Category Archives: Freedom from sin

Your Independence Day

Before coming to God through Jesus Christ, we labor under the oppressive government of Satan’s rule (Eph 2:1–2). The longer we are subject to him, the more destructive his power is over us. At some point, we want our independence from that evil force. We can only find freedom and hope through the gospel (John 8:31–32; Matt 5:12). Most people continue under the oppressive influence of Satan until they can clearly see a path to freedom from their sins. Knowing the truth about sin should be incentive enough to seek our independence from it.

I. TRUTH ABOUT SIN

A. Sugar-coated lies (Luke 15:11-24)
B. Wasteful / Harsh (Luke 15:11-18; John 8:33-36)
C. Enslaving / Destroying (Rom 6:23; Isa 59:1-2)
D. Bewitching / Beguiling (Gal 3:1; 5:7)

II. SUFFERING OF SIN

A. Human Distress / Tribulation (Luke 15; Gal 5:19-21; Jas 3:16; Rom 2:9)
B. Divine Wrath / Indignation (Rom 2:6–8)

III. FREEDOM FROM SIN

A. Words of Christ (John 8:31-32; 3:16; Mark 16:16)
B. Sacrifice of Christ (Heb 10:4-12; Matt 28:1-6; 1 Peter 1:1-2)
C. Obedience to Christ (Acts 2:37-38; 8:34-38)

Would you have been a Loyalist or a Patriot in the American Revolution?
Doesn’t matter! What matters now is whether you will allow Jesus Christ to lead you to independence and give you freedom from your sins.
Today could be your Independence Day!

Declaring Dependence on God

The idea of freedom today is that man is free from restrictions to live the way wishes.  Spiritually speaking the same kind of thing can happen; we can be fooled into thinking that our independence (freedom) in Christ means that we are no longer a dependent people.

I.    FREEDOM – FROM SIN

A.    No other freedom compares (John 8:31-36; Eph 1:3).
B.    No other freedom produces such joy (Acts 8:38-39).

II.    FREEDOM – FROM THE OLD LAW

A.    No one could keep it (John 7:19; Acts 7:52-53).
B.    No one could be saved by it (Gal 3:24-25; Rom 3:19-20).

III.    FREEDOM – FROM HOPELESSNESS

A.    A false hope is enslaving.
B.    A true hope is freeing (1 Pet 1:3-8; Rom 6:17-18).

IV.    DECLARE YOUR DEPENDENCE – ON GOD

A.    As the sinless Son of God (John 5:30-35; 6:38; 7:16; 17:4).
B.    As a nation (Prov 14:13).
C.    As a Christian (Jas 1:12-13).
D.    As a family (Psa 127:1).

V.    DECLARE YOUR DEPENDENCE – TO GOD

A.    For counsel that is always true (Psalms 19:7-11).

VI.    DECLARE YOUR DEPENDENCE – ON GOD’S FORGIVENESS

A.    For salvation we can always know (Rom 6:20-23).

If you want to be independent, You must declare your dependence on God, His Son and His Word.