What is it that you fear? What temptation do you struggle with? What chains are holding you back? Do you realize that if you are a believer in Christ, if you put your trust in the saving power of Jesus, you have been set free? The chains that we walk around with have no power over us…not anymore. They are an illusion. The locks have been picked. The links are broken. Jesus came to set us free–free from the power of sin, and free from it’s eternal consequences, but not necessarily free from the fight. Paul says to the Galatians, Christ has liberated us (set us free) to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery. ~Galatians 5:1 (HCSB)
So stand strong for our freedom! The Anointed One freed us so we wouldn’t spend one more day under the yoke of slavery, trapped under the law. ~Galatians 5:1 (The Voice)
Jesus set us free…just to be free! Freedom is so basic to the nature and character of God that Jesus set us free for the sake of freedom–because that’s just how it ought to be! So, why do we hold onto those things that once separated us from God? Why don’t we just let go? Why do we run back to gossip and hate? Why do we give into lust and addictions? Why do we let fear ensnare us and lead us into hopelessness? It is the same reason Paul had to remind the church in Galatia to stand strong because Christ had set them free. They had prisoner thinking. Prisoner thinking says, “God, I don’t want this anymore. Why am I like this? Why is this happening to me? I just want to be free of this!” Prisoner thinking focuses only on what can be seen and has no imagination for what is possible. It only sees limitations and has little trust in the promises of God.
Prisoner thinking does not dream of possibilities, it only sees limitations. ~Bob Hamp
The antidote to prisoner thinking is righteous consciousness–being conscious of your own righteousness in Jesus. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” ~2 Corinthians 5:21. We used to be slaves to sin. Some of us were gossipers. Some of us were addicts. Some of us were cutters. Some of us were liars. Some of us were perverts. But not anymore. That is not who we are anymore. That is not who YOU are anymore. You are the righteousness of God! Those chains that you hold in your hands are no longer yours. Stop focusing on the chains and turn your attention to the One who broke them. If you want to be free, surrender to Jesus. He set you free to live as a free person, not to run back to the things that kept you prisoner, separated from God. You are free from the power of sin, but you have not been released from the fight. We still have to stand strong. We still have to walk. Why not walk with God?