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Chains of Debt | One Verse: A journey through the Bible

Romans 8:12-14 MSG “So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!”

Imagine the joy of having your home paid off, or maybe a school loan, or even a car loan. Now imagine going to the bank after it’s paid off and continuing to try to pay the debt even though it doesn’t exist.

Our debt was paid in full through the blood of Christ. Yet many of us still try to continue to pay on this debt even though it does not exist! The enemy of our lives wants us to feel unworthy and indebted.

God sent his Son as a final payment for all sin, for all time. Christ reconciled us to God in spite of who we are. We are worthy because of the the blood of Christ, not because of what we do, are doing, or will do.

As the Romans 8:12-14 notes “God’s Spirit beckons”. If we are living in the Spirit, we understand that God wants us to extend grace to others as grace has been extended to us. That is to say we should not believe the lie that we must work to earn grace.

The enemy wants us paralyzed with fear, holding on to our inequities, believing that we are not good enough or are not doing enough. But as we follow Christ we are to lay down the burden of that debt and accept His grace. The debt is paid. We have new life.

As you assess your debt, consider these questions:

What do you need to lay down at the cross and give to God, so that you can accept His grace and acknowledge that you don’t have to earn my way into his favor?

Why do you hold onto the idea that you must earn grace?

What Scriptural truth can you speak when the enemy casts doubt on my worth and insists that you are not good enough for God?

Break away from the burden of your debt, Christ has paid to free you forevermore. Find new life in Him today. May God bless you and may his face shine upon you.