I wrote this while in Prison, and adapted since my release.
As I sit at my desk looking out the window through bars across a dry paddock. I can see birds fly freely. They fly over the prison fence and back over to the paddock. They have free will. If someone has a bird for a pet, they put the bird in the cage at night, let it out during the day. Is this bird free?
I’m reminded of the scripture, Rom 6:18 NLT.
Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
As I read that scripture and reflect on my living status, does that make me free? I may not be free physically. Spiritually I am, and that’s what Paul was talking about. He was talking bout Spiritual freedom from sin.
Jesus died on the cross to free us from the bondage of sin. We are no longer bound to sin. To be free from sin, there must be a repentance from the heart, not the head. I believe there has to be a genuine conviction from the Holy Spirit to be free from sin. When we are free from sin, I believe the desire to please God will overcome sin, because the love of God will pull you away from sinning. Look at the temptations of Jesus. When the devil tempted Jesus, He had a relationship with His Father and, He quoted scripture. If you are struggling to be free from sin, are you holding onto it in some form? From my experience, the forgiveness and healing process can be difficult. It may feel you’re going through a tug of war. You’re leaning towards sin, but you don’t want to. This is your flesh fighting against the spirit within you. The flesh is weak, but the Spirit is strong. Do you feel like, when you do sin, your heart has been tighten by a vice? This is because you have disobeyed God. The spirit of God is already doing his work within you. This is the same troubles Paul had.
Rom 7:23-25 NLT –
23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
Sin will always tempt us. As Christians we can overcome sin, because we have the Spirit of God within us to empower us to overcome. For me, I had to allow God to go back in my life to heal old wounds. I could fight off the temptations that came my way when God dealt with the old wounds once and for all. It is also important to live a life that brings you closer to God. You need to have a relationship with Him. I never used to, and so I struggled with sin. Once God had dealt with my past, I didn’t feel like it was a fight to spend time with Him.
I was in a dark hole for many years; I made bad choices. My life was like ground hog day. I would sin, ask God for forgiveness, then sin again. This happened for years. Then I felt a spiritual burst within me to cry out to God. A cry of repentance, asking God to forgive me. The cry came from deep within my belly. It was a deep sorrow within my heart, when my life changed. 2 Corinthians 7:10.
Now, If I do sin, my heart aches. I feel hurt because I have hurt God, and if I sin deliberately, then Jesus’ death is in vain. I’m walking in the flesh and not the Spirit. Galatians 3:4. Through this healing process, it is important to remember;
Rom 8:1-2 NLT
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
Trying to fight the temptation of sin in the flesh will lead to failure. Fighting with Gods help, through the Spirit, will help you overcome the temptation. As you develop your relationship with God; spending time in prayer, fasting, and reading the bible temptation becomes easier to overcome.