Welcome again to this week's word for the week. Whom the Son has set free is free indeed. How many times have you heard that? It is a common passage of scripture that is often quoted and for very good reason. It is true! The question is not if it's true or not. The question is do you know what that means for you? Do you understand all of the areas of your life that are covered by that passage?
I need to get straight to the point this week. Do you realize that being free also means those areas that are strongholds in your life? It applies to those things that seem to constantly get in your way. Those things that seem to constantly be the source of your failures. Those things that seem to pull on your flesh at the very time you say you want to get closer to Christ. Those are the things we need to be free from and those are the very things Christ wants to set us free from.
This life in Christ is beautiful when you think about it. When you don't know something you simply call on God. When you need something done you turn to God. When you need something worked out you trust in God. When you need healing in your body you turn to God. When you are frustrated you turn to God. These are things that people will gladly and quickly turn to God for. How many of you reading this turn to God when your flesh is feeling weak? How many turn to God when someone has upset you and you're on the verge of saying something you will regret?
God wants to set us free in all things. Every area of your life that is not clean and holy in His sight are the very things He wants to set you free from. You were not created in failure. You were created in victory. You were not created just for potential. You were created for promise. You were not called to lie, cheat, and steal your way through life. You were called to honest, upright, holy, and one who has their complete trust in the Lord. Do you truly realize what you were created for? Do you know the thoughts and plans God has for you?
Don't miss your promise. Don't miss what God has. I say that all the time here but it is for a reason. God is up to something in your life. You can't afford to lose hope and quit. You can't afford to throw it all away. Yes, it takes effort to live holy. It takes effort to stay saved. But it doesn't cost you anything to pray and call on God in your times of trouble. It doesn't cost you anything to walk away from your sins but it will bless you beyond measure. I leave you with this question this week. Are you free by lip service or are you free indeed?
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon