“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19
Jesus came to set us free. He conquered death and sin on the cross. He accomplished everything he set out to accomplish. So why do so many Christians still walk around in chains?
Every time we light up a cigarette, every time we fall to temptation, how many of us are convinced that God is angry at us, disappointed with us? Many of us don’t walk around with heads held high in holy confidence. For many of us, we’re secretly convinced that God’s angry at us because our lives are still so screwed up even after we became a Christian.
Some of us are enslaved to things, to addictions. We know of others that got saved and immediately were able to quit. Why were they able to and you weren’t? Why do you still struggle with addiction? Are you just weaker than everyone else?
Some of us still feel like life is out to get us. Things never seem to work out. We know that God is in control, which actually makes it worse, because now it seems like he’s the one that ordered the dark cloud to follow us around. Does God just have it out for us?
It is far too easy for us as Christians to claim victory on Sunday mornings but live in defeat the rest of the week. It shouldn’t be like that. Jesus didn’t rise victoriously from the grave so that we could walk through our days in defeat. He came to set us free. This sermon series we’re launching Sunday at MTVchurch called Freedom is about how we can experience that freedom day in and day out.
Join us at MTVchurch or online at www.mtvchurch.tv (9:00 am and 10:30 am CST)