True Liberty is Found Through Being in “Bondage” to Christ

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Everything God requires of us will result in abundant life. Christ Jesus asks us to worship Him because He wants to give us a meaningful relationship with Him. Our Lord prohibits adultery, stealing, and envy because He wants us to experience meanful, loving relationships. Living under His “bondage” frees us to enjoy life. Jesus promised: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). He constantly reminded His disciples and followers that we are not saved by our good works, observance of laws, prohibitions, sabbaths, or ceremonies. God does not intend for the laws found in the Bible to be used as a measuring stick of our value, or worthiness of salvation. If that were so, we would all be lost. Instead, these are guidelines that God has given us so that we can enjoy life abundantly, as He intended. We are saved solely through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins. Our redemption has been paid by Him, once and for all.

Thank the Father for His gift of His Son, who saves us: “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit” (Psalm 32:1-2).

Now pray this confession to the Lord to keep your life free from sin and in fellowship with Him: “Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands” (Psalm 119:73).

Confess the sins the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with His will, repent and voice your affirmation of His Word: “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice” (Psalm 34:1-2).

With faith make your requests known to God, remembering:

  • Those looking for work,
  • Your pastor and his family,
  • Your parents.

Now with this prayer: “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love” (Psalm 33:4-5).

“Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him. To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:30-32).

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