Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the Lord says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death.’ Jeremiah 21:8
When traveling people often will have choices to make along the route. As one travels he may come upon a road that is closed due to road construction. To continue down that road, will lead to destruction by running off the road or getting stuck.
If he chooses the detour route, it will mean he can continue on safely. A choice has to be made.
God was getting read to destroy Israel as a nation and send the people into exile in Babylon. If they stayed in the city, they would die. If they went to Babylon in captivity, they would live. A choice had to be made between life and death.
There is still a choice for people to make to this day. Jesus died upon the cross and rose again to give every person a choice to make. The choice is still between life and death, captivity or personal freedom.
Making the choice of personal freedom, allows one to do what he wants and when he wants, but at the cost of death in the end. This is what sin is. It is doing everything to please self, and reject God.
Choosing to follow Jesus is to choose life, but in exile and captivity. One is bound to God to obey God. He is in exile away from this world and its sinful ways.
In the eyes of the world, this is suicide and ridiculous. And it is. Believers are to die to self so that they may live for Christ. It is the real path to real life that will last for all eternity, not just temporary happiness and enjoyment, ending in death.
Just as the Israelites had to make a choice between life and death, you must also make the same choice. This is not a one time choice, but a daily, even hourly or by the minute choice to make. You have to choose to die to self and to live for Christ on a regular basis.
Make the choice to follow and obey Christ. In the eyes of the world this is crazy, but in the end it is eternal life and worth the cost of being enslaved to God.
Choose today the path of life in Christ Jesus, and reject the path of death this world is on.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you in turning away from all sin; that you will be a slave to God and His ways; and that you will know the abundant life Jesus has for you.
Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, Daughter Zion, now a captive. Isaiah 52:2
Freedom is something that most people treasure, but very few actually have. Bondage to someone or something is a position that most people find themselves in. Some of those people are in physical bondage, while many are in a different type of bondage.
In many countries like America, most people will say that they are not in bondage or captivity. They feel as if they are free, while they are in bondage. They are in bondage to debt, jobs, drugs, habits, and ultimately sin.
Isaiah tells the people of Jerusalem to break off the chains that are holding them in bondage. They are to rise up and sit on the throne, free.
Jesus had broke the chains of sin and death when He died on the cross and rose again from the dead. With His breaking those chains, He made it possible for people to also have those chains broken.
While many believers have broken some of those chains, they still allow themselves to be bound up with chains. Certain sins are allowed in the lives of some, keeping them bound to sin.
No believer needs to be bound up by sin, but can be released. However, it is a choice that has to be made. God always provides a way out of sin, but it has to be taken.
When the believer makes a choice to shake off the dust of his past and walk with God, he will be allowed to rise up above the circumstances and have God’s Holy Spirit with him. He will be free to live for God in every area of his life with no more chains to hold him down or back.
As with every believer, you have a past that is bound up with chains and sin. Jesus has made it possible to break those chains holding you down. Shake off your past and be the new creation Jesus has made you to be. Allow the Holy Spirit to empower you to be who God has created you to be.
Do not allow sin or the past to hold you back from doing what God is calling you to do. Be the witness of His saving power. In Christ Jesus you have victory, not bondage. You do not have to be a captive any longer, but free in Christ.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to break the chains in your life; that God will give you strength to turn from all sin; and that you will rise up to do the work God has called you to do.
to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill. Isaiah 49:9
Being free is something that most people desire. They want to be free to do what they want and be who they want to be.
The world is also using the phrase ‘come out’ to be what they want to be openly. People are often told to come out and be who they think or feel that they are, regardless of what others may think or feel.
In doing this type of action, the world is promoting sinful activity and setting themselves into more bondage, rather than freedom. They are bound up in sin and are not really free to live.
God calls to the Israelites to come out of their captivity and those in darkness to be free. They are called to live for God.
Over the centuries, God has not changed His call to people. He is still calling people to come out and be set free. He calls people to come out of the world and be separate from the world and its ways.
Living by the world’s standards appears to be freedom, but in reality is bondage to sin and death. The result in living ‘free’ according to the world’s ways, will be eternal death and separation from God.
Believers are to be different, set apart. Every believer is called to live a holy life just like Jesus did. They are to come out of the bondage to the ways of sin and be set free to really live life and gain eternal life with God.
Every believer, every person has this choice to make. One has to choose whether he will be bond up in sin or set free to live.
Each day you walk on this earth, you will also have to choose how you will live. You can remain in bondage and darkness or you can choose to step out and be free.
Stepping out and living for God will result in true freedom and live. You will be able to see the reality of the life of sin and the reality of what God has for you. Because of the light of Jesus in your life, you will be able to see how you are to live. You will also be able to share that light with the rest of the world.
So, come out and be free today from sin.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to follow God rather than this world; that you will come out of your sin to live for God; that God will set you free from the bondage to sin and this world.