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 5 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-eight with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can stand firm in your freedom.
Free To Stand Firm
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
Galatians 5:1 (NIV)
Do you have difficulty in sticking with a thought, belief, or action? Why? Would your closest friends agree with your answer? When you begin something new, why is it often tempting to go back to what was familiar? How much influence does fear of failing at what is ahead have on our decisions to return to something that wasn’t good? What role does confidence have in being able to stick with something even through difficulty? Would assurance of success simply by completing, help you stay with something no matter what? Why?
I am a creature of habit and generally prefer the familiar over trying anything new. For me, it can be difficult to stay with something new long enough to see if it will work out. When it comes to our faith, Christ has set us free with the assurance that it will work out to our benefit if we stand firm and remain in Him. Knowing that we have indeed been set free by Christ should equip us to stand firm in our faith. As you pray, ask God to free you from the sin of the past so that you can stand firm in your faith. Pray that you would help share freedom with others who need to stand firm.