They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for”people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 2 Peter 2:19
People in every nation around the world love to be able to do, say and go where they like without major restrictions. Some nations are more free than others.
Those in much more free nations feel that they can do whatever they want without any negative repercussions. Some believe that anything is permissible and should not be restricted in any way. While they appear to be completely free, most are being deeply held in slavery.
Peter, in talking about people following their own desires, says that they promise freedom, but are slaves to depravity or sin, because they have been mastered by the sin.
At the same time that many people appear to be free, they are actually mastered by something. Often they are addicted to something that is not always good, feeling that they must have or do something or else life is not good.
Sin looks and sounds good on the outside. It appears as if the one who sins is really living life. Complications and difficulties are covered up with no regard to the future. The hearts of people run after sin as though there is no problem.
Many in the church have bought into the lies of the world and are chasing after sin, thinking that they are free. In so doing, they are binding themselves up to the slavery of sin and depravity.
Strong, true believers will flee sin and seek God to break off the bondages of sin in their lives. They will see that true life is one that is in bondage to God, who brings life, not to selfish desires that bring about death. They will be mastered only by God, not man, things or sin.
You, like most people, like to have freedom to be able to choose what you think, say or do. The world is going to try and trap you in the lies of false freedom.
Seek God and His word to know what real freedom is. Allow God and His Holy Spirit to be master over your life, guiding you and strengthening you to live a holy and righteous life in Christ Jesus.
Resist the temptation to follow the world and its depravity and sin.
Who or what has mastered you and your life?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live your life; that God will open your eyes to the lies of the world; that you will not be a slave to sin; and that you will be mastered by God alone.
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 1 Peter 2:16
Freedom is the rally cry for many people around the world. People love to be free and be able to do what they want. In the mindset of the majority of people, freedom is the ability to do what one wants, when he wants and how he wants with no restrictions.
While this sounds good, it ultimately breaks down to chaos and death in the end. The world promotes and believes in absolute freedom for self.
After Peter reminds the people that they are God’s chosen people, he encourages them to live as free people, but not to cover up evil.
When Jesus died upon the cross and rose again, He did all of that in order to bring freedom from sin and its judgment to all people. With this freedom from sin, it gave believers the ability to freely live life.
There are many in the church who have taken this freedom too far. Instead of being free to live for God, they continue to live in sin, while believing they are saved in Jesus. They cover-up their sinful habits claiming that Jesus forgives them and set them free.
Salvation is Jesus is not freedom to continue to live in sin, but freedom to live for God. It is freedom to do what God desires without judgment from past wrongs.
Any believer who chooses to focus on living for God, will be so busy living for God, that he will not have time to focus on doing anything that is sinful. Life lived serving God is more rewarding and fulfilling than living as the world does in sin, that only brings about disappointment and death.
As a believer God has set you free from the bondage and judgment of sin, so that you may truly live. Do not allow yourself to go back into bondage of living in sin but live for God. Dedicate your whole life to living for God, rather than self and sin.
Seek God and His word to know how He wants you to live your life. Learn to live as Jesus lived, freely serving God with all of His heart, soul, mind and strength.
You are free to live, but do not use that freedom to sin against a holy God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will freely live for God; that God will strengthen you to live according to His ways; that God will break the bondage to sinful acts; and that the world will see you living for God.