:

  1. the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint:
    He won his freedom after a retrial.
  2. exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
    the power to determine action without restraint
  3. political or national independence.
  4. personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery:
  5. a slave who bought his freedom.
    .exemption from the presence of anything specified (usually followed by from): freedom from fear.
  6. the absence of or release from ties, obligations, etc.

That one word has many different meanings.

I personally want to be free from the slavery of debt. My goal is to be debt-free.

Some people need to be free from an abusive relationship or marriage.

Do you know someone who has been physically locked up in prison and wants to be out of bondage?

I have a friend who was released from prison last Friday.  

Steve was a security guard for a security company. While on the job he killed someone in the line of duty because he feared for his life. He yelled “Stop!” to a man driving a vehicle straight towards him, a man who, by the way, was found to be under the influence of heroin. The man wouldn’t stop, Steve shot, and with that one shot his life was changed. Not only his life, but the lives of his family and the family of the dead man.

Steve was arrested about a week later for murder. Crazy, I know. We thought so too. He was a Bible-believing, God-fearing, churchgoing, law-abiding man. For three years Steve was under the bondage of home arrest, with an ankle bracelet and very limited freedom away from home. He lost his job and his family spent every dime they had trying to prove his innocence.

Three years after the incident, the courts offered him a plea bargain, which he took as advised instead of being at the mercy of a jury to decide his fate. In May 2016, he went to prison for one year.

Steve was released June 30, 2017 and now is a FREE man. Praise Jesus!

Can you begin to imagine what this must feel like?”

I’m sure the feelings will be crazy and mixed up. There will be adjustments to coming back home, trying to get a job, regaining respect, and the stigma of being convicted.

In God’s eyes, he is no less loved than the day before the incident occurred. God’s freedom is different but similar. John 8:36 says, “So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.” God loves you. He wants to see you free most of all from the bondage of the evil one.

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Many times, we chain ourselves to a bank or credit card and can’t get loose. We become fearful and stressed by the consequences of the debt.

Often, we make a choice to marry someone and overlook the red flags, only to later be tied to an abusive spouse, too scared to try to leave. I got married at a young age and later found myself married to someone with an addiction to prescription drugs, after many years of partaking in recreational drugs and alcohol. It led to divorce.

Numerous sins can mentally lock you up. In other words, you choose to do something, not really thinking it will cause any problems, to later realize you have gone deeper than you ever wanted to and don’t know how to quit. You feel stuck. That is bondage and you need deliverance.

The only way to get delivered from slavery to sin is by seeking the Savior. Jesus will save you. He saved me. He is still saving me from the hot messes I get myself into sometimes.

He owns the keys to the jail cell. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and debt doesn’t scare Him. He could have freed Himself from death on a cross but He chose not to, because then He couldn’t have freed you and me from our sins and eternal separation from Him.

The first thing we need to do is make sure that we have decided to live our life for Christ. Then Jesus will help us clean up our act. We don’t have to do it on our own or do it before surrendering to Him. With His help, all things are possible. We partner with the Lord and link arms with His power to overcome whatever burdens us.

If we do things in the following order, God’s got our back, no matter what we face.

  1. Accept the Lord. Ask Him into your life.
  2. Believe that He died for you. Be forgiven.
  3. Confess your sins to Him. Change will follow. (1 John 1:9)

Once you have taken these steps, repent, which means to turn from sin. Change your friends and associates if necessary. Cut up your credit cards. Seek counseling for your marriage. Ask for forgiveness.

You can find freedom one day at a time. You are forgiven. God is love and He keeps no record of wrongs, according to 1 Corinthians 13:5.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2a)

What bondage do you need broken?
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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study. Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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