'If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.' John 8:36 NKJV
We can feel like we're not totally free on the inside, like we're tied up in chains we can't break free from. We may have felt like this for a long time. We may have tried to find freedom from things that hold us back but we still feel imprisoned. But the Bible says, 'If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed' (John 8:36 NKJV).
God wants to set us free and to live life to the full (see John 10:10). We can't do that when we're being held back by things in our lives. It's only by developing a close relationship with God that we get free and stay free. His presence brings peace and serenity. His presence fills the emptiness within us and enables us to say no. His Word renews our mind and reframes our attitudes. With him we are able to resist temptation and have strength to keep going. God's freedom is a freedom that lasts.
The Bible says: 'Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom' (2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV). We can be tempted to put the chains back on again because we're not sure what life without them is like, or we're not sure who we are without them. But with God's help we won't only find freedom, but remain in it.
So what now? Whatever is chaining you up and holding you back, declare out loud: 'Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!' Choose to throw the chains away.
Soulfood: Isa 30-33 Luke 2:8-20 Ps 71:1-16 Pro 2:1-2,