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Breaking Free From Sin

READ | Luke 4:14-21

Whatever a man depends upon is his master. Unless he recognizes God as the authority in his life, he will operate on the basis of needs and personal desires.

For example, one person may be motivated by approval. Someone else is driven by a dependency on alcohol or cigarettes. Fulfilling a craving can quickly become a destructive habit. A person will likely come to despise this controlling “master” because it repeatedly fails to make him truly happy. And even worse, the most devastating potential consequence of satisfying “self” is eternal separation from the Lord.

Perhaps this dangerous path sounds all too familiar. If so, don’t despair. Luke 4:18 records a promise meant for you. Reading from the book of Isaiah, the Lord said, “[God] has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives.” Jesus is the great liberator, who came to set you free.

Our Savior’s sacrificial death breaks the chains of sin. Those who trust in Him receive the Holy Spirit. They’re transformed into new creatures with the desire and capacity to serve Him.

Some believers will feel instant freedom from enslaving needs and habits.Others experience liberation over time and through the aid of Christian counselors. But no matter how deep or wide the pit of wrongdoing, Jesus will rescue whoever calls upon His name in faith.

Freedom is yours for the taking because Jesus Christ has already paid the price. Ask for His forgiveness, and He’ll break your bondage to sin.

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