How To Be Free From Sin



People everywhere want to know how to be free from sin. They are discovering that the old addiction and recovery method is not the answer, for it lacks the power of transformation, and leaves one in "recovery" for the rest of their lives. Yes, the solution is death and resurrection, not addiction and recovery. This article shows us how to be free from sin. Let's look at it together:

Mark 8:31-35 contains specific instructions that, if anyone will follow, they will be free. Let’s look at the passage together:

“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.” Mark 8:31 (NIV) 

“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” Mark 8:34-35 (NIV)

A leader is not one who points his followers somewhere and says, “go do that,” instead, a leader is one who goes and does something and then makes a case for others to follow.

Like the prophets of old, Jesus’ message was about His upcoming suffering, His rejection, and His death. This message is the central message of Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:1-6), and it is the message of freedom, love, and power, a shocking, life-changing message to all who believe. 

When Jesus spoke about His upcoming rejection, suffering, and death in Mark 8, those listening did not fully understand, but we now know:

  • Jesus suffered by taking on all our sins. He suffered to pardon and forgive us, to purchase us out of sin’s grip and to remove us from the devil’s kingdom.

  • Jesus was rejected at the hands of sinful men, that our Holy God might accept us. Heaven was temporarily closed to Jesus that we might live there forever.

  • Jesus died on the cross, not only to make us right with God and save us from God’s righteous anger at sin but also to break sin’s power in our lives and set us free.

Jesus goes on to rock the world of the disciples even more. Having taught them that He was going to go to the cross, He says three specific things:

“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” Mark 8:34-35 (NIV) 

Crucified with Christ

First, Jesus’ disciple says "no" to self. "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves..." The word "deny" here is to disown or renounce. We are to disown our selves that were in bondage to sin and renounce all involvement with sin. We must lose all identity with sin, and state clearly to all, "That's not me!"  We do this by looking to the terrible, wonderful cross, where Jesus renounced His rights to heaven and died in our place. Seeing Jesus' love for us displayed on the cross, empowers us to renounce our former sinful way of life and follow Him!  

This same word, to “deny” or renounce is the exact same word used when Peter denied Jesus three times in a row (Luke 22:56-60). And so, we understand that we are either denying our own selves or denying Jesus. 

Second, Jesus’ disciple says “yes” to sacrifice. “...and take up their cross...” When we look intently at Jesus bearing His cross, suffering for our wrongs, being beaten and crushed, scourged, and crucified, it affects us deeply. When we know that it was for our sins, and out of love for us that Jesus endured the cross, we gladly grab our cross and carry it. This means that yes, we are now willing to die with Jesus. Can you say it that plainly? Are you ready to die with Jesus? 

Stated another way, are you willing to die to sin? If you look at the cross long enough, you will be! Your heart will be so cut and torn, so healed and made whole that you will gladly, and with passion, lie down on the cross with Jesus and die! You will die to lust in all its forms, to overeating and laziness, to drugs and alcohol, to your pride and arrogance, to self-centered living and demanding your “rights.”

The Christian does not “recover,” He dies and then rises again. Not recovery, but resurrection.

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4). 

Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him” (2 Timothy 2:11). 

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3).

Third, Jesus’ disciple says “wherever” to service. “...and follow me.” 

Following Jesus

Jesus was speaking here about following Him to the cross, dying there with Him to our entire past life, and rising with Him from the grave in new life. This is the way to be free! 

And when you are free from sinful bondage, through dying and rising again with Jesus, you have all kinds of freedom. Freedom to think entirely different thoughts, freedom from the previous time requirement spent on idols, freedom to develop thoughts of ministry, and freedom actually to minister. Wherever Jesus calls you to go, you are ready to go and serve. You are free, free, indeed!

“Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work” (2 Timothy 2:21). 

Free Indeed

Testimonies

Carol writes:  “The principles taught in the Setting Captives Free Weight Loss course are greatly beneficial to my growth as a Christian, and I am desiring Jesus more than ever before and wanting to be changed into His likeness to glorify God now!  Praise Jesus!

I need Jesus daily to help me feast on His Bread that nourishes my soul with everlasting nourishment. Reading the Scriptures daily, I am led by the Holy Spirit to look at Jesus on the cross, dying in my stead, crucified in His sinless flesh for my sins. No longer am I under condemnation for any sins but am now seen as holy and righteous before God the Father as He sees Jesus now in me as I belong to Jesus!  Jesus paid my penalty to set me free from the bondage to my flesh. I am learning through feeding on Jesus to join in His suffering as I deny my flesh and its lusts for food (or anything of this world) to find joy in suffering with Jesus as I await true hunger pangs to eat. When I wait til hungry to eat, I can enjoy whatever God provides for me, giving Him thanks and praise and all of the glory!

I am being changed by the power of the Holy Spirit living in me to see the price that Jesus paid to purchase me for His own and how greatly He loves me, desiring me to be with Him for eternity!  He is preparing me for our wedding feast, and I am finding more hope and peace in Jesus, more rest for my weary soul and strength in Christ to overcome the temptations of my flesh and seeing more and more victories each day!

Food is not consuming my every thought as it used to do, and now Jesus is who I desire to feast upon, learn from, and draw nearer to each day!  I awaken with great joy to read the Word of God and to delight in His everlasting feast prepared for me. As I read each Scripture, I see everything is pointing to Jesus, to the cross, and I am humbled and led to repentance at times by the Holy Spirit.  I am being changed each day as I see my sins crucified with Jesus on the cross and want to please God now, to live to God and no longer as I used to be when I lived to my flesh!

Spiritually, I see a significant change in myself and am finding that food is no longer consuming or controlling my thoughts.  Now, I wait for actual hunger pangs and eat whatever God leads me to eat, which is helpful to me as I am diabetic and overweight.  I thoroughly enjoy what I eat and know that all things are permissible for me to eat, but not all things are helpful to me. The Holy Spirit of God is leading me, and my desire is to please God in all I do.  I am feeding on God's Word daily and looking to Jesus, seeing the cross and feeling the impact of what He did on the cross deeply in my heart, and my love for Jesus has grown tremendously throughout this course.

I find that I awaken and am joyful to get to the lesson of the day, to read the Scriptures, and truly absorb what Jesus did on the cross because of His love for me and the world!  Jesus bore my sins, every one of them in His own sinless body, and was crucified along with every single sin to set me free now from the bondage to my flesh. Jesus has given me a new life to live to God, who now sees me as holy and righteous because He sees Jesus in me!  I am no longer under condemnation for my sins; I can never be accused again or tried for any sin because Jesus Christ bore my sins and suffered greatly in my stead. I now belong to Jesus, and have a new life, set free from sin's bondage and with hope for eternal life to come!

I am humbled by how greatly Jesus loves me and how He gave Himself on the cross for me to have this new life now!  I am overwhelmed with love for Jesus. I am learning to be joyful in my suffering as I deny my flesh daily, waiting for hunger pangs to eat and looking to Jesus for strength to overcome the cravings of my flesh when they occur. I am learning to be victorious over my fleshly lusts and rejoicing in Jesus who loves me so!

I also have lost weight by walking in the Spirit, Who leads me to look to Jesus and to feast on Him instead of feeding those cravings of my flesh as I used to do!  I am being changed day by day into the likeness of Christ and not desiring to please my flesh when it lusts for something as I once did. I don't want to go back to being a slave of my sinful flesh with food or anything else as I learned that these are temporary pleasures and are not going to give me more than momentary satisfaction.  I now know that even if I do fall to a temptation of the flesh, Jesus is there to pick me up; He loves me unconditionally! I want to please God now and not to indulge my flesh as I used to do! Jesus is more than enough for me! He provides strength, rest for my soul, everlasting nourishment, and comfort like no one or nothing else. He supplies my every need, and I am delighting in His Bread daily and feeling fulfilled as never before!  This spiritual journey has been incredible and will continue for the rest of my life on this earth until Jesus comes again to bring me home for eternity!

I have lost about 16 lbs during this course!  Thanks be to God! It is to His glory! I feel more energetic and am seeking greater change within me to turn from any hidden sins as revealed by the Holy Spirit that I may be an example for others.  I want others to see His light in me and desire to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection and to receive the gift of salvation and freedom from sin's bondage as we have been blessed by God's grace to receive!

Oh, we have hope for eternal life to come and I am praising Jesus daily and will seek more knowledge of God's truths each day as I continue to read the Word of God and look to the cross and Jesus and let His truths be embedded deeper into my heart and soul for eternity!  Praise God!

I also pray to be used as God so desires according to His perfect will for me and to please Him in what I say and do, not to be a hearer of the word only but a doer to the glory of God!  Thank You for this course and for sharing God's Word, His truth with me, and all who are blessed to journey through these lessons towards Jesus, who loves us so very much! Praise Jesus!

To anyone contemplating taking this course, I would say that it is highly beneficial to not only weight loss guidance but also to spiritual growth. Jesus Christ loves us and died for us to be set free from the bondage to our flesh, with food or any other so-called promised pleasures of the world.  Food for our physical body is a temporary satisfaction. Jesus is eternal satisfaction for our very souls! This course helps you grow closer to Jesus, and as a result of reading the Scriptures, we have weight loss and with great joy! Praise Jesus! Thank You, Lord, for this course and for drawing me closer to You, who loves me as I am. You are working in me to change me more and more into the likeness of Jesus!  This course is life-changing!”

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Douglas writes, "Through doing the Purity Boot Camp course, I have come closer to the suffering Christ and come to understand what He went through to set me free from my sins. I have developed a habit of kneeling before the cross daily and being washed by the blood that Jesus shed for me.

I am living in the Spirit daily and find myself turning to Him often during my day asking for direction when I am not sure of what to do. Through doing this course, I have overcome temptations toward sexual immorality, something that I could never do before. It is great to know that Jesus has given me the power to say no to sin and yes to walking in the Spirit.

Doing this course has been a life-changing experience for me. The purity Bootcamp course was exactly what I needed. I have gone to the cross daily, I walk with the Spirit and am so excited about the relationship with Him that is growing daily.

On the occasions that I have been tempted in the past month, I have turned to Jesus on the cross and have overcome the temptation. I am so excited to continue on this journey. Thank you for this wonderful course that has set me free and changed my life.

I recommend the course because it is life-changing. I have recommended it to five other people who have started the course."

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