1 Corinthians 7:23 Don’t Be A Slave To A Person

 

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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.

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Romans 6:22 You Are A Slave…With Benefits

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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. 

Amos 1:6 Selling Communities

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.

Psalm 81:6 A Removed Burden

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.

Leviticus 18:3 Don’t Do As They Do

“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.

Genesis 39:3-4 Doing Your Best Work

“When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.” Genesis 39:3-4

Israel, formally Jacob, had many sons and the youngest was Joseph. He was favored by Israel. His brothers did not like that at all, so they sold him into slavery. Joseph was eventually sold to Potiphar, an Egyptian priest in Egypt. After some time, Potiphar noticed that Joseph was successful at whatever he did and put him in charge of everything in his house. God was with Joseph and had given him great favor.

As a slave, Joseph could have done as little as possible. He could have thought because the Egyptians do not serve or worship God, he would not want to do anything good for them. Yet, he worked hard and did his best to serve those who were his masters.

Although today most of the world has banned slavery, there is another type of slavery going on. It is the slavery of working. When you have a job and go to work, you are a slave to that boss.

You have a choice in how you work and what you do. It is often seen people in the workplace who do the bare minimum. They try to cut corners and cheat the boss as much as they can without getting caught.

As a believer, you are to do everything that you do as though you were working for God. When you are serving God in this way, it does not matter what the job is or who your human boss is. It does not matter how your human boss treats you. God will always be on your side.

When God is on your side, you will prosper. Maybe not financially, but in spirit and truth and favor with others. God can raise you up in the worst of circumstances.

When you work, are you doing your best?

Are you working as though working for God?

Joseph did, as a slave. What can you do for God today?

I pray today that you will accept where God has placed you; that you will work as though working for God; that you will give God all the glory for your work; and that God will give you His favor in all that you do for Him.

2 Peter 2:19 Promised False Freedom

“They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for ‘people are slaves to whatever has mastered them’.” 2 Peter 2:19

Peter had just described people of the world. They are people who live in sin and boast about it. As they live in that sin, they also try to get believers to follow their ways.

People of the world are always promising freedom. They want freedom to do whatever they want, when they want and how they want. Rules are made to attempt to bring freedom and protect other people’s freedoms.

However, many of these rules are ones of depravity, promoting sin and slavery rather than true freedom. Whatever or whoever controls you is your master. This goes against the mindset of many people. Most people like to think that they are not a slave to anyone or anything.

Many people say that they have to live a certain way. That they cannot help being the type of person they are, it is just who they are. It may be that they are an alcoholic, or a drug addict, or a gossip, or an angry person, or a liar, or something else. Regardless of what they are, often it is a sinful, selfish way of living. If a person has to live in a sinful way, then he is a slave to that sin.

As a believer, you should be only a slave to Jesus. Do not allow yourself to be mastered by other people or things. The things of this world will lead you on a path of destruction. Although the world promises freedom, it is most often slavery to sin. This type of slavery will bring about destruction and death.

Slavery to Jesus will bring you life and wholeness. God will always guide you in the correct path, the best way possible.

Are you willing to trust God with your entire life? Will you let God be your master?

Or will you go back to the world and allow sin to be your master?

Choose life today and you will have true freedom, not the false freedom that the world offers.

I pray today that you will know the freedom that Jesus offers; that you will trust God with your life; that you will allow yourself to be a slave to God; and that you will allow God to break the chains of slavery to the world in your life.