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God Sets Us Free – So Stay Free

Today we are going to discuss something that relates to our satisfaction in life, and it has to do with making good life choices. In the past before we knew Jesus we may have struggled with various bad – even sinful habits that drained us from a good self-image. We may have tried to stop whatever we were doing but every time – we slowly crept back to those old things we made a part of our lives.

When Jesus came into our lives, some of these things God helped us to get under control and we felt better about ourselves. But for some, not gaining victory over sin or even creeping back to old habits can be frustrating and defeating. We can feel like we are bound to something bigger than ourselves. Here is what scripture says about that.

Galatians 5:1 (NIRV) Christ has set us free to enjoy our freedom. So remain strong in the faith. Don’t let the chains of slavery hold you again.

God has set many of us free from our old lifestyles and going back to them can feel like we are putting the chains of bondage back on ourselves. Not being able to rid ourselves of particular sins are even more frustration and that might require some help from others like a pastor or a program like Celebrate Recovery. But know this, God does not want us to live in constant guilt and condemnation over habitual sin in our lives. Not dealing with it has its own issues and eventually many give up and stop going to church and even becoming mad at God and holding onto an offence against him. But I think we know that doesn’t solve anything either.

Having success in our spiritual life has a lot to do with our ability to stay connected with the right people who can guide us through the hard things of life. Likewise, we have to trust that God has a plan for our lives and that includes becoming victorious over our hard struggles of life. Romans 8:1-2 (NLT) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

Life as a believer in Jesus is not simple or easy, and we have to be willing to invest into our victory. But we aren’t in this alone so be sure you are connecting with fellow believers who have been where you are today and can help you walk through the difficulties that have you frustrated. We have the victory in Jesus and together we can find hope for a better future. If you have left the church – return and get help. If you’re there, seek the counsel of a trusted mature believer or pastor. But whatever you do don’t continue on without help. We all have struggles we lean on God and others to encourage and help us through life.

God bless and remember if you need someone to pray with or understand Jesus better with please contact us at The Able Church 920-497-8022.

If you have never surrendered your life to Jesus, I encourage you do that today. Pray this simple prayer – Jesus I know I’m a sinner and I need the forgiveness your blood gives me when you went to the cross. Please cleanse me of my sins and be my Lord and Savior. Help me to live for you every day going forward in Jesus’ name – Amen.

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