Free Indeed, Free In Deed

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

Have you ever had one of those days? It’s your day off. The sun peaks through your window, and your eyes flutter open. You get out of bed, and start getting ready for the day. You think through your day and realize, that today is going to be a great day! It is sunny, you have time to spend with friends or family, and you have coffee in hand. Have you ever had one of those days? One of those days that was really good? Maybe you got to mark something off your to do list, or maybe you just had an opportunity to do something fun. But then, it happens. One comment, one argument, one situation, one wrong look can change your entire day, your attitude, your mood. Your smile fades away, the laughter fades into the background, and your heart becomes heavy... Yeah, one of those days.

If you have had one of those days, you know exactly what I am talking about. Feelings of anger, jealousy, sadness, bitterness fill you and flood you. Suddenly it is the only thing you can think about… Maybe you even step back and ask yourself “how did this happen?”. The sunshine stops, and the clouds roll in. Your day is now ruined.

That may sound super depressing or dramatic, but it has probably happened to you. It happens to me, more often than I would like to admit. So, how do you prevent it from happening?

A month or so ago, I had a conversation with someone who I love and respect very much, and they told me they felt like Satan was making an attack on me. It was one of those conversations that sticks in your head, even if you don’t want it to. At the time of this conversation, I wasn’t seeing what they were seeing. Until, I realized how many of “those days” I have had in the past month. When someone says that Satan is going to attack, I usually imagine Job. I imagine someone who is clearly having things thrown at them, physical struggles, or things taken away from them- things outside of their control. I don’t think about emotional struggle, or anger, or bitterness from situations you thought you had moved past. I said it wasn't an attack of the enemy, because it wasn't Satan at all who was making my life so difficult- it was me. It was my own flesh, my own sin, that I was allowing to rise to the surface… It’s crazy to think that Satan can use you against yourself, but he can.

So, back to the original question. How do you prevent it from happening? Lay it down at the foot of the cross… And do not pick it back up again. There is so much destruction that happens in not only having sin, but picking it back up again- every time a bad situation arises, or a bad conversation happens.

Our flesh, our sin, does not control us. It does not control you, so stop acting like it does. Stop giving it excuses, stop justifying your sin because you don’t want to rid yourself of it. Satan does not have a higher level of authority than Christ, so stop acting as if he does. Jesus Christ died for you, so that you would no longer have to walk in the ways of your flesh. It may be difficult, but it is not impossible to do. The Holy Spirit is living inside of you! Praise God for that. Lean on Him. Rely on Him. Put all your energy and focus, on Him. Christian, walk in the ways in which He has called you to walk. In the freedom in which He died to give you.

So, if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:36

-Ellie Stephan