Freedom Friday

Friday, August 16, 2013

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” (Romans 6:17-18)


Have you gone through the change? Wait, before you stop reading because you think we’re getting into your personal business, or think you’re too young for that anyway, we’re talking about the spiritual change! Have you changed from being a slave to sin, to living as a servant of righteousness?

Before you quickly say yes, let’s consider together the simple definition of slave. A slave is defined as “a person who works for a master to whom he belongs.” So again, we ask, have you made the change from being a slave to sin, to living as a servant of righteousness? A slave obeys whomever or whatever is controlling him or her.

Do you allow your negative strongholds to control you? (For more information on negative strongholds, check out our 9-week devotional book, It’s Over: Finding Freedom By Breaking Negative Strongholds.) Are you still clocking in and working hard for your sin? Last week we talked about uncontrolled anger…is it still controlling you this week? What about the ungodly thoughts you have toward your boss or your job? Are those thoughts controlling you? What about the way you beat yourself up when no one is around…with phrases like “I’m not good enough,” “I’m not pretty enough,” “I’m not strong enough,” or “I can’t speak or teach as well as her?” Those beat down phrases are controlling you.

Stop! It’s time to let go of the slave mentality! Slave, that’s not your name anymore! When you became a child of God, the scripture tells us that we became free! Free in Christ! We are servants of righteousness, fulfilling God’s purpose in humble obedience, not forced to sin by the flesh. We don’t have to live in bondage to satan’s wishes; Jesus’ blood broke the chains that try to bind us.

Negative strongholds are masters at manipulating God’s children. We no longer have to live with a slave mentality. We can think for ourselves because we have and are developing the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5) daily.

Christ is our only master. He is the ruler and king that died so that we could be free!

The next time satan tries to call you:
loser, broke, ugly, ignorant, defeated, homeless, lost…
tell him 
Conqueror, Prosperous, Beautiful, Wise, Victorious, Daughter, Saved!

…and slave is no longer my name!

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