Living Free – Throwing Off the Chain of Sin Itself

Thoughts, True Freedom, Walking in the New Nature
So we have examined a lot of chains in the past few weeks; chains from which Christ offers sweet release.  We have examined: the chain of the Law the chain of legalism the chain of pride the chain of shame the chain of guilt the chain of fear the chain of worry the chain of selfish ambition the chain of idolatry the chain of our own unworthiness We now come to the last chain, the chain of sin itself.  And let's be very careful to explain exactly what that means. "Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us"…
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Living Free – Throwing Off the Chain of Our Unworthiness

Thoughts, True Freedom, Walking in the New Nature
There is a branch of theology that says, "You are not worth it."  There are voices in your past that say, "You are not worth it."  There are messages from the church that say, "You are not worth it."  There are Bible teachers who say, "You are not worth it."  My simple answer to all of these is, "Do not believe it, you are worth it." "Worth what?" you might ask.  You are worth being ransomed, redeemed, delivered, rescued, set free.  "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life" (Jn 3:16).  God's love, God's plan, God's salvation, and God's promise are so beautifully summarized in this one verse. But in the beauty of…
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Living Free – Throwing Off the Chain of Idolatry

Thoughts, True Freedom, Walking in the New Nature
Idolatry is a powerful chain in the lives of many believers.  I am not talking about images of wood or stone.  I am talking about the place in our lives where we run to receive what only God can give.  I am talking about that place where we put our "functional trust". If the word "idol" sounds strange to you in this context, let me pose some questions to help us identify our "idols".  What is that thing, that when you have it in your life, you feel fulfilled?  Or what is that thing, that when it is absent, you feel unsettled and discontent?  Or what is that thing, that when you have Jesus + ______ , all is right in your world? Pastor Eric Hoffman writes, "Idolatry begins when we…
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