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SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Corinthians 3:12-18
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty – 2 Corinthians 3:17
Something happened in 1990 that really changed the world either negatively or positively according to where one stood. The Berlin Wall, the division between communist East Berlin and free West Berlin, came down. Thousands of people streamed through Checkpoint Charlie, and civilians with hammers and pickaxes took the old symbol of bondage down piece by piece. In fact, some Germans have done well to keep pieces of that wall as memory with some giving some to visiting friends as gifts.
It’s an amazing thing to see walls come down in such a dramatic way, and to see freedom take root and grow where oppression once thrived. But some could testify that although walls seem to be coming down around the world today, they are still captured – still in bondage. Not to a political system or to an oppressive government, but held captive by sin and the pull of the old, unredeemed nature.
To those who are struggling to live the Christian life, to be obedient, to “do better” than before, I have one word: quit! That’s right…quit trying. You see, this new covenant we are under is not about law-keeping and striving, it is about grace. The fading glory of the old covenant could only diagnose our sin problem, not solve it permanently. But through the blood of Christ, we have been set free from the bondage of trying harder, and “doing enough.” God has already done enough: He sent His Son to die on our behalf, and attributes His righteousness to us when we place our faith in Jesus. That will set you free!
• What are some of the obstacles to my walk with the Lord?
• Am I always ‘trying’ to please God?
I have tried but it never worked, I therefore quit trying today. Lord, give me freedom from sin. Amen.
To be free, seek real freedom
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