Gal. 5:1 So Christ has really set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
Christ has really set us free. It is not wishful thinking; it is a declaration from heaven. All who believe in Jesus and embrace Him as their Savior are forgiven and their sins are forgotten. We no longer are victims of our sins; we are victors. We no longer are a people without hope. We no longer are compelled by our nature to sin against God. He has radically changed us, the way we think and our standing before God. There is no leftover sin in the heart of those forgiven by God. When Jesus purifies the heart, nothing is left behind to haunt us.
Now that we are made free in Christ, we must make sure that we stay free. Sin blinds the soul and robs us of our fellowship with God. Sin left unchecked is like cancer to the soul. It keeps on growing infecting more and more of our soul until we are consumed by it and die. We have a responsibility for the health of our souls. We must take a powerful stand against sin, guarding our souls against it. We must not allow sin to gain the upper hand over us. We must deal with it as it comes into our hearts. We must not neglect our need for repentance. We must resist Satan’s efforts to put us into situations whereby we will be tempted to sin. We must not tempt God by putting ourselves in tempting situations.
We are saved and kept by grace alone. Don’t let Satan enslave you again by thinking you can do what only Christ can do, keep you connected to God. Our salvation is rooted in Christ alone. Only His righteousness and holiness will get us into heaven. The more effort you put into trying to keep yourself saved, the more frustrated you will be. Trust in Christ and His atoning work on the cross alone and you will indeed be free.