Freedom Forever! Devotions from the Psalms (98:2) and Radical Grace from the Book of Romans (6:20-23; 7:6 and 8:2-3)

Freedom Forever! Devotions from the Psalms (98:2) and Radical Grace from the Book of Romans (6:20-23; 7:6 and 8:2-3)


A prison

"GOD made history with salvation, He showed the world what he could do." Psalm 98:2 (MSG) As we look through the ages, we see that there has never been a time without war. Unfortunately, this also includes our day and age… Our Heavenly Father is just the opposite of war, however. He is love, and His history is filled with salvation.

The Israelites were slaves of Pharaoh. They were required to work continually without respite, without hope, without even a sympathetic ear. God heard them, however, and He came through: "I am GOD. I will bring you out from under the cruel hard labor of Egypt. I will rescue you from slavery. I will redeem you, intervening with great acts of judgment." Exodus 6:6 (MSG). The Israelite were then supernaturally freed. God protected them day and night despite the fact that many were rebellious. That, my friends, is salvation.

The same happens with all of us. Somehow we erred, and we find ourselves slaves to self-imposed addictions such as drugs, medicine, habits, foul character, etc. Most of us have struggled on our own to become free of these impositions; but the more we wanted to be free, the worse the addictions control us. Where can we go for help? There is no hope!

I, too, went through some of these addictions. I had sleep apnea, and I had to wear a C-PAP every night. In addition, I had to take a sleeping medication, one that I didn't realize was slowly controlling my life. When I tried to cut back on my medication, I found myself filled with medication-induced anxiety. I had no hope, for the doctor told me that I had to continue both the CPAP and with the medicine. "There are no other solutions," he stated.

I knew differently. Not because I was a trained specialist, but because I knew my Heavenly Father, and I preferred to trust fully in Him. My Father was quite patient. He showed me how to conquer the dilemma, and it has now been several years since I used my C-Pap and the medication. I now sleep normally with no consequences, and there is no more anxiety. It's true that on very rare occasions I have mild apnea, but I know this is nothing but a reminder that the evil one wants me to live in bondage. 99% of my nights are now apnea-free. Praise God, I am free!

I also suffered from acid reflux for years, and I took medication daily for this. By relying on my Father for reflux control rather than on the medication, I eventually was able to come off the medication. It has now been years since I had my last reflux episode.

I have battled other addictions in my life as well, but these, too, have been thrown out the window. Our Heavenly Father truly brings Salvation and deliverance from all our addictions, and the promise God gave me became reality: "Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you." John 8:32 (MSG) This will happen to you too. Trust Him and you will never have regrets. You, too, can be free as well!

"As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn't have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter. But do you call that a free life? What did you get out of it? Nothing you're proud of now. Where did it get you? A dead end. But now that you've found you don't have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God's gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master." Romans 6:20-23 (MSG) And now the great surprise: "But now that we're no longer shackled to that domineering mate of sin, and out from under all those oppressive regulations and fine print, we're free to live a new life in the freedom of God." Romans 7:6 (MSG) The power of the Holy Spirit and the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross will lead us all to victory, guaranteed! After all, salvation is the norm for God: "A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn't deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all." Romans 8:2-3 (MSG)

Rob Chaffart


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