It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

I sat on a stark white floor, draped in thick, heavy chains. My mascara ran as big, hot tears streaked down my face. I leaned down and grabbed one more chain; with both hands I hoisted it over my shoulder, my back bending beneath its weight.

Suddenly, a gentle thought was impressed on my heart: “Child, these chains are broken. They hold no power over you. Take them off. There’s life to live!” I sat stunned for a moment, realizing nothing held me to that spot but my own shortsightedness. I was allowing these chains to bind me. I had already been set free!

While it’s been several years since I awoke from this vivid dream, I can still feel the sense of relief and hope I experienced in that moment.

This week we will celebrate the freedom we have as a Nation. But I wonder as Christians if we might also use this as an opportunity to celebrate the freedom we have in Christ.

Like our Nation’s freedom, our spiritual freedom was bought with blood and is under constant attack. Chains, in the form of legalism, lies, and laziness, can creep back over our shoulders, keeping us from moving forward in the life He’s set before us. Worse yet, once enslaved, we tend to heap chains on others, even our children.

Hear me, Mama: You are free, bound only to the yoke of Christ! We must remain vigilant against the schemes of our enemy. Don’t let legalism bind you. Don’t let your flesh bind you. Take off those chains. There’s life to live!

Press on, Mama,

Mary Kathryn

More Moments in the Word:

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:15-18

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14

But now that you have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. Romans 6:22

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom to cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16

To Consider this Week:

What “chains” are you laying on yourself? What lies or legalistic practices are keeping you from freely loving God and loving others?

How can you “take them off” today, remembering the freedom you have in Christ?

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