Monday, November 11, 2013

Free

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angles nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."--Romans 8:38-39

Have you ever realized the magnitude of those verses? If you are a believer in Christ Jesus, NOTHING you do or situation you are in could EVER separate you from our God. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. No sin. No shame. No regret. No embarrassment. No past. No future. No present. No mistake. No earthly desire. No choice. No trial. No tribulation. Nothing. You are forgiven and loved. Romans 8:1-2 says, "There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death."

You are free from the shame and grip of your sin.

Did you hear that?

Christ has set you free. You are no longer guilty but washed white as snow. Christ died so that you could be made new! So that you could be born again. So that you could be holy and pleasing to God, no matter what. Take your mistakes, your shame, your regret, learn from them, and leave them behind you. God has forgiven you.

Do you feel the weight of that sentence?

God has forgiven you. How in the world do we pay that sacrifice back?! We can't. We literally cannot make complete payment for our sins. So where does that leave us? It leaves us making a daily commitment to follow Christ with every fiber of our being. Yes, we are going to make mistakes. We are human, imperfect beings attempting to become more Christ-like but failing constantly. However, we still strive to grow in our faith and to leave our sinfulness at the foot of the cross. Make that decision of constant surrender.

I am going to leave you with a song that has touched my heart recently. I pray that it touches yours, as well. Dear friends, you are FREE. How thankful am I that Christ has broken my bondage of sin forever with his love and mercy!!

"You have won me" --Bethel Music

Grace, You've shown me grace
You've lifted my shame
Drawn me with loving kindness
Washed, whiter than snowYou have redeemed and made me whole

Jesus You have won me,

 You've broken every chain
With love and mercy
You've triumphed over death and 
You are worthy
Of glory and praise

Love, You've shown me love

By leaving Your throne
By bleeding and dying on a cross
That wonderful cross
That took all my guilt and sin away

Jesus You have won me, 

You've broken every chain
With love and mercy
You've triumphed over death and 
You are worthy
Of glory and praise

Jesus You have won me, 

You've broken every chain
With love and mercy
You've triumphed over death and 
You are worthy
Of glory and praise

Shout it out and lift up one voice in worship

Sing it out until all the earth can hear it
Jesus is alive and He saves, He rescues and saves

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