Thursday, May 12, 2005

Stand Fast In The Liberty

A brother sent me this Word from Galatians 5:1, and it was such a blessing to me:

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

It struck my heart! As Christians we are going through a continual sanctification, getting rid of things from this world, from bad habits and things we do that are against the Word of God. You do not have to be a slave for the thing you are struggling with in your life, whether it be smoking, drinking, lusting, temper, bitterness or worldly music and fashions...

Whatever it is. Cast your burden unto Jesus Christ! He has set you free, and you must hold fast to that freedom! Don't bow to sin again!

But you cannot be victorious using your own strength and will-power. If you do, you'll only fall back into the same old dirty track again. Let the Holy Spirit do it, and praise Him for having already done it!

Liberty comes when we by faith praise God for setting us free! A story from Acts 16,25 comes especially to my mind. Paul and Silas were in jail because they had been preaching the Word of God:

"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them."

Think about it! They were praising God while still sitting in their chains!

Did God hear Paul and Silas? Let us see what happens when you praise God while still being bound by something. Verse 26 says:

"And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed."

They were set free!

Use this in your daily life, my friend. If you are in a "prison", praise Him and believe Him for the liberty He has given you. The chains will fall


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