Unshackled!

Hebrews 12:14 – Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord.

Relativism is the theory that says knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute. Secularism the belief that religion should not play a role in government, education, or other public parts of society.

In a world plagued by many theories and –isms and there are barely any absolutes left standing, where are you today? When statements like these constantly ring in your ear – There is nothing wrong with a little of this and a little more of that. Nothing is wrong anymore! Everything is ok and everything acceptable. When these cries of the world cloud your mind, what then is your response?

Is it to say, whatever does it matter if I stay pure and obedient, no one else is, anyway! Is that your heart cry this morning my friend? Has the futility of it all so overwhelmed you that you are no more even willing to try, to live pure and by His Word?

The truth, however, remains unchanged. The truth remains that you are created by God and for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10) You are bought and with a heavy price, the price of Jesus’ blood. (John 3:16). And you belong to Him, twice over. Created by Him and then bought again with His blood. Which leaves you with barely any choice really. You are called to live as He wants. You are called to be holy just as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15). To keep your body pure and holy for it is the temple of the living God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Much as you may know all this to be true, yet you are not able to live in that freedom. Are you in a place where you have already messed up and are saying no, I have messed up so bad that even God cannot forgive me! Are you shackled and in a place of guilt and shame? The prayer is that the words of this beautiful song written by Bill Gaither, ring true in your life because the Lord continues to touch lives today.

Shackled by a heavy burden,
‘Neath a load of guilt and shame.
Then the hand of Jesus touched me,
And now I am no longer the same.

 He touched me, Oh He touched me,
And oh the joy that floods my soul!
Something happened and now I know,
He touched me and made me whole.

Since I met this blessed Savior,
Since He cleansed and made me whole,
I will never cease to praise Him,
I’ll shout it while eternity rolls.

 He touched me, Oh He touched me,
And oh the joy that floods my soul!
Something happened and now I know,
He touched me and made me whole.

Would you come to Jesus today and allow Him to touch and change you forever? He can. He alone can free us from the shackles that keep us chained in our lives, and lead us to freedom in Him.

Lord release me today, I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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