A team of executives hosted a meeting for young women rescued from the sex trade industry. The women were part of a program to prepare and place them in a corporate internship. Arriving at the high-rise office building, they were welcomed into a beautifully appointed conference room. Floor-to-ceiling windows lined two walls, overlooking the very streets where many of them had been victims of heinous crimes.
Their rescue is much like our own:
“At just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6).
Because we believed in and received Jesus as our Savior:
“…our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6).
With a love far beyond our comprehension, God sacrificed His Son to rescue us from the grip of Satan. He freed us from the power of sin, and, in Christ, gave us everything we need to live in complete freedom through victory over sin. Choosing to live in sin and forfeit our God-given freedom is as ludicrous and damaging as a woman who, when offered an escape, chooses to remain in the sex trade. Yet we can be deceived. Sin becomes familiar and comfortable. Ceasing to sin can seem more difficult than continuing to live with its effects. At times, victory over sin feels impossible, a dream we will never realize.
Yet freedom from sin is our inheritance in Christ. We receive and walk in victory just as we were saved: by faith, through grace. We admit we have a sin problem and need a Deliverer. We believe that Jesus can and will deliver us. We then meditate on and obey God’s Word, for God has promised that through His truth He will set us free. These steps will root, build up and strengthen us so the lies of Satan lose their deceptive allure. The power of sin will no longer feel unconquerable.
In what ways are you living as if still a slave to sin? Talk to God about them. Let Him show you how, by faith, you can receive His grace. He will rescue you. He will set you free.