So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
We can often feel like we’re not free, like we’ve been tied up in chains that we can’t get out of. Sometimes we end up feeling like this for a long time; we try and find freedom from the things that hold us back but we can still feel imprisoned by it. But the Bible says ‘If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.’ God wants to set us free. He wants us to live life to the full (take a look at John 10:10) and we can’t do that when we’re being held back by things in our lives. It’s only by turning to God and developing a relationship with Him, that we can get free and stay free. His presence is what brings peace and serenity. His presence fills the emptiness within us and enables us to say no. His Word renews our mind and reframes our attitudes, showing us the right path to take at that moment. God’s freedom is freedom that lasts. When we stay close to Him we’re able to resist temptations and we’ve got the strength to keep going. The Bible says: ‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’ (2 Corinthians 3:17). The chains may have fallen off but we still need to step out of them and walk away. We can be tempted to put the chains back on again because we’re not sure what life without them is like, we’re not sure who we are without them. But with God’s help we won’t only find freedom, but remain in it.
Heavenly Father, help me to be freed up from the things that hold me back and keep me from moving forward toward You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen