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Monday, January 5, 2015

Choosing Grace's Freedom

“Sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end” (Romans 5:20b-21 MSG).

“You have been set free from sin,” Paul writes, “and have become slaves to righteousness” (Romans 16:18, NIV). Because of Christ's love for me, I have freedom from sin's clawing bondage. I am no longer in slavery to my own desires, but to His. Where sin wishes to increase in my life, His grace increases more. His grace is sufficient to hold me safely in Him, and is sufficient for my every need. It invites me each day to choose His goodness, His love, His righteousness, His power, and His freedom! I choose everyday that sin will not be master over me. I choose His graceI choose unmerited favor over any bondage. He meets my choice to live for Him with His power.

The only true freedom I can ever know will be found in Him. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36, KJV). I love the King James Version that says “free indeed”. Other versions say “through and through”. If He has freed me from sin, then I am FREED from sin. It is a complete worknot partial, but a finished work. His work in me will always be one that calls for obedience and perseverance. “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:4, NASV). If I persevere to grow in His grace, I will not lack in His power to sustain me. The power of His grace can be true in my physical life. My deliverance from sin's bondage can be appropriated by faith in Him who saved me from myself. I can discover the depth and power of His grace! For this work to be complete in me, I choose each day to live a righteous life, and not one that will destroy my faith. Sin will not be master over me if I daily choose not to be its slave.

My deliverance from sin's control is found in the redemptive work of His grace, and that grace grows in my life through obedience, through knowing and living His Word, through prayer, and through the power of His indwelling Spirit. His grace takes me where the Word is no longer a book of rules and regulations that must be followed. Grace makes the Word a gift that offers freedom in His Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:6b). His grace shall always prevail through any battle so I might stand strong against any threat of sin. It shall always empower me to choose His freedom over bondage to sin. If He makes me free, I am indeed free through and through!

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