Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed in Him, “If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32 NKJV
Jesus set me free from drugs and alcohol. He set me free from sin. I thought the world had changed. Over time I realized the world hadn’t changed. I was transformed.
Jesus spoke these words to people who believed in Him and those who did not. Those who did not believe in Jesus answered, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, “You will be made free?”
Israel was conquered by Rome. They were subject to Rome in every way. They were also in bondage to sin. They believed strict adherence to religious laws and traditions gave them right standing with God.
Salvation freed me from the law of sin and death. I still sin, we all do, and yet I am not a sinner. How can that be?
Abiding in the Word of God sets us free. Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus is the Way to everlasting life. Jesus is the Truth of God. Failure to obey Jesus puts us back into bondage!
We do not lose our salvation when we disobey the Word of God. We do suffer the consequences of sin. We miss out on the abundant life.
The freedom Jesus came to deliver is freedom from sin and death. It is also the freedom to serve Him. We cannot defeat sin and death in our own strength. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to rise above our sinful desires, overcome the world and resist the devil.
We receive the power of the Holy Spirit through humility and submission. We humble ourselves by admitting we are powerless against those waging war against our souls. We submit ourselves to the Lord by obeying His Word.
It is possible for a born again believer to become a slave to sin. It is possible for a person lost in sin to be set free. Jesus gave us the freedom to choose how we live.
Choose to abide in the Word of God. Be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Choose freedom over sin and death!
The Father of lies is sowing death and destruction. The world embraces his lies because they choose him to be their father.
Jesus speaks the truth in love. He shows us the way to God the Father. He came so that we could live rich abundant lives.
Are you a child of God? Choose to be a disciple of Jesus Christ!
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