Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 8 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day twenty-five with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, have been set free from sin and death.
Free From Sin and Death
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”
Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)
How often do you consider the effects of sin when you think about death? Does death cause you to think about sin in your own life? Have you ever felt powerless when it came to overcoming a particular sin in your life? Why? If sin has any power in your life, who gives it that power? Explain. What do you think gives even the thought of death the power that it seems to have over many people? How should God setting a person free from sin break the power that death holds over them?
I don’t like the unknown. My brain wiring seems to make surprises a frightening thing. For many, I think death is somewhat frightening because of the many unknown aspects surrounding it. Through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, the Christian can be set free from the power of sin and death. Not that our physical body never dies, but the freedom comes in knowing that sin has lost its power to result in our real death — separation from God. As you pray, ask God to help you believe He has set you free from the power of sin and death. Pray that you would view physical death differently as you live with confidence in God’s freedom.