by Gary Wilkerson
I want to ask you a very simple but important question: Have you been set free?
At first the answer might very easily be yes, but in reality many of us are
living in some form of fanciful, make-believe world. We have been set free; we
have been washed; we have been redeemed and made holy; we are pure, clean,
washed and living for God in some sort of otherworldliness that is somewhere
in the shadow lands behind our understanding.
In reality, in our day-in and day-out, nitty-gritty existence where heaven
meets Earth, so to speak, we begin to have a different feeling about our life.
Have I really been set free? Many of us are pleading with God and daily
beseeching Him, “Lord, please liberate me! Set me free from bondage, set me
free from the power of sin, set me free from these habitual patterns and
addictions.” We are constantly asking God to deliver us.
The truth is, if you have already met Jesus Christ, if you have been washed by
the blood of the Lamb and cleansed by His precious blood, you have been made
free in Him. You are victorious and a new creation in Christ Jesus!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed
away; behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ
reconciled us to himself” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18, ESV).
You do not have to come to the altar and beg and plead and wallow in despair
and guilt and cry, “Oh, God, set me free! God, please change me!” No,
because He has already changed you. He has already made you new. He has already
convicted you of unrighteousness and planted His righteousness inside of you. As
a believer in Jesus Christ, you cannot compel Him to make you righteous but if
you have met Him, He has already made you righteous and and complete.
Hallelujah! That is good news!
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