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What It Really Means for You to Live Free

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Break the bondage of sin and live free from the pain and destruction of the old life.

He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate"—Matthew 19:4-6.

I love history. And one of my favorite eras of history to read about is the American Civil War. Not long ago, I read an article about slaves who were liberated at the end of the war. The article went into depth about how many of those slaves were afraid to be liberated, so they stayed with their masters and lived in bondage for the rest of their lives.

I know so many Christians who’ve become so accustomed to living their lives in bondage to their past that they continue to live in it even after they’ve been liberated in Christ. They find comfort in the same habits and hang-ups they did before and never really try to break the cycle of pain and destruction.

But the Bible tells you and me that once we’re in Christ, we don’t have to go back to the way things were. Yes, we may still have the same sin struggles, but we no longer have to submit to them because we’ve been set free from the old way of doing things. What wonderful news!

Maybe today, you’re still under the bondage of some of the past. Maybe there’s even some behavior in your life that has a grip on you and you don’t see a way out. But there is a way. By the power of Christ, you can be set free from every sin pattern in your life. Submit to Him today and release yourself from the past. Live free.

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