Set Free

Posted on April 15, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Freedom Fighters

“In my anguish, I cried to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free.” — Psalm 118:5

I am actually writing this Freedom Fighter blog entry the Wednesday before Palm Sunday. We are preparing for the Keswick Celebration Choir concert and I have been privileged to work with an amazing choir of men and women, which includes men and women from our addiction recovery ministries, the Colony of Mercy and Barbara’s Place.

Several years ago we did a musical and one of the songs, “O The Wonder” really ministered to me:

Your sacrifice, oh, the wonder, oh, the price You paid for me.
The blood You shed bought my redemption, broke the chains and set me free!!!

(Words and music by Elicia Brown – 2015 Broadman Press SESAC)

The morning of our rehearsal, I read Psalm 118:5 and the words of the verse leaped off the page and flooded my heart with praise. So coming to rehearsal and singing the above words moved me to tears.

We all have our stories. If we are all honest, we have lived in bondage to something – some besetting sin or something that has held us back from being the men and women God wants us to be:

  • Worry
  • Guilt
  • Fear
  • Pride
  • Lust
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Gambling
  • Pornography
  • Food
  • Cheating
  • Lying
  • Gossip
  • Stealing
  • Anger
  • Covetousness
  • Jealousy
  • Manipulation
  • Arrogance
  • Laziness
  • Failure

Maybe your particular bondage is not listed above, so insert yours. I am sure, like me, you have found yourself bound and chained to the point of wanting to give up, forget it all, and maybe even check out.

The answer might be simpler than we can even imagine. David figured it out and so can we. In our anguish and frustration, years of living in defeat, cry out to Him. He is the great CHAIN-BREAKER. He longs to and wants to set us free. And He paid for that with HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD.

What has He set you free from? What is in your life that is holding you back from being free? Cry out to Him and let Him set you free.

Relentlessly pursuing Christ,

Bill Welte President/CEO
America’s Keswick

Written by Bill Welte: Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 11 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

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