The Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ. – Galatians 3:22

Taking our lives back begins with accepting the reality that we can’t take our lives back. Not on our own. In other words, we must accept the reality that we don’t have what it takes to undo the mess our lives have become. As Paul puts it, we are prisoners of sin—our own and the sin of others. We have no ability on our own to break free.

Think of all the times you’ve tried to change—and failed. All the times you’ve made some progress, only to find yourself back at square one. We are truly powerless to make any real change in our lives. Powerless, but not helpless—because we do have help. In fact, we have a Savior.

Jesus Christ died on the cross to set us free from the destructive consequences of sin that hold us captive. But that freedom is dependent on our believing in Jesus and accepting what he has done for us. Before we can take our lives back, we must give them over to the one who came to set us free.

Ask Yourself
In what areas of your life are you still a prisoner to old behaviors?

What would it take for you to surrender those parts of your life to the Savior?

Ask God
Jesus, thank you for setting me free by your work on the cross. Keep me amazed at the reality that you, the Creator of the universe, would be willing to die for me. Help me to continue to surrender to you those broken areas of my life.

Taken from Take Your Life Back Day by Day copyright © 2016 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.