He has broken the shackles which have kept you a prisoner

 

All that we do in this life is a result of who we believe.  Every decision we make either gives glory to God or it is sin.  There is no middle ground in our relationship with God.  Jesus said in John 8:34-36, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed“.    Only he is able to break the chains that restrain you and keep you from living a life that is abundantly blessed.   It is by surrendering all that you have to Christ that you become a conqueror.  Until you have made a commitment to have Jesus as your Savior, you are in bondage to the devil! You are his slave! You have no power to live a righteous life because you cannot do it by yourself.  It takes the power of the Holy Spirit to help you to win over the spiritual forces of evil that are present in this world. 

Never underestimate the enemy!  Your strength alone cannot defeat him.  It is only the atoning death of Jesus on the cross that can crush the force of Satan in your life.  Because of his great sacrifice, there is now no struggle, no addictions and no pain that can withstand the redeeming power of Christ!  He alone can take you through your trials and calm every storm.   But you must choose to follow him on the narrow path.  All of the failures in your life have come about because you believed an evil, deceitful enemy! He was able to convince you that you really weren’t so bad and that the sin in your life wasn’t that big.  But that is a lie from the pit of hell!  Every sin has a consequence and unless you stand under the blood of Jesus, you will suffer for your rebellion. We serve a holy God and every offense merits eternal death. Only by repenting and believing on Christ who paid the price for your life can you ever enter heaven.  You must turn away from your old ways and keep your eyes on the One who has the power to save you.  You cannot continue to live in your same life of sin and have a relationship with Christ.  Jesus must be Lord over your life in order for you to stand righteous before God. 

 My friends, if you want a new life that will give you hope and joy, there is only one Way and his name is Jesus.  There is no other name under heaven by which you can be saved.  The good news is that he wants a relationship with you.  Your Creator knows you by name and he understands all that you are going through.  He knows your weaknesses and struggles.  He wants to give you a life with purpose and a future that will endure into eternity.  You no longer are without hope  despite your circumstance because Jesus has the power to set you free.

 

Dear Lord, I pray that all those who read this message will understand that your sacrifice paid the price for us to be free.  Help those who put their faith in you to know that there is nothing that can defeat them or destroy the plan that you have purposed for their life.  Give them wisdom to know that you have overcome the world and we have nothing  to fear.  Death no longer has a hold on us for you have given us eternal life.  Make this truth real to all those who are struggling in their pain right now.  May they know that you will be with them in every storm that they face.  For our strength and hope is in the unfailing name of Jesus.  Amen

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