Today’s Truth

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery

(Galatians 5:1 NIV).

Friend to Friend

Slavery is one of the prevailing metaphors and predominant themes in the Bible. Joseph was sold into slavery, the Israelites were forced into slavery, and God set His people free from slavery.

Most likely you can’t relate to being a slave, but you probably can relate to the idea of being in bondage in some area of your life.

A controlling parent
An addictive behavior
An out of control emotion
A fear of the future
A shameful past
A need for a man
A lustful eye
A desire for approval
An obsession with a goal
A co-dependent relationship
A guilty conscience

Each of these conditions can cause you to be tied up in knots and held captive to the point that you’re stuck in a prison of your own making, never realizing that the door has been swung wide open for your release.

Rebekah and Brian had been married for twelve years. During that time he had several affairs. Sometime during his third bout of unfaithfulness, Brian decided he wanted a divorce. Rebekah was left with two wonderful children, a broken heart, and an urgent need to fill the void in her life with another man.

She hooked up with the first man that showed her any attention, and in short order, he moved into her home. Family, friends, and co-workers warned Rebekah that she was making a bad decision. She claimed to be a Christian, but turned a blind eye to God’s commands about sex outside of marriage.

Over the past five years, her life has been a roller coaster of disappointment with the current man, disillusionment of her children, and distancing from her family. And while she has tried to break free of the unhealthy and ungodly relationship, she keeps taking him back time and time again. You cannot continue to do something that you know is wrong and expect to have an outcome that is right.

Rebekah is a slave to her loneliness and misguided thinking that she needs a man to fix it. I dare say that loneliness is one of the key reasons for poor decisions among many women today…and the devil takes advantage of the void with enticing lies of great proportion.

Every believer has been given the power to break free and to live free, but God’s not going to force anyone. There is always a choice.

If you feel that you need someone to help you break free from an addictive behavior or habit pattern, find someone to help you! Do whatever it takes, but don’t try to do it on your own strength or with your own power. God has given you the power of the Holy Spirit to help you get through it and be finished with it. Get a prayer partner, an accountability partner, a Christian counselor, or a support group. God created us to live in community and need the support of other people.

That’s one reason Girlfriends in God exists. We are here to lock arms with you, and stand with you to do the hard thing…to do the best thing.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, thank You for setting me free. Forgive me for slipping those shackles on my wrists and getting myself in terrible situations by making bad choices. Help me to live free and not get tangled up in situations that will put me back into the bondage from which You gave Your life to set me free.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Is there any area of your life where you are not free in Christ?

Go back and look at the short list above.

If you need prayer, click over to my Facebook page and leave a request. You don’t have to share all the details, just as much or as little as you’d like. Then pray for the sister’s name above yours. We’re in this together!

More from the Girlfriends

Have you noticed that sometimes life doesn’t turn out like you thought it would? Can you risk the hope that God still has dreams for you? That He hasn’t forgotten you? Place your hand firmly in His, take a deep breath, and begin the journey to a place you thought you’d never find: the dreams God planned for you all along. Discover that place in 5 Dreams of Every Woman…and How God Wants to Fulfill Them.

10 Responses to “Living Free”

  1. adaykis says:

    I need prayer to walk in freedom in my sexuality and to be strengthened and empowered by his grace to make the decision to leave a relationship i am in. Like this sweet sister in this story. Exactly where i am. I already know it was a wrong choice and have asked gods forgiveness and i have a prayer warrior and intercesor covering all this..the hardest thing is to call it quits for so many reasons but i so long to walk in freedom and for God. Please,pray.

  2. Shakirah says:

    This was a powerful devotion and a confirmation of the freedom Christ has reminded me that I received when accepting Him as Lord and Savior.

    One small note:I know that Girlfriends in God is written to women we should even still, can we please be cautious of the gender biases made. Your line, ” I dare say that loneliness is one of the key reasons for poor decisions among many women today…” suggests that only women make poor decisions stemming from loneliness. I would say this is true of anyone struggling with brokenness, men and women alike.

    Again, I know the audience is to women but things like that perpetuate the lie that women are the only ones vulnerable to being driven by human emotion.

    Just something to think about.

    Thank you for all you do!

  3. Clenette says:

    I am living in bondage and crying out to be free. Please pray for me that as I go through this journey I am able to be the head and not the tail. I know that I am more than a conqueror thru Christ who strengthens me, but I know I cannot tackle this issue alone. Please pray with me for my deliverance for I desire to live for the Lord!

  4. Patrise says:

    Wow today’s lesson living free was an eye opener for me. This story reminds me a lot of myself and my current situation of how Rebekah had been on a roller coaster ride for the past 5 years and the disappointment of her current relationship with the man that she was involved with. I am experiencing the same thing with my family and my kids as well. No matter what I do or try my life just seemed to be falling right before me, and it’s nothing I can do about it that’s how I feel anyway. Learning to break free from that bondage has been hard for me. So I pray today that the Lord set the right people in my life to help me free myself of this bondage. Please pray for me.

  5. Rose says:

    i realize men get lonely and have problems but women need women because sometimes men do not get it! This site blesses us when we realize we are a sisterhood in Christ. I praise God for leaders who minister to us.

  6. Melissa says:

    Prayers for every woman who is believing God for deliverance. The Lord is truly faithful to deliver you from bondage in EVERY area of your life. I’ve been there and I can truly say that if you truly desire to be free, He will give you the strength to walk away from any situation that is keeping you from growing in Him and moving forward. Obedience is better than sacrifice. It may feel painful in the beginning to cut ties from bad, toxic relationships, but the Lord honors your obedience. He will grant you peace like never before and is ready to mend every area of brokenness in your lives. Please walk away from any situation that is driving you further from a closer relationship with Christ. It’s not worth your soul or your peace of mind. The Lord has a wonderful purpose and plan for your life. Trust that His way works. Blessings!

  7. Jessica says:

    Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive me for placing the shackles back on myself. You have set me free. I just need to take that leap of faith. Thank you Lord for Your everlasting Love, Patience, Grace, and Forgiveness. In Your Name we pray, Amen.

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