In that day the Lord will end the bondage of his people.
He will break the yoke of slavery and lift it from their shoulders.
—Isaiah 10:27 (NLT)
"That" day is "this" day! Jesus has broken the bondage of sin and the power of all the emotions that go with failure. You can't live perfectly even though your born-again spirit longs to honor Jesus with a perfect life. If you could live perfectly, then you wouldn't need Jesus. You would be perfect and prideful in your own self-righteousness.
Because you are human, it is impossible to get through a day without failing at something or making a mistake. The enemy knows that, and he wants to convince you that Jesus is just waiting to beat you up with a bat of guilt and shame. If you believe that Jesus desires your punishment, then you don't understand what He has done for you on Calvary. Jesus, who had no sin, became your sin so that you could have His righteousness. Jesus took your punishment, and He has set you free from the power of sin to destroy what He has done for you. When you are repentant for anything you have wrongfully done, you turn from it and determine that with His power it will not happen again. You lean on His righteousness instead of your own inability to be perfect.
"Sin shall no longer be your master," Paul wrote, "because you are not under the law, but under grace" (Romans 6:14, NIV). You are no longer under the law. If the law could have made you righteous, it would have. But it couldn't. It only made you aware of your sin—what you couldn't do correctly. The Grace of Jesus is the ONLY truth that makes you righteous. "The power of sin is the law," Paul also wrote. "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 15:56-57, NIV).
The Grace of Jesus breaks the power of sin to destroy who you are in Him. It lifts the yoke of slavery from your shoulders. Have you experienced His freedom? His Grace is not a license to sin, but the freedom to trust that He alone is your righteousness. Grace doesn't make light of sin. Grace makes more of Jesus.
© 2019 Lynn Lacher