It's Freedom From Sin Not To Sin


As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God. The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.  — Acts 13:42-44

How about this. People were begging Paul to preach. And why? Well, because for the first time, they heard the Gospel of freedom by grace. And they were so excited about it, they wanted their friends to hear about it.

Imagine hearing your whole life about Old Testament Law and feeling weighted down by the oral and written traditions needed for obedience to God. One that is entirely performance-based. A law and its legal requirements that only condemn. Remember, the point of the Law was to make us conscious of sin, so that's what the Law did — it condemned. Paul says this years later in his letter to the Romans. In Roman 3:20, he says,

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. — Roman 3:20

And then one sabbath day, you are at the synagogue, and you hear a clarifying interpretation of the Law in light of the Old Testament Messianic promises realized in Jesus. And you hear this from a man educated in the Law who had also seen Christ pre-death and post-resurrection who is telling you the story that some did not want to be told. The story of an Old Testament Law, not abolished, but made complete in Jesus. A message of good news and freedom from the Law and its hundreds of laborious demands. And guess who was excited. Everyone is excited. Especially Gentiles because they are pumped they don't have to be circumcised to become a believer. And I am half-joking about that, but it does prove the point. The Jewish Law had all these rules, written and oral, that were required to regulate obedience. And Jesus Christ loosens the shackles on what Jewish legalism had made imprisoning and impossible.

Gentlemen, this is the gospel the world needs to know. One of freedom from sin. Not freedom to sin. Freedom from sin, by faith in Jesus, followed with obedience to him.

Performance-based systems beat down people around us all day, just like this one Paul is talking about here. Everything in this life is performance-based. Our work environment. Sometimes our families. And sometimes even our churches. But Jesus's system is not. His system is one of grace redeeming broken and sinful people because he knows we can't live righteous lives. So he lived a perfectly righteous life for us. And then died a sinner's death to reconcile the gap between our sin and a Great God. And guess what, this is the good news. You have the means to be a child of God. Not by performance-based obedience but by grace and through faith in the resurrection of Jesus.

If you are ready to begin a relationship with God today, you can do that right now. By giving God all the good and bad parts of your life, surrendering to Him as your Savior and Lord, and walking daily in obedience by his grace.

If you need guidance as you make this decision, let me know, and I will pray with you.

ASK THIS: What do you need to surrender to God today? (Share it in the comments below)

DO THIS: Leave it with God, and accept Jesus's grace.

PRAY THIS: God, I need your grace today. I give you all my sin. Forgive me and make me new.

PLAY THIS: I Surrender.


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It's Freedom From Sin Not To Sin

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16 thoughts on “It’s Freedom From Sin Not To Sin

  1. Peter says:

    I am surrendering my job and career path to God. I trust in you Lord to provide and show me the direction you want me to go.

  2. Chris Caliguire says:

    I need help in thinking of I’m good for a couple days, God loves me more. When in reality I’m bad every day even when I don’t catch myself. I believe Jesus died on the cross, resurrection, witnesses. I just constantly need help wrapping my mind around why he did that

  3. Cory B says:

    Repetitive lustful desires have been hitting me more recently. The more I have given in, the easier it has been to excuse it. I pray for more strength and less temptation.

  4. Brian says:

    Amen!! I’ve struggled with some doubt issues since losing my 9-year old daughter unexpectedly in November 2018. She believed in Jesus, although we never had her baptized. It hurts badly to know that some Christians think she would be sent to hell for not performing certain works (such as being baptized). This message really hit home for me. Thank you Vince! I needed this today!

    • Trent says:

      So sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the feel. I hope I am not to forward in replying, but may I say….. Study the thief on the cross and really let Luke 23:43 soak in. Meditate on the whole situation of what is happening. What “certain works” were not performed there. Listen for what the still small voice of the Holy Spirit tells you about the situation. I pray you feel His comforting love and presence.

  5. Mrby says:

    Amen. This is the Good News. For a lifetime here on Earth. Thank goodness and thank you for the reminder this morning. Lead on Lord.

  6. Kevin Allex says:

    Repetitive sin. I know it’s wrong, yet I still give in to the temptation to sin.
    God please take away the temptation and desire of this repetitive sin, please replace it with a passion to spend more time with You and in Your Word. In Jesus powerful name. Amen!

    • Trent says:

      Romans 7:15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

      It is a struggle as old as time. Keep at. Never give up. You will get there. Praying….

  7. Allan says:

    I need to fully surrender control. It’s my biggest and deepest idol. Presented through fear. Fear of failure, inadequacy, loss, humiliation, loneliness. The list goes on. My marriage is in the process of ending because of it. I have no control and that’s okay because I know He controls all.

  8. Ben says:

    So how/what do you say to God to begin this new relationship with him.
    I also want to thank you for these daily devotional I start watching them about three months ago when a real rough patch in my life started and they have truly helped and is how I start my days.

    • Trent says:

      Just in case Vince misses this, I want to leave this with you. However, be sure to check back to see his reply as well.

      “Dear Lord,

      I admit that I am a sinner and have done many things that don’t please you. I have lived my life for myself only. I am sorry, and I repent. I ask you to forgive me.

      I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life; I give it to you. From this day forward, help me to live every day for you and in a way that pleases you.

      I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you. Amen.”

      It is not so much magical words as a changing of the “heart”. Study Romans 3:10-12 and 23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9-10 and 13. Speak to God as if He was standing in front of you and tell Him the quoted text above, as it is or in your own words. Then continue to seek Him everyday. To talk with Him everyday. To live for Him as best you can. SEEK and you will find. It appears to me you are seeking. Good for you. Never stop. Life long process. God bless your efforts.

  9. Jason says:

    Fully surrendering to the Lord. The more I try to hold on to things of this world and not trust Him for everything the more unsettled I feel. Lord, please guide me and place me where You want me to be. Thank you my King! Help me! In Jesus name I pray! Amen

  10. rick says:

    God, I surrender to you ALL my sins, my deep dark sins that only You know, please forgive me and set me free.

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