How many of you have been in prison?

. . . I’m talking the real thing. One with iron bars, small room, and a thin mattress.
Well how about this, how many of you have been in prison just for a short time, even if a few moments like on a tour or something of that nature? I must admit I’ve been behind bars a few times on sight-seeing tours and as a child on a school trip. If you’ve ever been in prison for even just a few minutes it’s a strange feeling, hearing those doors shut, being locked in that small room.

Now let’s take this whole idea of prison to another level. Let me ask you this, have you ever been in the “prison of your past”? I believe there are many of us who have been there and some who are still there. We are allowing yesterday to keep us locked up in bondage, fear and inaction. We cannot seem to let go of the past or forgive ourselves of past mistakes. Man do I know a lot of people like that.

Here’s the good news, Jesus came to open the prison doors of the past and we can walk out as free men/women. Paul said in Galatians 5:1, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free, therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery”. Why not start your week off reminding yourself that you are free. It doesn’t matter if it’s a failed marriage, mistake at work, messing up a relationship or saying no to God when He called on you to follow Him, as you confess and turn from your sin you are free.

Tell your mind and heart that as you asked for forgiveness the Father granted it, not based on your actions but upon what Christ did for you on the cross. Realize today that He has opened the prison doors and you are free.

While it’s never easy to get over yesterday, remember that His strength, love and forgetfulness will allow you to simply learn from yesterday and live in freedom today.

Please pray for Cassidy Richardson as she’s back in the hospital today for treatment and multiple tests. Pray for good reports and for her heart to stay strong as they put her through these battery of tests.

I know you will join those of us in the second service yesterday in rejoicing with Savannah Herndon as she stepped out and gave her life to Christ. As a young lady in her early 20’s admitting she needed Christ and stepping out to say yes to Him was a real step of surrender.
Stay safe and enjoy the snow. Thank the Lord it came on Monday and not Sunday!!!

Pastor Carl