The Power of the Cross

He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.  -Colossians 2:14

This month we celebrate 242 years of freedom from Great Britain. On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed freeing Americans from British rule and taxation.

Over 2,000 years ago Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. It did not require signatures on a scroll but the blood of Jesus. He paid the price for our sinful nature by being nailed to the cross. He willingly paid a debt that we could never repay. His death set us free from sin and bondage. He is our Savior, Redeemer and Deliverer.

What do I mean “ freedom”? I’m referring to the stronghold of sin.

Romans 7:15 states:  I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

Do you ever feel this way? You know what you should do but end up doing the opposite instead.I don’t mean eating the whole bag of chips in one sitting or staying up late on a work night. I’m talking about watching a TV show you probably shouldn’t be watching and think “I’ll ignore the foul language. I know not to say those words anyway.” Or girls night out and tell yourself “One drink won’t hurt.”

Being a Christian does not remove sin and temptation or make the road less bumpy. Our sinful nature is still present trying to find its way out. I’m here to tell you there is a way out and His name is Jesus. This freedom-this free gift God has been given each of us who believe and receive Him.  

November 11, 1995. I will never forget this date as long as I live. To make a long story short- my (now ex-husband) and I were experiencing a difficult patch in our marriage. After several counseling sessions with my pastor, I gave my life to Jesus. The marriage ended in divorce with many more bumps along the way. I put my faith in Him and began trusting in His ways and not my own.

Becoming Christ like didn’t happen overnight. It is a lifelong process and everyday I’m learning. Matthew Henry said, “Let the life that is in you with the new birth work itself out and express itself in all your thoughts and actions and relationships.”

I did not see it at the time but the rough patches and bumpy roads shaped me into the person I am today. I’m a different person inside and out. I have a new perspective on life and I owe it all to Jesus who paid the price for my sinful nature. He has taught me to walk in grace.

Freedom is possible because of what Jesus did on the cross.

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Recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tonya Masoner continues to write for BoP when she is able. She doesn’t ask “Why me Lord?”  She embraces the journey God has set forth for her. The battle has already been won. God has walked before her and now He leads her to victory. Her Breath on Paper bio can be foundhere.

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