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Ephesians 3:12 ” In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

It’s only by our belief and trust in Jesus Christ that we have access to God the Father.  For the chasm between us and God is too deep…the sin-created abyss too wide for us by ourselves to reach Him.  But Jesus came to save us from our sins, and remove the guilt and shame by His blood.  So now we can stand and pray with confidence before our Heavenly Father…knowing He hears us.

Matthew 8:20 “Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.’ “

Jesus was implying that He was a sojourner here on earth.  A stranger in a strange place only temporarily.  That’s what it means to be in the world but not of it. (John 17:14)  And as Believers, we too are sojourners in this foreign land…aliens and strangers just passing through…as we head to our heavenly home.

Leviticus 26:13 ” I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.”

God is reminding the Jewish people of how He had miraculously broken off the oppressive state they had endured by the Egyptians.   How He had lifted the heavy yoke from their neck of subjugation, submission, and servitude…which then empowered them to stand in an upright posture, with heads held high.  God had broken off the yoke of slavery and set the Jewish people free.   And just as God liberated them…Jesus has come to free us from the bondage of sin.  For it tells us in Galatians 5:1, ” 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 Jesus comes into our lives,  the bonds of sin are broken…the yoke of guilt and shame are lifted…and we too are then able to walk free with our heads held high.

I Peter 2:1 ” Therefore rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”

Growing in our salvation is a process…a conscious, everyday struggle of putting off our old self to be made new in the attitude of our minds. (Ephesians 4:22)  This verse should convict and challenge us all to look at our conduct, actions, and manner…and free ourselves from the chains of all the negativity.  For it tells us later in this chapter,  “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” (Vs 16)  Letting loose of negative emotions will unchain you from the past while freeing you for the future.