“4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
–1 John 5:4
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
There is so many times that I’ve heard about this “freedom” we have in Christ, the victory that He has already won for us. I have heard it, you’ve probably heard it a lot too, but what does those truths change for you?
Despite hearing this truth and knowing it’s true, I have still faced many areas of my life where I am in a battle, I’m fighting face to face with the enemy and it’s a struggle. At times it almost feels like a tug of war, my fleshly desires want to give in so bad and I hear all these lies pulling me in that direction but today I found myself in this similar spot except this time I walked away different.
I looked into the face of temptation, a usual comfort spot for me and a place that I usually fall or at least go through this tug of war of a battle with it. So many times I have felt helpless and wondered why I can’t stop myself from sinning? It felt like no matter what I did, I was doomed as soon as temptation showed up. Today, something clicked. Usually during these times of undergoing the battle of spiritual warfare, I can feel the pull of one side saying, “it’s not that bad, you know you want to, you know you’re going to fall like all those other times.” And then there’s always this other side speaking truth over the lies, reminding me of who God is and why I don’t need this sin in my life. The easy choice is usually just giving in and walking away like nothing happened but today I searched for any piece of truth I could to hold onto. What I found was so simple and so powerful.
It finally just hit me, after spending so much time in my struggles with sin and different strongholds, sitting as a slave in them and seeing no way out. I had heard about the freedom and victory Christ brings to our lives but hearing it and actually believing it are two totally different things. This thought popped into my head and began to break off the chains of bondage that I had worn for so long.
“Why am I fighting and struggling so hard to win? The fight has already been won and Jesus has set me free, I don’t have to be pulled by sin anymore, I’m free. I don’t have to give in and I don’t even have to fight. Jesus has already won the victory.”
You may read that and it just be words but for me today it just made sense. God has freed me from sin and bondage, He’s already won the victory. All these times I’ve struggled so much in this tug of war of spiritual warfare but it just hit me today that I’m free, I don’t have to keep fighting a battle that’s already been won. Belief of this truth covered me in these moments of being tempted and a peace came all over me. I walked away grinning and overwhelmed at how TRUE and AWESOME this freedom is that I have in Christ. It made me see that I don’t have to keep struggling and listening to the lies, I don’t have to feel defeated because it’s something I’ve fallen to in the past. As Christ has won the victory, that gives us a position to stand in victory, confidence and power over sin and anything of this world. It’s like playing a basketball game where the score is 77-0, it’s obvious the game is over and you’ve won, so you don’t have to keep playing so hard, you’re free and a victor.
Just felt freedom today in the biggest way I ever have and it felt good!!! Wanted to share that with you today with the hopes that you too can hear this freedom but even more so believe it and live it. Apply these truths to your daily battles and you’ll feel the chain breaking love of God working you through it. The battle has been won and we’ve been set free. It’s the truth but do you really believe it?