"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not submit again to slavery."
Let's break this verse down:
1. "It is for freedom...." There are only two people in this world who have died for you: Jesus and an American soldier. The American soldier died so that you have the right to go to church, Jesus died so that our sin-laden lives have a right to be there.
2. "...that Christ has set us free." Free. Christ wants us to be free from the chains that bond us. If you don't have time to pray or read scriptures, then you are busier than God ever intended you to be!
3. "Stand firm, then" Notice how it doesn't say "I will stand firm for you". The message is directed at each and every one of us. We must take strides to overcome the strongholds in our lives. No, we don't have to do it by ourselves, God is there. But He is telling us that the power has to be within ourselves.
4. "...and do not submit again to slavery." No, not literally 'slavery'. Slavery in this text is anything that holds you captive from loving the Lord. Think about it. What is it that keeps you from Him? Bad company? "Busy" schedule?
Also, be safe out there tonight! Good luck to the Broncos and Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
Not that I'm rooting for either team....but....go Broncos!