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What is Freedom in Christ?- Breaking Bonds of Sin!

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As believers, we know we have assurance of salvation and yet many times we still live under bondage. We are under bondage to fear, worry, anxiety, our past. We don’t live like we are free from sin, free from our past mistakes. Read on to learn the answer to what is freedom in Christ and how to begin breaking bonds of sin in our lives!

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Updated and republished from 3/26/2020

What is Freedom in Christ and Why We Do Not Feel Free?

Have you ever been to a circus and seen a giant elephant kept in place by a small clasp around its leg with only a short, pretty flimsy chain attached to it?

You just know that with no effort at all that chain would be no match for that elephant. It could easily break free from its bonds!

But sadly it doesn’t. It continues to be held in its place by this chain that is no true bond at all.

The reason for this is, at a young age, an elephant is often restrained by much heavier, sturdier chains. The poor young elephant tries to break free but cannot. At its young age and its much smaller size, it cannot get itself free from those heavy chains.

Over time, the elephant stops trying.

At that point, the keepers know they can switch out the heavy chains with that tiny little chain that offers no constraint at all. By this point the poor elephant has become conditioned to its bondage. It no longer tries when it feels that clasp on its leg.

The elephant sees its attempts at freedom as fruitless.

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Freedom in Christ – Your Spiritual Chains

Many of us are like that elephant. We have been so held down by things in our former life that we fail to recognize that we can easily break free from them.

We know that Yeshua saved us. He took our sin and our shame and bore them to the cross, atoning for us and paying the price that was ours to pay

There is little doubt we KNOW He gave us freedom and liberty! But yet we have sometimes become so conditioned to the what binds us that we fail to live in that freedom.

Galatians 5:1 says:

For freedom, Messiah set us free—so stand firm, and do not be burdened by a yoke of slavery again.

TLV

Yet we remain in bondage to a chain that we have been conditioned to believe holds us but in reality, Yeshua has freed us from.

What is freedom in Christ? It’s knowing you hold the keys! It is breaking bonds and walking in that freedom!

The keys to the Kingdom are ours! They are the keys that free us from the prison of sin we have lived in.

We have the keys that free us from fear, worry, anxiety, pain, sickness, guilt. And yet we sit in that prison with the keys in our hand and fail to see we can just open the door at any time.

We remain in bondage while freedom is ours. We should be breaking bonds, not giving in to them!

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An image of an elephant's leg in the forest with a chain around it and Galatians 5:1 quoted

What is Freedom in Christ? – It’s Breaking Bonds in Your Life

It could be bondage to fear, insecurity, past mistakes, temptation, and yes, even religion! Many of us come to Messiah only to continue to live under the bondage to the sins of the past.

We have eternal life and yet we feel as though we are bound to the past! We are bound to the very things Yeshua came to redeem us from!

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says:

For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they have God’s power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.

CJB

Weapons we fight with? Yes! It is warfare! And these bonds we live under should be demolished! Take every thought captive and make them obey the Messiah!

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The Weapons of Our Warfare

The enemy is the one who wants you to believe that you are still bound by that tiny chain around your leg! He wants you to believe you are chained in place when, in reality, you could easily be free from it.

The Bible doesn’t tell you that you won’t have strongholds! It tells you how to break them!

You break them with the weapons of our warfare !

So what are the weapons of our warfare?

Ephesians 6:14-18 tell us about our armor and our weapons!

“Stand firm then! Buckle the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. Strap up your feet in readiness with the Good News of shalom

Above all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 

And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Ruach (Spirit)on every occasion, with all kinds of prayers and requests.

With this in mind, keep alert with perseverance and supplication for all the kedoshim (Holy ones).”

tlv (Parentheses mine)
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The Word of God and Prayer as Weapons

It’s not enough to simply ask ‘what is freedom in Christ?’. We need to also ask (and learn) WHERE that freedom comes from!

Where Does Freedom in Christ Come From?

Freedom in Christ comes the the Word of God and prayer and we break that chain the enemy has used to make us believe we are constrained by using them to remind him of truth! We remind him of what God says!

Studying the Bible can allow you to easily cast down arguments and imaginations which the enemy uses to make you believe you are no better off saved than you were before! He lies and with each lie secures you in place with that imaginary chain!

He wants you to believe your childhood, your past, your mistakes, your failures, your addictions all clamp you down and hold you back!

But God says otherwise!

That is why getting into the Word, guarding your heart and mind and casting down those arguments using the truth of the Word is so vital!! Each time you do, you’ll hear that chain snap open, breaking bonds!

Walk in the freedom Messiah Yeshua has given you and don’t allow the enemy to keep you chained in place! Start breaking bonds and living free!

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CJB – Taken from the Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Messianic Jewish Publishers, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029. www.messianicjewish.net.

Tree of Life (TLV) – Scripture taken from the Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version*. Copyright © 2014,2016 by the Tree of Life Bible Society.  Used by permission of the Tree of Life Bible Society.

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52 Comments

  1. Our sins are forgiven if we truly repent and do no more. Satan trying to keep us in chains. Remember Christ died for all of us

  2. In my opinion THIS topic is so very needed for believers. I know that l lived in my chains for a long time. Once I truly understood surrender is when I found freedom. The people living in chains is why I started my blog, the wounds you receive during that time does require a healing of heart. I also went through a Freedom In Christ program after my surrender and it is absolutely spot on with things that you need to understand to live that Freedom!!

  3. This is excellent Diane! You are so right too… we do stay in the chains from which God died to set us free far too often! Both in my own life, and in my ministry this is probably one of the most prevalent issues I deal with. Just leaving our chains behind and living in the freedom we’ve been given. I do see great victory in so many areas, and yet there are others that just keep coming back up.Thanks God for sanctification! He’s not done with me yet.

  4. This is such a great reminder. There are days when I feel weighted down and I know it is Satan trying to chain me down with negative thoughts. Jesus set us free and I need to keep that at the forefront of my thoughts.

  5. This is a really good article! Loved your lesson from the elephants. Very insightful and helpful for me as I understand my own levels of captivity. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow! Such a powerful post, Diane! So blessed by what you’ve shared here, Sister. May we all walk in freedom! Thank you for sharing and thank you for hosting! God bless you! 🙂

  7. So sad, the cruelty to give us a circus, not all,but some. And now it is history. It should not have been that way, there had to be good training. That story is interesting though, what we learn early on really sticks. I was using the Jacob Marley imagery, carrying the chains we forge in life, I guess we really do. So glad Jesus breaks them.

  8. I’m always encouraged to hear more about how others experience freedom in Christ. And I love your reminder that we don’t have to stay bound by our chains. Thanks for this encouraging word today, Diane!

  9. I never knew that about circus elephants. That is so very sad and what an incredible analogy to our own bondage.

    I have been struggling with fear and anxiety of late and your words encouraged me greatly.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. I’m so sorry you’ve been struggling. I’ll be praying for you! But I’m happy it encouraged you!!

  10. Great truth Diane. This post definitely spoke to my heart. I stayed so bound up in chains and blame for years due to a 15 year abusive marriage and loss of my first grandchild to SID’S at 4 1/2 months old. I am so thankful for God’s grace.

  11. What a wonderful analogy to our chains. It was also a great reminder to me to stop looking back–something I’m so prone to do. I am free indeed! Thank you!

  12. I love the imagery of an elephant in chains, because I think that is so applicable in many ways to a lot of the sins we carry around with us. Great way to look at this and the freedom we have from our great and mighty Chain Breaker!

  13. Conditioned to our bondage…this is so true! Jesus redeems, heals, and restores. But we have to believe Him at His word and meditate on His truth. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth. Freedom in Christ is one of my fave topics. I’ve chosen your post as my feature this week.

  14. Ms lady God BLESS you for this blog my goodness it blessed my soul it hit the nail on the head how affirm and true this blog is. The accuracy of this making me want to shout to the rooftops and give God more glory. Those shackles have to come off, our battle for our minds and hearts depend on it especially for our next generation to come. Thank you for this post.

  15. It is easy to live in chains. It is right where our enemy wants us. So many of these chains form in our childhood. And then as adults we are like that elephant, not realizing we can break free. So thankful that God gives us all the tools to break free. I have been spending my adult life breaking my chains as God reveals them.