BE A FREE MAN
Have you ever watched a fly caught in a spider’s web! It buzzes and thrusts about with great energy. It has only one ambition—to be free. If you do not know the circumstances you would admire the little insect for its strength and determination, but you know that this activity is only an expression of desperation. It seems the harder it tries to be free the more entangled it becomes. At last, when its strength is spent, the spider weaves his way back across the torn web and with one sting paralyzes the fly. The fly then becomes a reserve source of fresh food for the spider’s next banquet.
Freedom is a great universal law. Men have risked and lost their lives in search for freedom. The greatest punishment you can place upon a man is to take away his freedom.
Are you free? Do you walk in this world at peace with God and men? Satan would like to snare you in his trap. He has a fine, sometimes almost invisible web of sin that spans the world. The Bible says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour,” I Peter 5:8.
You do not need to be his victim. You may even now feel the web of sin around you. Sin sometimes seems small and harmless but soon you realize you are trapped. You are no longer free, but in bondage to the evil one. Jesus Christ has come to make you free.
The Bible tells us of a man who was trapped by many sins. Evil spirits made their home in him. He was not free to do as he pleased for he was possessed by demons. These demons made a wild man out of him. “…no man could bind him, no, not with chains: …neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones,” Mark 5:3-5.
Men were afraid of him. His body was free to run the mountains and valleys but his spirit was driven and tormented in sin’s prison. He had been caught in sin’s web. His struggle had not brought him freedom. He was worn with his struggle when Satan paralyzed him and claimed him for his own. He became a living feast for demons.
One day Jesus Christ came to his country. This man ran out to Him and worshipped Him. The evil spirits in him cried out for Jesus to leave them alone. Instead, Jesus cast them out of him. (See Mark 5:1-15.) The last picture we see of this man was of him “…sitting, and clothed and in his right mind.” Jesus had set him free!
It is God’s will that you should be free from sin. Jesus has the power to make you free. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” Luke 4:18.
Call upon Jesus, confessing your sins. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” I John 1:8, 9.
Jesus said to those Jews which believed on him, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed,” John 8:31, 32, 36.
Freedom is for you. Be a free man!
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