Do you ever feel bombarded by lies? I have lately. After reacting wrongly in a situation that I actually cared about a great deal, the enemy jumped right on it. “You’re a terrible Christian,” he sneered. “And you think you can do some good as a Christian blogger?! Ha, what a farce!”
Never mind that I had apologized for my action, and intend to do so again as soon as possible. In listening to those lies, I started feeling defeated, condemned, and worthless.
After we do or say wrong we often wish we could go back and undo it all. But that’s impossible and all we can do is try to make things right, then move on.
And those are the moments when we really need to hear the Lord’s truth.
Jesus had been teaching that he is the light of the world. “If you follow me,” he said “you won’t walk in darkness but in light and life.” And many believed in him. So to those who believed he said:
If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. — John 8:31-32
And he then went on to say that whomever he sets free will be free indeed, verse 36. Totally and completely free, not partially, not mostly. But free indeed!
But sometimes we let what Satan or others say drown out Christ’s liberating truth.
We chose to believe what they say about us or make us feel, instead of listening to Christ. Instead of letting his words silence all the accusers and naysayers, those who refuse to forgive us, or those who cut us down in an attempt to make themselves look better. They are all lies from the enemy.
But Christ has come to set us free. Believe his word for you and about you.
You can be forgiven and set free from the power of sin.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 6:23
You can be set free from guilt and condemnation.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” — Romans 8:1
You can be set free from fear.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” — 2 Timothy 1:7
You can be set free from the depressing anxieties of life.
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” — Matthew 6:26
From the fear of death.
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” — 1 Corinthians 15:55
From our own erroneous thoughts telling ourselves that we are both worthless and unworthy.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”— 1 John 3:1
From our past.
“I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.” — Isaiah 44:22
From the fear of man.
“No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.” — Isaiah 54:17
Christ makes us free indeed.
Free to follow and grow in him, becoming stronger day by day. Free to repent and make things right when we do fall. And freedom to free others by extending true forgiveness for any wrongs received. He sets us free from living under the bondage of being unforgiven, and from that of not forgiving.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
For freedom only comes by receiving, and giving, forgiveness.
And by believing the words of Christ to us — not what others or even we ourselves may say or think.
[Image of gate is our own; Raised hands by Fotorech.]