Daily Devotional #17 I AM FREE IN CHRIST

Did you know that you have complete freedom from negative attitudes, destructive actions, harmful behaviors, poisonous relationships, bad decisions, and a sinful lifestyle? This “I am free in Christ” daily devotional for women will help you witness my own journey from being a slave to sin to becoming a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. Sin is not our master!

I am Free #52Devotionals Devotions for Women by Anna Szabo

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Introduction

I did not grow up in a church. We weren’t Christians. My family was abusive. I was surrounded by adulterous alcoholics, molested, beaten, bullied, and abused in every aspect of my being. I was offered an alcoholic beverage when I was five years old.

My cousins taught me how to smoke at ten. At 11, I remember drinking pure alcohol from the pharmacy with my friends. At 12, I was at my cousin’s birthday party under my aunt’s adult supervision where we, a few little girls, drank several bottles of vodka. I shared my story on this blog in detail, you can click on any article below to learn more.

My Story

I was taught sin and I was a slave to sin. Drinking, smoking, sleeping around, explosive anger, abusive relationships, and addictions – that was all I ever knew because I was never introduced to anything different than that. My lifestyle got the best of me in 2014. I came to the end of myself and had a personal encounter with Jesus.

It was April 2014. From there, God took me by the hand and liberated me, one step at a time. He introduced me to new ways of thinking, living, and being. I realized that I was no longer a slave to sin. Sin was not my master anymore. On October 19th, 2014 I was baptized at Buckhead Church and declared my faith in Christ in front of 3000 people.

Here’s my baptism video.

This daily devotional will reveal to you that no matter your current beliefs about yourself, your bad habits, your destructive lifestyle, you can liberate yourself from sin. Sin is not your master. You can be free in Christ by faith.

READ: What is Faith?

I’ll be sharing with you how God transformed me personally: how I sinned and sin was all I knew, yet, today, I am free in Christ by the grace of God through my faith in Jesus.

READ: Who is Jesus?

I want to share with you the exact process of how I changed: the revelations, the new life principles, the transformational beliefs about my identity, the new perspective on people, and the new mindset.

READ: My Testimony

May this Biblical devotional encourage and empower you. I pray that you’ll be moved and inspired by it. I hope that you will accept God’s everlasting grace, step into His unconditional love, and live your life free from the bondage with sin.

How We Get Trapped in Sin

Often in life, we withdraw from our community because we start feeling like we’re better than others or others are not good enough for us. Have you ever experienced anger? Have you ever felt jealous when someone had something you wanted? Have you ever judged people for their actions feeling like you’re better than them? Have you ever been overwhelmed with self-righteousness? These are all the poisons of the Flesh. Satan wants to poison our joy, one drop of anger, jealousy, bitterness, and judgment at a time.

READ: Who Is Satan?

The devil wants us to feel superior and arrogant so that we can be separated from our spiritual squad – the people who love us and care about us. Our spiritual squad is our prayer team, people who walk in Christ with us, and those who encourage us to have faith in Jesus.

Satan wants us to be trapped in negativity so that we spiral down into helplessness and depression. It happens one small step at a time, one thought at a time, one choice at a time. I’ve been there, so I know that getting trapped is a process that’s barely noticeable. That’s why we must always be alert, watchful, and of sober mind.

The Battle of The Flesh vs The Spirit

We have to always choose: the Flesh or the Spirit. We have the free will to choose to judge people and be jealous of them, but we don’t have to. We have the power to be like Christ and live a life redeemed from sin. We can demonstrate the Fruit of the Spirit and be God’s glory on display. All we need is to choose to die to the Flesh and walk in the Spirit of God.

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Romans 6:18


There are self-righteousness and God’s righteousness.

Self-righteousness is rooted in ego and arrogance.

God’s righteousness has been gifted to us when our sin was paid for by Jesus, when we were redeemed at a high price of His life, and we became free of God’s judgment. It’s called justification.

READ: Becoming Pure and Holy (Justification)

God’s judgment was replaced with love.

You’re righteous through Christ if you accepted Him as your lord and savior. You received so much mercy, grace, and love that you have an overflow of love to give to others. You can give people love, patience, and kindness not because of who they are but because of who you are in Christ.

You are free in Christ.

How To Experience Freedom in Christ

When we’re together with those around us and feel bonded, connected, supported, and supportive, Satan has a hard time getting to us. Remember how Jesus was always surrounded by believers?

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:1-2

Here are the two opposite laws mentioned.

The law of sin and death has us filled with judgment, unforgiveness, resentment, arrogance, and other behaviors of the Flesh. The law of grace has us filled with love, peace, joy, acceptance, and other behaviors of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

Here is the visual demonstration of how each law impacts our life in the now and in the future. This is called the ITCEBO model, and you can click the image to download a high-resolution PDF.

ITCEBO model by Anna Szabo - How to think about thinking

Jesus was always surrounded by a crowd.

Christ moved toward messy people and loved on them with His whole heart (Matthew 8, Matthew 9:20-22, John 9, etc). As long as you have a community to lean on and you experience joy, love, forgiveness, and peace, Satan is weak. You are protected. The devil’s goal is to separate you from others, to make you feel different, to poison your heart with feelings of arrogance and non-belonging.

FLESH VS SPIRIT
Whenever ego is talking, recognize that it’s flesh and combat it with God’s Spirit of Truth who lives in you.
You’re free to choose your self-talk, aka your thoughts.
First, become aware of your thoughts. Capture what you’re thinking. There’s a great exercise called a “Thought Download” that requires you to grab a pen and paper and simply write down exactly what’s going on through your mind.
Identity what you’re thinking. Ask yourself if your thoughts are the thoughts of Flesh or Spirit. Look at the ITCEBO model I created for you to get help and relevant scriptures.
download ICTEBO model
What outcome will the thoughts you’re thinking lead to, according to the word of God? The thoughts on the right in the ITCEBO model lead to the outcomes on the right. The thoughts on the left lead to the outcomes on the left.
We must think the thoughts that align with the Spirit, aka the truth of Christ. The habit of taking thoughts captive and making sure we only choose the thoughts that are compliant with God’s truth, will lead us to the life of joy, peace, and blessings. That’s our freedom.
BEING FREE
For years I had no idea that I was free to choose my thoughts. I didn’t know that I was able to create a free life with my thinking. I felt like a slave…
Galatians 5:1 says:“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.”

I was a slave to anger, rage, cussing, screaming, slamming doors, judging people with arrogance, condemning them, and being driven by ego into adultery, alcoholism, compulsive shopping, and other sins.
Once I gave my life to Christ, I realized: sin is no longer my master. And I was set free from that slavery. I even said it in my baptism video in front of 3000 people at Buckhead Church on October 19th of 2014.
baptism video
And I also wrote this poem explaining what I’ve learned on my journey: our thoughts create our future and drive our relationships, careers, health, and all aspects of life.
“Mind Over Matter”
Your thoughts create your future.It happens every moment.Your pain and wounds you sutureWith every thought and comment.
You choose your thoughts with free will.You are in charge of choosing.Defeating thoughts your dreams kill.Don’t be your thoughts misusing!
Decide to think of greatness.Decide to think of joy.Decide that you with gladnessYour thought life will enjoy!
No matter circumstances.No matter wounds and pain.Your thoughts are your advances.They make or break your brain.
With healthy thoughts, you’re healing.With harmful thoughts, you’re sick.Bad thoughts can joy be stealing -To cause you harm they’re quick.
So, choose to think of blessings,And choose to think of grace.Start gratitude expressingWith thoughts of joy and praise.
Your thoughts create your future.It happens every moment.Your pain and wounds you sutureWith every thought and comment.
Christ died on the cross for you. He paid the price to redeem you, aka to buy you. Christ bought you from slavery to sin. He paid with His life to set you free.

What Does the Bible Say About Freedom In Christ?

What does the Bible say about being free in Christ?

What does it mean to be spiritually free?

What does God set us free from?

What does Paul say about freedom?

How did Paul view his rights and freedom?


You are free! Do you believe it? If so, repeat my Biblical affirmation to yourself out loud to declare your freedom from slavery to sin, sexual bondages, alcoholic dependencies, drug addictions, compulsive shopping, uncontrollable anger, envious judgment toward people, arrogant ego, the illusion of separateness, and other poisonous mental tools used by Satan t confuse and deceive you.

I Am Free In Christ 

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I am free from flesh and death,
And sin has no longer its power.
Christ gave my life a new breath. 
In Him, I am growing stronger by the hour.  

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How does it make you feel to know that you are free in Christ and sin is not your master anymore? Share with me in the comments below so I can cheer you on and rejoice with you. If this devotional was helpful, download all #52Devotionals now.

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Summary

I shared with you about my journey from feeling condemned and having a view of God as an angry judge in a courtroom to understanding my salvation, justification, sanctification, and glorification, as well as getting to know God intimately and embracing a more accurate view of Him as my loving heavenly father.

I explained to you how discovering that I am justified and sanctified transformed my identity, heart, thoughts, behaviors, and actions by giving me peace and contentment. I learned to see myself the way God sees me. It’s been the most valuable discovery of my lifetime: who God says I am in Christ and what He thinks about when He thinks about me.

Today, I help women see themselves the way God sees them. I’ve specifically been focusing on identity in Christ. From the Bible, I discovered 52 incredibly-positive things God says about us as His daughters. Those 52 precious discoveries turned into 52 Biblical affirmations I created to encourage and empower Christian women. 

To help share this life-changing information with you, I created an ebook called #52Devotionals. Download it now for free

My free ebook helps you understand who God says you are. Don’t be vulnerable to identity attacks from the mainstream media, relatives, coworkers, your boss, society, culture, and the voices in your head. 

Stand firm and know what God says about you.

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