How Jesus Sets Us Free
In my last post I wrote about addictions and that Jesus can set us free.
How Jesus sets us free is the doctrine of redemption.
Redemption is the purchasing of a slave out of bondage into freedom. Jesus doesn’t pull us out of bondage and leave us there. He moves us further into a place of beautiful freedom that is His alone to give and His alone so that we can live through Him and experience everything He has available for us.
We are in a mind war and some of us have been held captive to strongholds like addiction. The good news is redemption says we don’t have to live as captives any longer. We can be set free from being prisoners of war. Redemption buys us out of that bondage to a place of real freedom.
There are several things we must understand about redemption:
First, it is settled forever. Jesus came to this earth to redeem and just like salvation, sanctification, justification, reconciliation and identification, redemption is settled for every person who puts their faith in Him. It’s a done deal. That is why Jesus said, “It is finished (John 19:30).” The price for your and my redemption was paid that day on Calvary.
Second, redemption is through Jesus blood. Hebrews 9:12 says, “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” Jesus paid the price of our redemption with His own blood. He rescued us from sin and addiction with His own blood. Paul writes in Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
Redemption is ours because it was settled over 2,000 years ago and it came at a costly price—the blood of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ.
So, how do we appropriate this redemption that we have?
- We must put a stake in the ground and realize that we are no longer slaves to the strongholds of sin and addictions, but we are free. Romans 6:6–7
- When sin or strongholds tempt us, we need to reckon our “self” dead to them and alive to Jesus. Romans 6:11
- We can’t let strongholds have control over us because it’s not God’s will for our life. Romans 6:12
- We can’t give strongholds opportunity. We must run and present ourselves to God. Romans 6:13
- We are under God’s redeeming grace and that is infinitely more powerful than anything the enemy has to enslave us. Romans 6:14
- We must know and believe that we have been set free. Romans 6:17–18
I’ve ended several Blog posts in this series with PreScripture Prayers. These are declarations of God’s Truth and weapons for warfare that will help us pull down strongholds. You can pray this prayer as many times as you need so that you can know you are redeemed and free from the strongholds like addiction.
Redemption PreScripture Prayer
Father, thank You for visiting and redeeming Your people (Luke 1:68).
Thank You that Jesus is my Redeemer (1Corinthians 1:30),
And, that Jesus came to set me free from sin, bondage and addictions of all kinds (Luke 4:18).
I know who Jesus sets free is free indeed (John 8:32,36),
And, that it was for freedom’s sake that Jesus set me free (Galatians 5:1).
Thank you Father that Jesus in me is greater than anything in the world (1 John 4:4),
And, that my faith in Jesus gives me the overcoming victory from this world (1 John 5:4).
Thank you Father that I have the victory through Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Father, right now, I repent of a sinful, addictive lifestyle (John 8:11).
Because it is clearly Your will, I renounce the strongholds of addiction and bondage to sin.
I receive Your cleansing and forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
I believe that by Jesus’ blood I have redemption and forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7).
I believe that Jesus’ blood is both precious and powerful and that it was shed for me and my freedom (1 Peter1:18-20).
I believe Jesus has redeemed me from every lawless deed and purified me for Himself and that I am special in His sight (Titus 2:14).
I’ve been redeemed and I know and believe that I’m no longer a slave of sin (Romans 6:6)
I know and believe I’ve been freed from sin (Romans 6:7).
I know and believe I’m dead to sin (Romans 6:11).
I refuse to let sin reign in me (Romans 6:12).
I refuse to present myself to sin and unrighteousness (Romans 6:13).
I will present myself to God for righteousness (Romans 6:13)
Because of what I know and believe about redemption, sin has no dominion over me (Romans 6:14).
I’ve been redeemed, delivered, set free and am now a slave of righteousness (Romans 6:17-18).
I believe that my redemption has been settled for all eternity (Hebrews 9:12).
Thank You God for redeeming me through Jesus Christ (Romans 3:24).
Redemption is my song from this day forward and forever more (Revelation 5:9).