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 2 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 thirty-one with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free from the influence of the wicked.
Free From the Wicked
“But the LORD is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.”
Psalm 129:4 (NIV)
How much influence does the deeds of the wicked have on you? How do you know? How much influence do your own wicked deeds have on you? What influence do the sins of your past still have on you today? Does that influence lead you in a good way, or bad? Why? Does living free from “the wicked” mean that you never have interaction with anyone who does bad things? Explain. How does God’s righteousness not only free you from the wicked, but frees you from the acts of wickedness?
Our first thoughts in regard to living free from the wicked often turns to freedom from the evil deeds of others. God does give us freedom from the eternal results of their actions even if we face the temporary consequences of what they do. But the truth is, God also frees us from our own wickedness and the penalty we deserve because of it. In both aspects, we are free through the righteousness of God and not as the result of any form of goodness we may have. As you pray, ask God to help you know freedom from all wickedness. Pray that you would live free because of His righteousness in you.