John 8:31–36 (NKJV)
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
The Word is Truth!
Whose word are we believing?
Activists and PACs who say that homosexuality is a normal lifestyle?
Politicians who say that abortion is a right and a fetus is just tissue?
Movie and music stars who say that cohabitation and premarital sex are normal activities?
Liberal Secular educators who promote the idea that God is merely a myth and that self-determination is the right of each individual?
Lobbyists who say that Christianity is full of hate and that Christian symbols and prayer are offensive?
33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
The Complacency Associated with Apathy
When you get comfortable with sin, you become apathetic to it. It no longer alarms you. You can walk past conviction if you walk long enough without repentance.
The Pharisees had put such confidence in their systems and their traditions that they no longer had a true relationship with God. They believed that they were holy, but actually were in bondage to their own religiosity.
Have you gotten so comfortable with your sin that you no longer feel conviction? Do you feel free when you are actually in slavery to sin?
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Unto what are you in bondage?
Sin enslaves individuals. Slavery is an injustice and a crime against humanity.
Satan longs to oppress and bind individuals with habits, activities, and addictions that distract them from their walk with God.
Some slavery is not even sin, in and of itself, but becomes sin as it takes a place in one’s life that is greater than the place of God.
If we are to truly love others, or love souls, then we must be willing to show an example by being free ourselves, and then show them how to find freedom themselves.
Today, we can declare A Divine Emancipation Proclamation.
Today, there can be freedom from the bondage and slavery of sin.
Are you ready to be free?