Sunday, October 04, 2015

Their Chains Fall Off

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
—Galatians 5:1
In anguish to the Lord I cried;
the Lord then set me free.
My God is with me; I'll not fear.
What can mortals do to me?
—Psalm 118:5
Suggested tune (Azmon):
He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me. They came upon me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay. He brought me out into a broad place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
—2 Samuel 22:18-20
In regeneration, the will is cured of its utter inability to will what is good. While the opening of the prison to them that are bound is proclaimed in the gospel, the Spirit of God comes and opens the prison door, goes to the prisoners, and, by the power of his grace, makes their chains fall off; breaks the bonds of iniquity wherewith they were held in sin so as they could neither will nor do anything truly good; brings them forth into a broad place, enabling them both to will and to work for his good pleasure [Philip. 2:13]. Then it is that the soul, that was fixed to tho earth, can move heavenward; the withered hand is restored, and can be stretched out.
—Thomas Boston
Praise to you, O God of my salvation, for you have come to my help and set me free. May your strength be my shield and your word my lamp, that I may serve you in purity of heart and find victory through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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