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Daily Devotional - Freedom In Christ

Devotional Overview:

Is your spiritual life like a roller coaster, with far fewer ups than downs? Are there habits in your life over which you seem to have no control? Do you experience more anxiety than peace, more fear than faith, and more failure than success? Join Dr. Charles Stanley as he focuses on the freedom in Christ available to all believers and the truth that truly sets us free.

Key Scriptures:

  • Romans 8:1

Devotional

No Condemnation

Do you believe God likes you? “Don’t you mean, ‘loves me’?” you ask. No, likes you. Do you believe God likes you? This is one of my favorite questions to ask. The reason is it cuts through to the core of how an individual really believes God feels about him or her. So, do you think God likes you? If He were to show up in bodily form, do you think He would seek you out? Would you be someone He’d enjoy being around?
Isn’t it strange how much more comfortable we are with the concept of “love” than with the concept of “like” when it comes to God’s feelings toward us? Why do you think that’s true? Often, the reason lies in the fact that we’ve not come to grips with the real extent to which God has forgiven us. Consequently, we live with a subtle sense of condemnation. It’s as if there’s always a dark cloud separating us from God. We say we’re forgiven, but in our hearts, we’re never fully convinced God isn’t still a little angry with us.

The truth is, every reason God had for being angry with us was dealt with at Calvary. Our forgiveness is so complete that God is not only free to love us, He can like us as well. Think about this: “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). If you’ve placed your trust in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, the Bible says you are positionally in Christ. And once you were placed into Christ, you were separated from the guilt that once brought divine condemnation. You’re not condemned. Christ was condemned on your behalf, and now you’re free.
“But,” you may ask, “why do I feel so condemned? Why don’t I feel forgiven?” It’s probably because you’ve not made up your mind to take God at His Word. Instead, you’ve measured your worthiness and acceptability by your performance. To be free from feelings of condemnation, you must renew your mind to this powerful truth: “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

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Daily Devotional - Freedom In Christ

Devotional Overview:

Is your spiritual life like a roller coaster, with far fewer ups than downs? Are there habits in your life over which you seem to have no control? Do you experience more anxiety than peace, more fear than faith, and more failure than success? Join Dr. Charles Stanley as he focuses on the freedom in Christ available to all believers and the truth that truly sets us free.

Key Scriptures:

  • Romans 12:2
  • Proverbs 23:7

Devotional

Transformed

Most of us have had the frustrating experience of making a sincere commitment only to find that several days later we’ve abandoned it. I call it the “youth camp syndrome.” At many of the churches I pastored through the years, the youth attended camp just about every summer. As is the case with many camps, we always ended the week with a commitment service. Each year was the same. Everyone cried and promised God the moon—no more lying, cursing, cheating, smoking, drinking, and on and on it went. Unfortunately, most of those promises were broken before we ever made it back to the church parking lot the next afternoon.

I believe most of the decisions made during those sessions were sincere. The problem was the follow through. While the youth were clear on the “oughts” and “ought nots,” it was the “how to’s” that remained difficult to implement. And the same is true for all of us—no matter what our age.

Because of his background, the apostle Paul knew all too well the frustration of knowing what to do without knowing how to do it. No doubt it was his own experience that made him sensitive to his readers’ needs in this area. And so in one perfectly-penned statement he summarized the key to consistent change: “by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2).

Paul knew that our behavior is directly affected by the way we think. For real change to take place externally, there must first be a change in our thinking. Until we get involved in the process of renewing our minds, any behavioral change is going to be short-lived.

Renewing the mind is a little like refinishing furniture. It’s a two-stage process. It involves taking off the old and replacing it with the new. The old is the lies you’ve learned to tell or were taught by those around you; it’s the attitudes and ideas that have become a part of your thinking but don’t reflect reality. The new is the truth. To renew your mind is to involve yourself in the process of allowing God to bring to the surface the lies you’ve mistakenly accepted and replace them with truth. To the degree that you do this, your behavior—and your entire life—will be completely transformed.

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Daily Devotional - Freedom In Christ

Devotional Overview:

Is your spiritual life like a roller coaster, with far fewer ups than downs? Are there habits in your life over which you seem to have no control? Do you experience more anxiety than peace, more fear than faith, and more failure than success? Join Dr. Charles Stanley as he focuses on the freedom in Christ available to all believers and the truth that truly sets us free.

Key Scriptures:

  • Romans 6:7
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18
  • John 8:36

Devotional

Dead Men Don’t Sin

Freedom begins and ends at the cross of Christ. At Calvary, the penalty for our sin was dealt with once and for all. It was there that Christ was punished on our behalf so that we would be free of sin’s debt. But something else took place at the cross that equally affects our freedom. Not only was the penalty of sin dealt with that day, but the power of sin as well. Christ’s death and resurrection marked the end of sin’s power to control the believer. Just as sin could not control the Son of God, so it is powerless to control those who’ve been placed into Christ by faith.

Unfortunately, many who would nod in agreement with the above statement are anything but free experientially. They’re still slaves to the same habits and sin that plagued them in their pre-Christian days. There’s no victory over sin. There’s little joy. Consequently, there’s little reason to keep struggling. And so for many believers, their motto becomes, “Well … nobody’s perfect.”
God doesn’t intend for us to continue to live as slaves to sin. The message of the cross is freedom from sin—both its penalty and its power. While it’s true we’ll always be temptable, it’s not true that we must give in to temptation. The moment you were saved, you were given new life—Christ’s life. You died to your old life—a life dominated by the power and lure of sin. Your new life is the same life that enabled Christ to walk this earth for 33 years without sinning. It’s the very life that enabled Him to walk out of the grave unaffected by death. On the day you were born again, you became a new person with brand-new potential in regard to sin and death.

To make this historical and theological truth a reality, we must appropriate it. That is, we must accept it as fact and act on it. As long as we’re convinced to the contrary, we’ll continue to live as slaves.
Have you acknowledged your freedom from sin’s power? Have you been claiming it? Or have you been relying on your feelings as indicators of your relationship to sin? Your feelings will tell you that nothing has changed; everything is as it’s always been.

But God says you’re different. He says you’re dead to sin ... and dead people are free from the power of sin. Who will you choose to believe today?

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