The Liberator

             Most of us do not like to be trapped. Being locked in a room, stuck in a stalled elevator, or even being held up in traffic gridlock: all of these and other entrapments make us extremely agitated and uncomfortable. Bondage of any kind is not positive.

            Christ came to untangle us from our major entrapment—our bondage to sin. What He has done for us on the cross enables us to “stand fast…in the liberty by which Christ has made us free” and we’re encouraged “not [to] be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” Galatians 5:1 (NKJ). The NIV Bible translates that verse like this: “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.”

             When you know that door could get jammed and lock you in, you stay out of that room. If you know that elevator is always getting stuck between floors, you take the stairs. And when you are aware that by8am, the freeway will be bumper-to-bumper for the next hour-and-a-half, you either leave earlier than 8, stay home until after9:30, or take an alternate route. You’re smart to do what you can to avoid getting stuck, trapped, or closed in. So why do you behave any differently toward the freedom Christ provides? Paul admonishes us, “But now that you know God– or rather are known by God– how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? Galatians 4:9 (NIV)

          Remember how it feels to be trapped and avoid the ambushes sin lays out for you. Rely on the Liberator to set you free and maintain that freedom as you “live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil,” instead, operate realizing that your freedom enables you to “live as servants of God” 1 Peter 2:16 (NIV).


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.


~ by sanewriter on October 20, 2011.

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