John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.”
When you prayed and asked Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, and you meant it sincerely from your heart, a miracle happened. Jesus washed away your sins, cleansed you from all unrighteousness (the stain of sin that keeps us from God,) and He clothed you with a robe of righteousness that is pristine white representing how God has chosen to see you – spotless and without sin because of what Jesus did. Isaiah 1:18 says it like this: “… “No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool.” What glorious news this is to us. We are washed and made righteous in God’s eyes, not because of our own doing but because of Jesus’ love and our acceptance of Him as our Savior. 2 Cor. 5:21 confirms this saying, “God made Jesus who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
God didn’t stop there. He made you something more. Before I tell you what that is, let me tell you what you were before you accepted Jesus. You were a slave. You were a slave to Satan. He had you under his control and power and that is the truth. Galatians 4:8 says, “Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist.” God frees you from this slavery but Satan doesn’t want you to know that. If you find out, He doesn’t want you to believe it. So, he’ll lie till he can get you to doubt it. He wants to keep you ignorant thinking you are still a slave to sin – that he still has power over you – that sin still has power over you. It’s a lie. He does not have power over you. Sin does not have power over you. Many Christians don’t know this truth and still think they are slaves to sin.
In John 8:34-35 Jesus taught, “I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family…” Jesus is talking about being in bondage to sin. He is saying that if you are still controlled by sin, then you still belong to Satan. This is where Satan comes in and says, “See, you aren’t saved because you still sin. You can’t stop. You aren’t in God’s family. You are my slave to sin.” You have to learn to rebuke this lying devil and learn to stand on God’s truth!
Do you know what the truth is? When you gave your life to Jesus, He set you free. Let me complete the rest of the verses we just read. John 8:34-35 “…A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.” Did you catch that? He said “a son is a part of the family forever.” Jesus is talking about being in His family. And He is talking about being a son or daughter – not a slave. Jesus goes on to say, “So if the Son (Jesus) sets you free, you will indeed be free!” (John 8:36) What should you catch and learn that Jesus just told you? That you are free from sin – no longer a slave to it, and that you are a child of God.
Okay, get ready to take hold of some of the most mind blowing and powerful verses in the Bible. Ready? Galatians 4:3-7 says, “And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were slaves to the spiritual powers of this world. But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law (to sin,) so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because you Gentiles have become His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father. Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are His child, everything He has belongs to you.”
You may be battling some area of sin in your life. Satan has tried to facilitate that sin and then turn around and accuse you of it. He has lied to you and told you that it will disqualify you from Heaven, God’s love, and Jesus’ forgiveness. He has also told you that you will never overcome it. He does all this to keep you as his slave. This is a lie. You are not a slave! Today’s Fresh Manna verse says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.”
You have read that your aren’t a slave to sin. You are the son or daughter of God and free from sin. You have read that Jesus placed His Holy Spirit within you – the same Spirit that had the power to raise Christ from the dead! That’s power and that is what you have within you as God’s child. You are not condemned! You are not a slave! You are washed. You are empowered! You are free!
Learn to say these things as you smoke that cigarette. Say, “Satan, you are a liar. I am not in slavery to this cigarette. You are. Misery loves company and you want my company but you don’t have it. I am a child of God. I am free. I have the Spirit of God in me. Nothing has power over me. Jesus has set me free. You’ll spend eternity in the lake of fire, but I will spend eternity with Jesus. I rebuke and reject you in Jesus name.”
Whether it’s cigarettes, or alcohol, or sexual vices or whatever – you are a son or daughter of God. You are washed of your sins. You are free! Say it! Proclaim it! Let the devil know it. You’ll soon sense God’s power and strength building in you. It won’t be long till you see God’s strength lead you to one victory over sin after another. Freedom will prevail in your life!
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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