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There is Freedom in the Pit

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17

While I have known many seasons of freedom in my life as a Christian, I have also known seasons of darkness. There have been times when I thought I was finally free from a stronghold, only to find myself teetering on the edge of a pit again. During those times I would stay in a state of confusion wondering how it could be that I still struggled with the same old strongholds, even though I was a Christian. I believed a lie that once you were saved in Christ, your “walk” would be free of sin. Because I believed this lie, I constantly beat myself up every time I struggled with sin and took on a shame-based identity. I would look around at other Christians, compare my life to theirs and wonder what was wrong with me. The enemy of my soul would whisper lies like, “you cannot possibly be a child of God…if you were, then you would not be in this pit again.”

As I began writing this series of devotionals and seeking Gods word on freedom from sin, God opened my eyes to this truth: Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17). If the spirit of the Lord resides within us, then no matter where we are, there is freedom because He is with us - even in the midst of any pit in which we may wallow.

Think back to the story in Joshua 2 where Rahab, the prostitute, heard about the God of Israel and risked her life by hiding two spies in her brothel. Talk about God’s deliverance in the middle of a pit! God delivered the spies from their enemy within a brothel house. Not only did He deliver the two spies, but He saved Rahab while still living the life of a prostitute. What does that say to us? In the midst of our pits and strongholds, God can deliver us, too! I don’t know about you, but that is encouraging news.

Lord God, we thank You today that You are the God that delivers us from every stronghold in our lives. Continue to open the eyes of our understanding so that we may know the truth and be set free from anything that hinders us from walking in freedom. Amen!  

Carrie Wright

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