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September 16, 2017, 5:00 AM

What would life be like if you were free of this bondage?



But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. ROMANS 5:8

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove your stony heart from your body and replace it with a living one. EZEKIEL 36:26

 

Just the other day I was sharing my story with addiction with someone struggling with the same.  When they responded they were in awe of two things: the depths to which I spiraled during my addiction, and how God pursued me despite my rebellion. “I couldn’t change my past, but God had a plan to save me from it,” I told them. That is the Gospel, right there! For everyone has sinned. We all fall short of God’s glorious standard. We’ve all messed up, some in shockingly obvious ways and others in hidden ways.

 

My own journey with addiction took the form of alcoholism which no one really knew about. I was enslaved to it, it consumed all my thoughts, kept me from being truly known, and smothered me in guilt and shame.  Amazingly, Jesus came to my rescue while I had stony heart, used His name in vain, and scoffed at His church.  Despite all that Jesus came and resurrected me from the spiritual death of alcoholism, and now I have all of eternity to praise His name for it.

 

Christ wants to unshackle each of us from whatever bondage we’re in. The Gospel is the power of God to change our identity from death to life. It’s the only power that can truly set us free.  Is there anything in your life that’s making you feel trapped? Have you ever asked Jesus to deliver you from it? What would life be like if you were free of this bondage?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, the enemy tells us we’re unworthy of Your love because of what we’ve done in public or in secret. Lord he also whispers that we should handle our sin by ourselves. But Jesus You proved Satan wrong on both counts!  You died and rose again so that we can have new life.  Please remind me every day that no addiction or life-dominating sin can enslave me when I turn it over to You. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.                         


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