Unquestionably Free


Several years ago, before I did Bible verses on Friday’s, I did “Free Friday”. I had attended a conference and heard people discuss all kinds of fears and self limiting behaviors they had. My idea was to write each Friday about getting free from the things that hold us back or slow us down when trying to move forward. Hebrews 12:1 tells us to lay aside anything that hinders us, slows us down or ensnares us. The understood emphasis in the sentence is that it’s up to us to do it. The only way I have the power to lay aside any sin that’s holding me back is if I’m still holding onto it after I’ve been forgiven of it. Every one of us are holding onto things that hold us back and are keeping ourselves imprisoned because of guilt or shame. It’s a trap of the enemy to hinder our growth and freedom.

Remember that Romans 8:1 tells us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. That means once Christ has forgiven you, He no longer condemns you for that sin. If you’re feeling it, it’s usually self induced and needs to be later aside. Remember that according to Galatians 5:1, it was for freedom that Christ set you free. He freed you so you could live and walk in freedom from your past. Yet, so many of us rarely walk in that freedom because we allow shame to hold us back. We allow ourselves to be ensnared in a mind game that tells us we must live the rest of our lives paying for our past. Paul, who wrote those verses, called himself the chief among sinners. He killed Christians for a living. If he was able to live in that freedom, you’re allowed to as well.

In John 8:36, Jesus reminds us that we are God’s children who are no longer enslaved to our sin or our past. He said, “So if the Son sets you free from sin, then become a true son and be unquestionably free!” (TPT) If Christ has forgiven your sins, you are unquestionably free from the eternal effects of them. You don’t have to live this life paying penance for your past. Every time those thoughts come in, chase them out with these words of Jesus. Every time guilt creeps in, chase it out with Romans 8:1. You are no longer a slave to your past. The blood of Jesus is stronger than anything you’ve ever done. It has the power to forgive and to set you free. Begin today to live unquestionably free and let God use your life to accomplish the purposes He created you for.

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4 responses to “Unquestionably Free

  1. These are excellent thoughts, Chris. Feeling shame over the past is a regretful habit of mine, and it’s like walking around looking at the ground all the time—you don’t see the whole picture.
    For some reason, your post made me think of one of my favorite quotes by the stoic philosopher, Seneca:

    “Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.”

    I appreciate your blog ministry, brother. You are remarkably consistent!
    Blessings.

  2. This is the key to be free – to be able to enjoy life and relationships. The only way to be able to truly be interested in others. To be able to forgive others. To live others unconditionally…including ourselves. Thanks Chris. Good word.

    Father help us all to walk in the forgiveness and freedom that you graciously have offered to us. No turning back. Only listening to what you say about us and not the accusations whispered or hurled at us from our enemy. We choose to believe you Abba Father.

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