But now that you know God–or rather are known by God–how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? Galatians 4:9
While slavery still exists in parts of the world, for the most part slavery has been done away with. It is looked upon as a bad thing. No one wants to be a slave to anyone for any reason.
Regardless of what the national rules and regulations are, the majority of people in this world are enslaved to sin. They are bound up in sin that will keep them sinning more and more. Selfish desires overcome them and causes them to sin.
This is a conscious choice of most people to live that way. They see it as freedom of choice.
Every believer is taken out of that type of lifestyle. They are removed from the bondage and slavery of sin when Jesus had died and rose from the dead. He placed the powers of this world under His feet. They are no longer a slave to those forces.
Yet, there are many believers who turn back to those weak and miserable forces and allow themselves to be enslaved again.
This is done when a believer turns back to an old way of living or begins to live like the world again. He allows sin back into his life by choice on a regular basis. He refuses to turn away from sin. Lying, stealing, cheating, cursing, hating, porn, violence, hatred all become a part of his life again, a way of living. This is allowing the dark powers of this world to rule again in his life.
If you have accepted Jesus into your life and what He has done for you, you are known by God and also know God. He has set you free from the power of sin. He has pulled you out of that enslaved life of sin. Do not allow yourself to go back.
Take a look at your life on a regular basis and see you or what is enslaving you. Who or what has control over your life?
God should be the only one who has control over your life. Do not allow the things and sin of this world to enslave you and have control over you.
Turn away from the sin of this world and back to God.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know the freedom you have in Jesus; that you will give God full control of your life; and that you will choose to turn from sin to God every time.
You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. 1 Corinthians 7:23
Paul had been talking about the status of a person. Some were slaves when they became a believer, while others were free men when they believed. If they were a slave, they were to see their salvation as freedom in Christ. If they were free, they were to see themselves enslaved to Christ.
Now he points out that no one should be a slave to another human being. Immediately, most people would say that they are not a slave to another human being. Those who are actual slaves, most likely will say that they do not want to be a slave.
In reality, the majority of people are enslaved to another person. By choice many people have allowed themselves to be enslaved to another person. They have made choices that made them a slave.
People want to be just like a celebrity, to the point that they live, breath, dress and talk just like that person. They have become enslaved.
Others have enslaved themselves to another person because of debt. They want something that they cannot really afford, get a loan or use a credit card, and have to fight to be able to pay it off for many years.
Many people have become enslaved to those on television. They allow others to tell them how they must live, what they must wear, drink, drive, think, and need.
Believers should be different. They should be allowing Jesus with the Holy Spirit to guide them and tell them what to think, say and do. Every believer needs to be enslaved to God. Be at God’s beck and call around the clock.
God has the believers best interest in mind when He guides the person. God does not do things for selfish reasons. He loves first, beginning and last in all that He says and does. Jesus bought you at the high price of death.
Take a look at the way you live your life. Notice who you are enslaved to. Every person is a slave to someone or something.
As a slave to Christ, you will have an abundant life and inherit eternal life in the end. As a slave to people, you will only inherit disappointment and death.
Who is in control of your life?
Who is the master of your life?
Do not allow the things and people of this world to be your master.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to have complete control of your life; and that you will not be a slave to any in this world.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. Romans 6:22
Since the 1700s when slavery was abolished, it has been looked down as a bad thing, which it is when it is one person owning another. In today’s society, most of the world despises the idea of slavery.
The reality, though, is that every person is a slave, whether they like it or not. They are a slave to sin.
There is not one person who cannot keep from sinning. People obey the law of sin very well. Take a look at how hard it is for a person to stop doing something on their own that is sinful to God.
Ultimately the obedience to sin brings about eternal death, after starting with separation from God. The only way to stop that separation from God and prevent eternal death is belief in Jesus Christ.
Once a person believes in Jesus Christ, he is no longer a slave to sin, but becomes a slave to God. One who has been made a slave, must obey the master, or the one who owns him.
Again, in this world, there are many people who do not really like the idea of being a slave to anyone, yet, that is what a believer is. Being a slave to God means that no matter what He says, one will do it, He is the commander and head boss.
There is a great benefit to being a slave to God. That benefit is freedom from sin and being given eternal life. No longer is there a death sentence on the life of a person who believes in Jesus.
Obeying God is actually an easy thing to do. There are only two main commands that God has for every person: to love God with everything in him and to love his neighbor in the same way.
As a believer, you must not look at the commands and rules of God as being a bad thing or heavy burden. His commands are there to bring you life…eternal life. There is no greater benefit than eternal life!
Do not fight being a slave and striving to do your own thing. Being a willing, loving slave to God. Do whatever He tells you. The benefits in the end are worth it.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a slave to God; that you will obey all that God commands; and that you will know the benefits you have in Jesus.
This is what the LORD says: “For three sins of Gaza, even for four, I will not relent. Because she took captive whole communities and sold them to Edom,” Amos 1:6
Amos starts out with the words of God against various towns and nations. Each of these are for capturing cities and selling the people and community to other nations. For each one it is listed as for three to four sins God was willing to not relent and bring on the judgment against them. It was a prophecy of destruction against nations that sin against God.
Even though, as a whole, slavery has been abolished across the world, there are many places that still allow it or have it occur on a very wide spread basis. People are bought and sold into various types of slavery all over the world, even in America. Most people will agree that slavery is wrong and should be done away with.
There is, however, another type of slavery that people are sold into on a regular basis, that most people don’t even recognize as slavery. It is slavery into sinful practice and ways.
Stores and bars populate most towns promoting getting drunk. Movie theaters push movies that promote sex, drugs, and every type of sin known to man as worth seeing and doing. Books are published promoting every type of sin there is as something good for a person. Television promotes sinful lifestyles as being acceptable and good. Musicians sing songs pushing sin. Pornography promotes free sex, immorality and lust.
All of these things are taking whole communities into captivity, selling them into slavery of sin. People are captivated by the sin promoted by others. While most people look at these things a freedom and rights, it is sin. Although the world states that a person has the freedom and right to sin, it is still wrong and there is a price to pay–life.
As a believer, you must not be caught up in these things. You must be careful that you are not one of those promoting sin in any shape, size or fashion.
Take captive your thoughts and focus them on God and His ways. Promote Jesus in this world and be His slave. Allow only God to be your master and not the things of this world. In this way God will not have to bring judgment upon you.
I pray today that you will only be captured by God; that you will only be a slave to Jesus; that you will not be guilty of enslaving others into sin; and that you will be a light of Jesus to this world.
I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. Psalm 81:6
The psalmist, Asaph, looked back on when Israel had been delivered from Egypt. While in Egypt, they had been under the heavy burden of slavery. They were not allowed to make their own decisions or live their lives the way they wanted too. It was a heavy burden to bear living like that, but God had removed that burden in the deliverance.
Although the Israelites had to deal with many different difficulties while enslaved in Egypt, Asaph lists everything as one burden. That one burden was slavery.
Although slavery of human beings by another person is still found in different parts of the world, this is a different type of slavery. Not every person is enslaved to another person against his will, as the Israelites were in Egypt.
There is one burden that every person is enslaved to, unless they have been set free. That burden is sin.
From the time of birth every person is enslaved with the burden of sin. It is a bondage that no person can escape from on his own. Someone else has to come in and break the chains of that bondage.
Many people will try to say that they are not in bondage to anyone or anything. Yet, they are unable to stop doing certain things, whether they are actions, words, or thoughts.
Think about your own life. What are some bad habits that you have in your life? Or what are some sins that you seem to do over and over?
These are the things you are enslaved to. These are the things you are in bondage to and cannot break free from on your own.
Just as God had broken the bondage of slavery off of the shoulders of the Israelites, God can break the bondages of sin off your shoulders.
Jesus is willing to forgive you of your sins, if you allow Him to and you repent. Then allow Him to take that bondage and toss it out. Do not pick up the chains of bondage to sin anymore. Be free. Keep your hands, mind and body free from the slavery of sin. Live for God.
I pray today that you will know the freedom Jesus has for you; that you will seek forgiveness of sins; that God will strengthen you to stay away from sin; and that you will live for God in every way possible in this life.
“You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.” Leviticus 18:3
God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt after their having been there for four hundred years. Over that time they had been assimilated into the Egyptian culture and beliefs, although they were slaves. They ate their food and lived life the same way with the exception of being slaves. Now that God had pulled them out of Egypt, He did not want them to continue in that lifestyle or go back to that lifestyle.
God was also bringing them into the land of Canaan. This land was also a land where other false gods were worshipped and lifestyles were lived that went against God’s way of doing things. He tells the people not live like the Egyptians or the Canaanites.
Every person who is a believer has come out of their own personal “Egypt”. You were a slave to things that were against God. Depending how old you were at the time you came to Jesus, depends on what you were a slave to. The older you were the more things you were enslaved to.
You are also still in this world as a believer. There are beliefs and cultures around you that as a believer in Jesus you must not take a part of or embrace. Jesus said you are to be in this world, but not a part of this world.
Take an honest look at the practices going on around you. Determine if those practices are what Jesus would have you do or not do. Flee all types of sin. Do not take a part in that sin.
These sins can be physical acts, emotional acts, or thoughts. The world will try to get you to follow their ways, from the local workplace, all the way up to the federal government and the world. Stay separate from the world. Don’t go back to your old ways of living and do not take on the new ways around you.
Live for Jesus today. Do not live for self or the world.
I pray today that God will reveal to you false ways of living; that God will open your eyes to sinful thoughts and actions; that God will strengthen you to live for Jesus; and that God will help you be a light for Jesus in this world.