There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

—Romans 8:1-2

In the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, we see a remarkable story about a madman who was set free by the Lord Jesus Christ from the evil that tormented his life.

And it’s such a great reminder of what Jesus has done for you and me!  Without Christ, we’re madmen who are addicted to sin…broken and bruised…self-destructive…hurting ourselves, our families, and our friends.

But when we ask Jesus into our lives, He doesn’t just clean us up.  He sets us free and gives usp a brand new heart!

We read what God does for our hearts in Ezekiel 11:19-20 when He says, “I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them.  I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them.  And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”

You see, being a Christian isn’t about getting cleaned up and then trying to hang on for dear life!  No, coming to Christ means you have the power of Jesus to overcome your habits, your addictions, and your sins.  You’re no longer on your own!

The apostle Paul reinforces this in 2 Corinthians 5:17 when he says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

It’s not just getting the evil out.  It’s getting the power of God in!  That’s what changes you. 

When Christ comes to live in you and clothes you with His brand new righteousness…the righteousness of God Himself…then the love of sin is replaced for with a love of God!  The love of sinful passion and sinful pleasure is replaced with a love for holy purposes and passions that honor God.  The old you passes away…and the new you takes its place! 

I pray this glorious promise encourages your heart today…and that you will take time to thank God for the incredible and powerful work He has done for you!

In Jesus Christ, you are a new creation… free from the bondage of sin