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Finding Freedom from Bondage to Sin

As a pastor, I have encountered many individuals who feel trapped in a cycle of unhealthy behaviors. Whether it is due to drugs, alcohol, sex, or other influences, many people feel like they are living a life that is not truly their own. It can be challenging to face the reality of being under the control of anything other than God’s Holy Spirit. However, the good news is that freedom from bondage to sin is possible. We can overcome sinful habits through the Lord Jesus Christ and find true freedom.


When we find ourselves in bondage to sin, it can be hard to know where to turn. It can feel like we are trapped and there is no way out. However, God’s Word tells us we can overcome our struggles depending on His strength and obedience to His Word.


The first step towards breaking free from bondage to sin is understanding that we are not alone. We have a Savior who understands our struggles and is with us every step of the way.


The next step is to turn to God’s Word as our guide. In John 8:34-36, Jesus tells us that everyone who struggles with sin is a slave to sin. However, He also promises that if the Son sets us free, we will be free indeed. When we rely on God’s Holy Spirit and obey His commands, we can break the power of sin in our lives. This is confirmed in Romans 6:1-7, which tells us that when we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and raised to new life. This new life should be lived in obedience to God, and when we do so, sin no longer has power over us.


Galatians 5:16 is another powerful verse that reminds us to walk by the Spirit and not gratify the desires of the flesh. This is easier said than done, but it is possible. We must consciously turn away from things causing us to stumble and instead turn towards God. We will find that our desires align with His when we obey Him. We will no longer feel the pull towards sinful behaviors that once controlled us.


II Peter 2:19b reminds us that “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” This is a humbling truth, but it’s also empowering. When we recognize and acknowledge the things that are mastering us, we can begin to take steps toward breaking free. We can turn to the Lord, who has already broken the power of sin on the cross. We can rely on His strength to help us overcome our struggles and find true freedom.


Finally, as we strive to break free from bondage to sin, we must remember the words of I John 3:23-24: “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them.” We must believe in Jesus and follow His commands to find true freedom from bondage to sin. As we do so, we will discover that we are no longer slaves to sin but free in Him.


Conclusion:

Finding freedom from bondage to sin is not easy, but possible. We must first acknowledge the things that are mastering us and turn to God’s Word for guidance. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to help us overcome our struggles and live in obedience to God’s commands. When we do so, we will find true freedom from the things that once controlled us. As we walk in faith and obedience, we will discover that we are no longer slaves to sin but free in Christ.

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