Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Freedom From the Chains that Bind us

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.  For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.  –Psalm 96:1-4

I was watching a program once about all of the different religions of the country of India, and I was intrigued with what I saw about the religion of Hinduism.  This religion has countless gods and goddesses, all of whom must be appeased in different ways.  How would a person know which one to worship?  How would anyone know how to appease all of the different deities?  There is no way to honestly please all of them simply because there are so many.  As a follower of Jesus Christ, my prayer for the devotees of Hinduism is that would turn away from these idols and worship the One True God who has come into the world in Jesus Christ.  Then and only then can they be released and set free. 

What should be our attitudes toward those who follow other religions?  We would follow Jesus’  example and reach out to them in love, compassion, and grace.  What a blessing to demonstrate to those who have never trusted in Christ, whether they are Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, or atheists, that Jesus Christ is the true way.  God has not placed an impossible burden upon us, but rather He has come that we might place our burdens upon the Lord Jesus, as He has called us to do (Matthew 11:28-30).  In Jesus there is freedom from the burden of sin; in Jesus there is hope.

My prayer for anyone reading this today is that you also would be released from the chains that bind you.  They may be the chains of legalism from a false religion, or they may have come from addiction, or you may be battling depression or sorrow.  No matter that the problem there is deliverance to be found in Jesus Christ. 

The troubled soul can find peace and joy through Jesus Christ.  Do not give up and do not surrender.  Life is worth living and Christ specializes in giving new life when all appears hopeless. Look to Him today and find new life.   

Jesus will set you free.

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