Delivered from bondage


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William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) – The Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1880) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Exodus 20:1-6 And God spoke all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shall have no other gods before me. Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

There is a struggle sweeping the Christian church, a struggle familiar to everyone. It is the most damaging thing we could ever experience, a work of the enemy that he might destroy the believer and those coming to Christ.

The struggle I speak of is nothing more than doubt, for After receiving Christ, It seems there is always room for the enemy to plant his seed. The seed of doubt is like a wild weed that grows wildly and quickly no matter how much you cut it back. This doubt when fully grown produces the fruit of self righteousness where we begin to live our lives not through the power of God, but through the power of our will. As a result of this self righteousness which is the product of doubt, many of us including the church that should be growing falls into a place of passiveness.

Before we came to Christ our savior,  we seem to forget that we weren’t brought into the family of God by our strength or power, but rather we were first brought out of sin by the love and grace of God, to His holy mountain where He gave us the law.

When we look back at our lives, we should see the mess we were in, serving a king and a nation filled with idolatry. We took our children and throw them to the fire, we offered our children on the altar of strange gods. The lives we once lived was an abomination before a holy God, but when God saw us in a state of doom, He sent forth a deliverer who delivered us out of sin.

But even when the deliverer was in our midst leading us out of darkness, we were not yet willing to obey and follow. We grumble along the way provoking our God, we doubt His promises even after we saw His work of salvation.  We cross the sea out of the land of bondage, and having being freed from the power and control of the man of sin we cry out to return to a life of bondage.

God brought us to His holy mountain, gave us His law by which we should live, and even after He came down in His glory and speaking with us, our hearts were still looking back at Egypt. ” While we were in Egypt we had bread enough to eat, and watermelons” we cried forgetting the promise God made with us to bring us out of a land of bondage that He might become our God and we His people.

The result of our behavior now that we are saved from sin, and not by our own hands, religion, or human doctrine was a life of self righteousness. We begin to judge one another rather than showing true love, we begin to measure our righteousness by a set of laws we observe, forgetting we were not saved by might, nor by power, but by the grace of God.

The conclusion I have for us all is not to live our lives believing we are able to save ourselves, but rather to remember that our salvation came from the Lord. Remember we are powerless through our efforts to uphold the laws of God, and that to fulfill God’s law we are to lean on His strength, His might, and His love.  He is the God who brought us out of sin, out of a life of bondage that we might become His people, and He our God.

We were not saved because we were living holy lives before God, we were not saved because we were keeping His laws, rather receiving the law we saw how ungodly we were, how wrong and far away from God we were. Receiving the law we saw the mercies of God to have redeemed us while we were yet sinners unworthy of His love.

Let us live our lives not by our will, nor by our strength, but learning daily to die to the world that we might allow God the Father, and His holy Spirit to live through us.

Romans 5:6-11  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

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