BREAKING FREE

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Breaking free is a reminiscence of the cry of David:  I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined to me, and heard by prayer.  He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings (or steps).  And he put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord (Psalm 40:1-3).

David had a sure hope and firm expectation of God's help, and assistance, in being delivered in a time of duress.  In the 38th Psalm he prayed a prayer of a penitent heart: O Lord, rebuke me not in your wrath: neither chasten me in your hot displeasure (Psalm 38:1).  For my iniquities are gone over my head: as a heavy burden they are too heavy for me (Psalm 38:4).  Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation (Psalm 38:22).  


Breaking Free
(Restraints of Sin)

There is a great need of breaking free from the restraints of sin, in a world that has made it readily available, because of losing sight of a godly nature.  Breaking free can only happen with a return to the God of one's youth.

The sinfulness of this world is exceeding the pre-Flood period of Noah, the Sodom and Gomorrah era, and Babylon which was the hold of every foul spirit.  Many who have knowledge of God's Word can see a similarity to that of Lot who was delivered from Sodom; but not before being vexed (or troubled) with the filthy conversation (or conduct) of the wicked.  For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds (2 Peter 2:7-8).

Breaking Free of Ungodliness

If one has not become blinded by the acceptability of today's ungodliness; it should be troublesome to them as that of Lot.  Breaking free was not easy for Lot; for when the angels of the Lord attempted to lead him out of Sodom, prior to its destruction, Lot lingered.  Scripture reveals: And while he lingered, the men (or angels) laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful to him: and they brought him forth, and set him without (or outside) the city (Genesis 19:16).

They were instructed by the angels to escape for their lives and not look back.  Then the Lord rained fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah from out of heaven.  But Lot's wife looked back and she become a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).  What so captivated Lot that he lingered?  What so captivated his wife that she looked back?  What would so captivate the heart of one today should destruction, that is foretold in God's Word, be forthcoming?

Days of Noah and Lot

Scripture reveals: And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man (or the coming of the Lord).  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built: but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  Even so shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed (Luke 17:26-30). 

In that day, he which shall be on the housetop, and his stuff (or possessions) in the house, let him not come down to take it away (or retrieve it), let him not turn back: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife (Luke 17:31-32).  A Bible commentary noted: Wholehearted devotion to God, as opposed to loving possessions or life itself, will be the only refuges in that day.

Day of the Lord

Scripture reveals: The heavens and the earth, which are now, are kept in store, reserved unto fire against (or until) the day of judgment and perdition (or destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7).  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10).

Nevertheless we (the believers in Christ), according to his promise look for new heavens, and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.  Seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:13-14).  

Escape from Things of This World

Scripture reveals:  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (for he is faithful that promised (Hebrews 10:23).  Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more as we see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:25).

Breaking free of a world system that does not pursue knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and if one does, it is only to suit one's own fancy rather than that of a Christlike spirit.  There is ungodliness that is being pursued, with no desire of breaking free, but rather to relish that  which is being partaken of with pride. 

However, there is an escape from the things of this world when one looks toward a heavenly gain through Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Scripture reveals:  If the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) shall make you free, you shall be free indeed (John 8:36).  Free indeed is a true freedom from the clutches of sin; and the miry clay that attempts to hold one there, until freedom in Christ becomes a reality.

Born in Sin
(Freed from its Clutches)

A Bible commentary noted:  We are born in sin, and the servants of it. Christ makes us free from sin; from the bondage and servitude to it, from the power and dominion, and from the guilt of punishment for it, by procuring the pardon of those sins through His atoning blood, shed on the cross of Calvary, making one free of its clutches.

Scripture reveals: If we confess our sins, he (the Lord Jesus Christ) is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).  It takes a repentant heart to be a recipient of God's forgiveness through His Son.

Breaking free from the restraints of sin is impossible; without crying out to the one who is able to set one free (the Lord Jesus Christ).  Sin is as a magnet; a device that attracts, as flowers are to bees.  Sin becomes the center of attraction, the center of one's consciousness, interest, bring the prime focus, rather than the one who can set one free from its influence. 

Breaking free of sin is to destroy its continuity; as that of a magnet's drawing power, to dissolve or terminate its affect, to escape its influence.  Scripture reveals: If any man sin, we have an advocate (or intercessor) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; And he is the propitiation (or atonement) for ours sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:1-2). 

Freed from Entrapment

I once seen a butterfly caught in the snare of a spider's web.  I leaned over and freed it from its entrapment, for the spider had not yet began its devious work, and it flew up freed! 

It was a beautiful sight to behold, and that is what God wants to see in His people, freed from the temptations that so readily ensnares them in our modern day culture.  He gave us His best in providing His only begotten Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), as an atonement for our sins, which breaks us free from a sinful life; to freedom given through Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Not Entangled Again

Breaking free from the ugliness of what the spider was going to do, was undone by a moment of kindness, and such is the beauty of salvation that frees one from the ugliness of a sin-filled life into the beauty of holiness.

Scripture reveals: Being made free from sin, we become servants to God, having our fruit unto holiness; and the end everlasting life (Romans 6:22).  Once freed, we are to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and to be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1).

Power of Darkness

God has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son (the Lord Jesus Christ).  In whom we have redemption (or freedom) through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14).

Darkness is the state in which unbelievers exist, namely that of spiritual ignorance, with the attending immorality and misery.  The apostle Paul identified the reason for such a state of existence:  If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost (or perishing); in whom the god of this world (or Satan) has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

Pleasure of Sin But for a Season

We live in a world that has become blinded to the disastrous results of a sin-filled world.  Breaking free from such is often hindered by those who paint a pretty picture of its ungodly pleasures.

Scripture reveals: Moses, when he was come to years (or of age), refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures (or passing pleasure) of sin for a season.  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he had respect (or looked) unto the recompense of the reward (Hebrews 11:24-26).

Sin could be likened to a life of pleasure, of one's own choosing, but brings disastrous results in the end.  Scripture reveals:  Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust (or desire), and enticed.  Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth (or gives birth) to sin: and sin, when it is finished (or full-grown), brings forth death (James 1:14-15).

Genuine Repentance 
(Forgiveness and Restoration)

A Sunday school commentary noted:  Sin will do three things in one's life:  It will take one where they never intended to go; it will keep one longer than they intended to stay; and it will cost one more than they intended to pay. 

Sin is a costly business that separates people from God.  Breaking free requires genuine repentance which brings forgiveness and restoration from God; through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who paid the ultimate price to free us from sin.  The shedding of His precious blood, for the remission of sins. frees us from the clutches of sin and the lifestyle associated with it.

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