In America, we are celebrating the fourth of July.  Although there are some American who just celebrate this holiday, because they like to blow up things.  Most American celebrate the freedom from England.  We like to declare, “We are free.”

But we are not.  We are either slave to sin, or a slave to God.

John 8:34 “Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.’”

Romans 6: “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.”

If you study Romans 6, or Galatians 4, you will see that we are NOT free.  Sin or Righteousness controls us.

As a Christian, I (Kendra) am supposed to be controlled by righteousness.  I have been set free from sin, shame, guilt, and fear, but I still struggle.  Sometimes, I forget and I fall into the old ways.

This week, I had an opportunity to encourage a new follower of Christ.  She was dealing with shame, because she doesn’t know what God wants her to do with her life.  I hope I encouraged her my being vulnerable with my weaknesses.  After the conversation though, I kept thinking of things I wish I would have said. Things like the following:

    1. Even if you don’t feel it, Jesus has forgiven you of your sins.  When you feel shame or guilt, learn from your mistakes, and stand back up.
    2. Find truths in the Bible to combat Satan personal lies. Satan knows my weakness.  He knows I feel inadequate.  I have verses that I turn to when he starts lying again.

You are a slave to Christ.  Focus on obedience today, not your failure from your past.  You can’t change that, or your fears of tomorrow.  Pray about them and allow Jesus to make your future good.

We can trust our Master.  We should come to Him with our desires, and our Master will listen and respond in a good and loving way.  He treats us with love, because of His character, not because we earn it.  

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