One of my biggest struggles as a believer in Christ is who I have been, versus who Christ says I am as a believer in Him. I admit, I have allowed the self-critical voice in my head, or what others say and think marginalize the greatness of Who He Is in me and what He can do in me. In my past’s personal walk, I have had the tendency to be more of a Prodigal Son, than a steadfast believer. How many of us have had that: “Give me salvation, Father. All right, now, I got this…” sort of mentality?
I wonder, if we are being transparent with ourselves, how many of us have allowed our missteps, whatever it is—that abortion, that DUI, that undeleted browser history, that drug abuse or that affair—to label and imprison us? How many of us have succumbed to the smug, self-satisfied taunts of “She will never change! You know she aborted…” or “He is still just an addict. Give him enough rope, he’ll hang himself…” Or, “Once a cheater, always a cheater.” Have you allowed your past, or what others say and think about you to hold you back in life? What about in your relationship with Christ?
For me, I have allowed my past to play with my head. It is further compounded by having been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Clinical Depression, and having insecurities galore. My anxiety kicks in, leads to hypervigilance, the world around me is perceived in that state as awful and suddenly I am reminded of all my failures and just how weak I am. I’m curious, if we are being 100% with ourselves, how many of us fall prey to this sort of trap-thinking? How many of us start to believe, once a Prodigal, always a Prodigal? How many of us put the cuffs back on ourselves?
So, are we alive in Christ? Are we allowing Him to give us life to the fullest? Are we living free?
Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore, keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (NASB, emphasis added).
Looking at the first part of Galatians 5:1, for those of us who profess Christ as our Lord and truly surrender our hearts and lives to Him, we are set free from our history of sin. Jesus has stamped exempt on what we owe from our sinful pasts. We have been freed from that yoke and been given a new chance to omit from our lives those things that have no relationship to Christ, while we freely pursue our relationship with our Savior.
I can’t speak for anyone but myself, however, this freedom is the best news ever! When we dive into God’s Word, He shows us that He does not want us to be subject to the yoke of our pasts any longer. We have called on Him and accepted Him as the Way to the Father, we have acknowledged that He came, lived, died on the cross for our sins and was raised on the third day. We are freed from the bondage and enslavement of our past failures, our horrible choices and the wages of our sin. Once a prodigal, now a productive child of God!
Never feed into the enemies lies or hype! The Devil sees us as: Once a Sinner, Always a Sinner—Once a Prodigal, Always a Prodigal. God tells us, “Do not be again subject to a yoke of slavery” Galatians 5:1; and as Christ said it verbatim Himself, “I do not condemn you either. Go. From now on sin no more.” John 8:11 (NASB). To Him, our past is just that—past, over and done away with. As we saw in Romans 12:1, we are now free to worship Him with our lives, as we strive to be dead to self, and receive the gift of being alive in Him! I know no other God that loves us that unconditionally!
Until Next Time,