No Longer Captives

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Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine

You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. – John 8:32


Even among the followers of Christ there is still much bondage because of ignorance of the truth. Superstitious people are fearful of danger they imagine in their own minds, but their fear instantly vanishes when they learn the truth. They are slaves of ignorance until knowledge makes them free. So it is in spiritual things. There are Christians who are in constant fear about their sins, thinking that God is still out to get them, when in reality they were forgiven long ago and are covered by grace and forgiveness. They do not know the truth about divine forgiveness, and therefore miss all the joy. If they but knew the truth, the truth would make them free.

At the end of the last war between France and Great Britain in the 1800’s, there were a number of French ships that had been out at sea for some years. They did not know that while they were away, peace had been proclaimed. These ships wanted to get back to their own country without meeting any British warships. A gale scattered them, and one ship was carried away from the others. In the morning she found herself opposite the coast of England with a British warship lying close by. The French captain was afraid and didn’t know what to do. His first thought was to sink his vessel rather than allow her to fall into the enemy’s hands. Eventually the British made contact with the French ship and let them know that peace had been proclaimed between the two countries. When the French captain heard this his fear vanished.

So the truth of the gospel makes us free, by telling us of the peace which has been made for us by Christ’s cross. The moment we truly accept Christ we are free for ever from sin’s curse and condemnation. We are no longer captives, but free.

Apply This To Your Life Today… Tell yourself… you are no longer captives, but free in Christ!

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