I love the song amazing grace, it gives me such encouragement and freedom when I listen to it. But there are times in our life and sometimes we make it a lifestyle to hold on to our pain, our sin, our past and not live in the freedom which we where given.
There was a church I visited that had the most depressing youth group I have ever seen, they where all saved as far as I knew but they where so held down by guilt and/or old ways of life that they showed no sign of freedom, and if anything they looked more burdened by the word! Their chains had been removed from their necks, arms, and legs, the gate had been open, but they stood there inside the gate!
We get a warning and order in Galatians 5:1 "stand fast therefore in the liberty where with Christ hath made us free, and not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage." One of the meanings of entangled is "Involve (someone) in difficulties or complicated circumstances." I feel so many times that the devil "Involves" us in these circumstances in order to bring us to a point of bondage again. We like to call them life problems but they pull at us and take up our time so that we are off balance and not standing in our liberty of freedom. We say "I want a breakthrough" and then focus on the next problem when God moves through the first one. And what happens is we get depressed again because of our situation and lose sight that we are truly freed. Doing that only gives the devil a foothold in your life!
But have hope, our chains truly are gone, we really can step outside those gates. Dont allow the things that are happening around you to define your liberty, be free and walk in that. The focus must always be on christ and the knowing that his grace is what washes over us, so be blessed that your guilt and your past is taken care of. Amen