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From What Are You Free?

June 12, 2012

Everyone is free, the question is from what are you free?

In Luke 8 the Bible records Jesus and His disciples coming into a city and they’re greeted by a demoniac.  So greatly possessed is this man that he’s called Legion, which is the designation of a large unit of the Roman army.  In other words, they were just saying “there’s a lot of us”.   Luke tells us the Gadarenes were afraid of this man and would capture him and bind him in chains and irons, however the demonic power was so great that he broke the restraints and would continue his campaign of terror.

It’s this thought of devils breaking chains that has captured my mind today.  The chains broken by the devils were placed there for a reason: to protect the villagers.  These chains were implemented so that others could live peaceably and securely.  They were there so women and children could live free of fear.  Yet the devil would break them.  I’m sure every time the devils broke free of the shackles the demoniac would think “Good, I’m free”.  But truthfully, he wasn’t.  His soul was still in the possession of hell, he could just sin uninhibited.

Luke tells us of another time chains were broken.  This time it’s in Acts 16 while the preachers Paul and Silas were being held in the Phillipian dungeon.  Around midnight they began to praise the Lord and He sent an earthquake which disjointed the walls, knocked down the doors and broke the chains.  The jailer, upon witnessing this miracle was so moved with fear and conviction he cried out “What must I do to be saved?”  Amazingly, after the chains were broken, Paul and Silas willingly spent the night there so they might preach this message and baptize the jailer.

The chains about Paul and Silas were broken by the Holy Spirit, and their breaking caused others to see His glory and to desire Him.

The demonic was unchained and roaming free, yet was in bondage.  Paul and Silas were bound and in prison, yet were free.

So I ask today “From what are you free”?  Are you “free” from God’s law, His moral code, and His convicting power?  Are you free from the alleged constraints of holiness and devoted service?  Are you free from conscience the way a dead man is free from pain?  This isn’t freedom at all, for the heart is still constrained by a force from which no man can liberate.

I’m free today, but it’s from the chains of sin and death.  It’s a liberty granted by the Holy Spirit; a liberty which allows me to live free from sin in a sin filled world.  It’s freedom that exists regardless of my circumstances.  The great news is this freedom is available to everyone.  The jailer asked Paul “what must I do?”  Paul said “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved”.  But Paul didn’t stop at a simple statement of belief; Paul “spake unto him the word of the Lord” (Acts 16:32).  Paul expounded the same message Peter gave on the day the church began: “Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).

When we receive His Spirit, His Spirit fills our heart and as Paul told us “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2Cor 3:17).

Be blessed

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