May 16 Unshackled


1 Samuel 18:5-19:24;  John 8:31-59;  Psalm 112:1-10;  Proverbs 15:12-14

I’ve never been handcuffed, nor have I been shackled–hands and feet bound by chains, weighing me down, preventing my escape.  I’ve never been a slave, owned by another, existing only to do my owner’s bidding.


I have been a slave to sin.  I’ve felt the weight of guilt and shame wrapped around my body–dragging me down–depressing my heart and mind.

Shackled by sin, my life wasn’t moving forward very well.  I was stuck.  I could do nothing on my own to free myself.  You see, I didn’t have the key–the key to unlock my chains and set myself free.


I did meet someone who held the key to my freedom.  I met Jesus.  He came to me in His Word and told me, “If I confess my sins, he is faithful and just to forgive me my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

He told me if I held onto his teaching I would be his disciple. I would “know the truth and the truth would set me free.”  John 8:32

He told me, “If anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”  John 8:51

By God’s grace, I believed Him–I was forgiven, and the chains fell off!

Lord God, you have set many people free from lives shackled with sin.  Thank you for setting us free through your Son Jesus Christ, for giving us a new lease on life–a life that will never end.

Grant us grace each day to live this life of freedom serving you, by bringing others the good news that they too can become unshackled.  For freedom from sin, death and the grave, we give you thanks and praise.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!

“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands.”   Psalm 112:1





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