Free Bible Study Magazine
Originally published in September 2011’s Living Word Magazine.
The Liberated Life.
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have liberated me when I was in distress.
David’s plea in Psalm 4 for God to hear his cry is based upon the fact that God had heard him in the past and, had liberated him when he was in distress. Whatever our need, God is able to set us free. For if the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed (John 8:36) • From evil spirits (Luke 11:14) • From sickness and infirmity (Luke 13:11-12). • From controlling passions, desires or habits (Rom. 8:2). As we grow in Christ, so this will become more evidenced in our lives, as we feed the new nature and this becomes stronger, so we will be more able to overcome the old nature (John 8:34-36) • From the bondage of having to observe religious rules in order to obtain a righteousness before God (Gal. 5:1). • From fear (1 John 4:18). • From the guilt of past sin (Heb. 9:14). • If the sin was committed before we became Christians then remember we are now new creations in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17-18). • If we sin as Christians, we must confess our sins to God (1 John 1:9). Christ’s mission was to proclaim freedom for the captives (Isa. 61:1). He fulfilled this (Acts 10:38). His reference to the acceptable year of the Lord referred to the Jubilee year, when every Hebrew slave was to be released. Note: Teaching on “curses” etc. There has been a teaching around in some Christian circles which alleges that even though someone has received the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, they are still bound by so called ties or curses left over either from their previous way of life or (even more bizarrely) from previous generations, and that these need to be broken. Such “generational curses” teaching forms the basis of Derek Princes’ famous yet erroneous book “Blessings and Curses”. The scripture makes it categorically clear that when we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, the moment we are born again, we are new creations. The old has gone, for we have died with Christ and have risen again with him to newness of life. Whatever curses or bondages there may have been before we came to Christ, they are broken the moment that we receive him as our Savior for now we are IN CHRIST (Rom. 8:1).