Have you ever had a big emotional experience that you never forgot? You were so happy, you were on cloud nine and thought you’d never come down from it? I’m not talking about a temporary drug high or even the high you get from endorphins when you exercise, like jogging or cycling. I’m not talking about graduating or getting a job promotion, traveling or anything like that. I’m talking about an EXPERIENCE that changed your life forever in a good way. I wonder how many people have these kinds of life-
Did you know that the source of your pain, depression and anxiety has to do with how free you are right now? Think about that for a moment. Many times we don't realize that we're not really free. We might live in a “free” country and have all kinds of freedoms that those living under oppressive regimes don’t have. Some people aren’t free to work where they want, worship where they please and who they please, are not free to marry a person of their choice, and so on. Years ago, there were lords, also called masters, and they had slaves. The Children of Israel around the time of Moses were slaves to the Egyptians, who treated them cruelly and had no mercy on them. Truly a slave was not free and recognized their bondage to their cruel masters. So what do I mean when I say we may not be free, when we live in a free country and are not a slave to any demanding master?
I’d like to answer that with a personal story. When I was about 18, I was suffering with the full effects of a nervous breakdown. I had hit bottom from all the drugs I had done and the ungodly life I was living. I had moved away from home and was lonely, had no boundaries, got into a cult, and hung out with the wrong crowd from college. A romantic relationship had failed and everything caught up with me. I ended up going to a full gospel Bible School in Saskatchewan, thanks to the support of my parents and my uncle. It was here that I was introduced to Jesus, the Healer of all broken hearts and sick bodies, bruised emotions and mixed-
If you have ever been addicted to something, then you know you are a slave to that habit, whatever it might be (alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, etc.). I was addicted to drugs. I couldn’t go for one day without getting high, because it was the only time I wasn’t sad and depressed. But the high was very short-
About the same time the Lord took away my desire and need to do drugs, He also took away my intense like and addiction to the ungodly rock music I was listening to. The two went hand-
But there was more to come. The Lord realized that I needed a rite of passage; I needed to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was truly free, so He allowed me to experience the full effects of being set free! One night, with the full audience and support of the student body, staff and ministers at the church at the Bible School, the Lord touched my life and literally took away all my sins and with it my regretful past that had been weighing me down for so many years. I felt the heaviness in my heart lift. I don’t know how He does this, but He cleaned up my heart and then made me a new creature in Christ. I knew I was born again and His child. I realized that all of the old rotten life I had been a slave to was gone and truly I was free. It was much more than a feeling — I knew with every fibre of my being that I was truly free. This is something to celebrate! I let everyone know and to this day, I celebrate that life-
But is everything perfect after we have such an incredible mountain-
That’s a pretty big pill to swallow and I want you to re-
God promised Adam and Eve that a Deliverer would come and set us free from the power of sin and loose us from the control and usurped powers of wicked Satan. Two thousand years later, Jesus Christ, God’s own Son came and lived on this earth and then died for all our sins, past, present and future. He set us free from the power of sin so we would no longer be slaves to it any longer. We can’t hope to know true freedom without first acquainting ourselves with the Lord, the only One who can truly set us free from sin, sickness, addictions, and anything that causes us pain or duress.
What Jesus, our Messiah, did is described in the following:
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; Isaiah 61:1
Notice the last part that is underlined. Only Jesus could, can and will open the prison doors to them that are bound, and that includes each and every one of us.
In the New Testament, the following verse describes in a nutshell what happened and what happens when we reach for any other freedom than what Jesus Christ offers:
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 2 Peter 2:19
In this verse, we can again picture a slave/master relationship. Anything that overcomes us will become our master and we will be a slave to it. Sin does that. We become slaves to sin and live under its tyranny. Only Jesus can free us from sin.
Do you see that there is a definite connection in regards to sin and freedom from sin to how we think, whether positive or negative? You may be a Christian and are thinking, What about my non-
We are born with the desire to be free. Before we come to Jesus and start our life over, we search for peace and happiness. We may strive to have lots of money so we can buy anything we want, we may travel the world over, or we may surround ourselves with people and go to every party going. Yet, still, we come home to an empty feeling. Freedom and happiness eludes us, so we go from one thrill or pleasure to the next. We see Hollywood movie stars and famous people living empty lives, going from one partner to the next, or hiding in their multi-
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