When Living Includes Liberty

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”

James 1:21

Ponder This

You’ve got to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we get saved, we receive life through the Lord Jesus Christ, but all of us have the graveclothes of the old life. Maybe you are saved, but you hit your thumb with a hammer and those old words come out. Or you’re in a grocery store, and there are some questionable magazines, and your eyes want to go there. And you wonder, “Lord, have I been saved at all?” Yes, if you’ve trusted Jesus, if you have exercised faith in Jesus, then you’re saved. But what you need to do now is initiate freedom in Jesus.

Do you know what the job of the Church is? For one thing, it’s to unwrap the saints. There’re a lot of people who need to be unwrapped. There’re a lot of people who do not have freedom. I want to tell you about Jesus. The One who gives us life gives us liberty.

If you’re still in the graveclothes, you need to be unwrapped. Jesus is not a probation officer; Jesus is our Savior. He will see you through all the way. You might have some hangover sins for a while. But He will save you; the One who gives you life will give you liberty.

  • What “graveclothes” are you still wearing?
  • How have you experienced freedom in Christ?

Practice This

Talk to another Christian about the graveclothes you may still be wearing. Ask your friend to pray alongside you as you ask the Lord to free you from those things.

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