Slavery did not begin in the 1800s. It did not begin in Exodus 1, nor did it end as the children of Israel’s feet touched dry land at the end of Exodus 14. Our freedom wasn’t stolen from us by the Enemy. We handed our faith and freedom to the Enemy in Genesis 3 when we chose to believe him over what God had said.
Since that time we have been enslaved to sin and our own fleshly desires. People question the goodness of God when they are enslaved by the sins of adultery, addiction, sexual immorality, enmity, lust, etc. God allows us to endure the consequences of our sins, but we also read that even after we chose our own way, He was there to provide and care for us (Genesis 3:21). Time and time again we can read throughout scripture that despite our behavior, God’s faithfulness is greater. He did not just leave us in our sin. He made a way through a tree, the cross. On that tree wasn’t fruit that was desirable to consume or to make us wise. Upon that tree was the Son of the living God (Luke 23:46). He died the spiritual death that we deserved so we could partake of the life that He came to give us.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there (Galatians 5:24 NLT).
Our God is a WAY MAKER. When we think all hope has been lost and death and sin have won, we have to remember that it didn’t end at the cross. Jesus was buried and resurrected. We have also died with Him, been buried with Him, and, praise God, raised to a new life in Him.
Just as everyone dies because we are all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life (1 Corinthians 15:22 NLT).
It is so easy to be fixated on our past and our failures, to be distracted by our desires and circumstances. It is easy even for those of us who have been redeemed to be defeated by our mistakes. But when we do this, whom are we putting our faith in, God or ourselves?
God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8 NLT).
He has given you access to what you always had prior to Genesis 3. He doesn’t want us to rely on ourselves for redemption. His love for us is greater than our questions, our doubts, our failures, and mistakes.
It is time to let your faith in God and freedom in Christ ring. Put down your fig leaves (Genesis 3:7). He has made you NEW clothes. He loved you even when you were oblivious to who He really is (Romans 5:8). He desires for you to know Him. He already knows you and fully accepts you as you are. And He wants to produce in you His fruits, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).This is where faith and freedom are ignited. What He did for us didn’t end on the cross. He died to have a personal relationship with us each minute of the day. He wants us to walk in the freedom of knowing who we are and that what He has done for us is enough, to glorify Him daily as we live out your purpose. So get up! Put down your shame. Fix your eyes upon Jesus as you partake of His freedom. He has a plan for you.
Has God revealed to you your purpose? Are you walking in His freedom? You can share in the comments.
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