The freedom that comes through Christ is overwhelming at times

“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

Close your eyes for a moment and think about your entire life’s story.  What is the worst sin that you have committed?  For some of you this might be a painful memory.  I can guarantee that this is not something that anyone likes to think about.  Some of you might even be thinking, “Sin is not something we need to think about.”  

Please hear me out.  Sin surely is something that we need to think about.  It is something that all humans do.  It is a constant struggle in everyone’s life.  Now, the biggest lie that Satan can get you to believe about sin is that your sin is too much for God to forgive, and that your sin is something that ONLY you struggle with.  He wants to make you feel alone in your misery.  If he can get you to feel alone, then he can get you to feel overwhelmed to the point of giving up on the idea that you can have freedom from it.  

If you look back in the book of Deuteronomy, God clearly lays out for all people (even us today) what is right and what is wrong.  He wrote it on two stone tablets in what is called the ten commandments (or His law.)

Deuteronomy 5:4-21 states:

The Lord spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain. (At that time I stood between the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

“Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do.  Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.

“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

“You shall not murder.

“You shall not commit adultery.

“You shall not steal.

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Because God never changes and he is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (I the Lord do not change. Malachi 3:6) His law that He gave then still applies today.  In fact, during His ministry here on Earth, Christ summarized the 10 commandments into 2 simple, but great, commandments, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39.

Our world today is tricked into believing that the law God gave us then does not apply to us today.  Our world is believing that because Jesus died to save us from sin, that sin no longer exists, and that we can do whatever we want because “God is love, and wants us to be happy.”  

Can you explain to me why on Earth any good father would desire for the pain and suffering that comes from sin to happen to us.  What good father would allow his children to touch a hot stove just because they want to?  Sin is like that hot stove.  The consequence of touching it is that we burn ourselves and go through a lot of pain.  God is THE BEST Father.  He puts laws in place so that we will not have to suffer the negative consequences of that sin.  

Having sex with multiple people leads to STD’s and emotional pain.  God put laws in place that forbid these actions because He knows the consequences are bad and will hurt us.  Satan leads us to believe that we are above the law because Jesus defeated it already, and in turn we can have sex with whoever we want, whenever we want, because it will make us feel good and be happy.  Man are we wrong!

The book of Micah talks about the sin that Israel is committing.  It talks about how they have gotten so bad, and fallen so far away from God that His wrath is burning against them.  They have not listened to any of the prophets that God has sent to redirect them.  They continually do as they please and worship all kinds of false Gods.  God is a Holy God and He can not be in the presence of sin.  Because of this, God sent the prophet Micah to tell Israel that because of their continuous sin, His wrath is going to fall upon them and destroy them.  Their city will burn because they will not listen.

After this warning, King Hezekiah falls upon his knees and repents of His sin, which leads the nation of Israel to follow suit.  After this heart change occurs throughout the nation, God who is loving and quick to forgive, forgives them, does not destroy them, and blesses them beyond belief.  

This my friends is what the Bible means by God being a loving God.  He loves us so much that, even when we sin, after we come before Him in humble repentance, His forgiveness is lavished upon us.  We do not deserve this kind of love.  We are poor, miserable sinners.  But God, because He loves us so much, will give His blessings and forgiveness freely, just because He can.  What kind of God would do that?  

Jesus pleads our cause daily at the right hand of the Father.  He is up there right now pleading with the Father for our lives.  He is begging God to give us more chances, to help us to realize who He is, and to forgive us for all the wrong that Christ has paid for.  

I don’t know about you, but this brings me to my knees when I think about it.  I can’t imagine what I would do without Christ in my life.  The wrath of God would be all over me if I didn’t have a mediator sitting up there at the right hand of our Father.  

Thank you God, for all you have done for me.  Thank you for paying for my sins, and satisfying the wrath of God on the cross for me.  Thank you for pleading my case up in Heaven daily.  Thank you for being quick to forgive even though I do not deserve it.  Thank you for loving me so much that you are slow to anger.  Thank you for constantly sending me people to redirect me from my selfishness.  I love that you are my God, and I love that you are always there for me, no matter what!  Amen!

 

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