Romans 7:25 You Are A Slave

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7:25

No one likes to be considered a slave. Everyone loves his freedom, freedom to be himself, think his own way and do his own things.

Yet, most people are bound to others in some form of slavery. The worker binds himself to the employer. The citizen binds himself to his government and all governmental authorities. Each one has to obey someone else or suffer consequences.

Paul realizes that he is delivered from the law of sin by Jesus Christ, but also recognizes that he is a slave to God’s law and to the law of sin.

Once a person becomes a believer, he suddenly comes into a major conflict in his life. He knows that he wants to obey God’s laws and live according to God’s ways, but at the same time he continues to follow sinful ways and habits.

Too many believers throw out God’s law, seeing it as legalism and holding onto grace alone. Living like this, they allow themselves to continue to be a slave to sin and continue to live in sinful ways, believing God will have grace upon them.

Living in this way, does not show one is striving to live for God. He is not allowing Jesus to deliver him from the slavery of sin, but remains in bondage.

Jesus has provided a way to turn away from sin. He removed the chains of sin upon the lives of a believer, setting him free. The sinful nature will still desire to turn back to sin, but the heart and mind will strive to live for God out of gratefulness of what Jesus has done. You may find yourself struggling with some sin.

Turn your focus upon Jesus and what He has done for you. Allow yourself to be a slave to God’s ways of living, rather than to the sinful ways of this world.

Do not try to live for God on your own, but be filled with His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you. By His Holy Spirit you can be changed from the inside out, becoming a slave to His righteousness and not to sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a slave to God’s laws; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that God will break the bondage of sinful habits in your life; and that you will live a holy life unto God.

Jeremiah 21:8 Two Paths Of Choice

Brown and green leaves

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.

Harriet (movie review)

Harriet movie poster

Movie: Harriet
Opening: November 2019
Rating: PG

The movie ‘Harriet‘ is a movie about the life and work of Harriet Tubman. She was a black lady who was raised as a slave in the early to mid-1800’s. She was injured by an accident and was unable to be reliable help on the plantation where she was a slave. As a result, the slave owner chose to sell and remove her from her husband. Instead of being allowed to be sold, she chose to run away to freedom.

After successfully escaping by traveling on foot for about 90 miles, she chose to go back and rescue her family. No one would support her, but she put her trust in God to give her strength and favor. Over time she had been credited for going back multiple times and rescuing about 100 people from slavery.

The movie does show some of the violence against slavery. It makes it very clear the dangers of a slave running away. There is some violence in the movie, but not extreme and no extreme graphics are shown. One thing that I caution on is that there is some foul language in this film and a lot of language used against the black people, showing the prejudices of the people.

One thing that I found great in the movie was showing how Harriet had trusted in God. She would be traveling with some escaped slaves in the wild, planning to head a certain direction. Suddenly she would get dizzy and have a vision from God as to what to do. She often felt God turn her to a new direction. She would go that way, though often it did not make sense at the moment. In the process of doing that she had avoided getting caught many times.

For me this was a challenge in my belief and trust in God. As a believer, we are to fully trust God’s leading at all times. He said that He would never leave us and that His Holy Spirit would always be there to guide us on our path in this life.

Every believer needs to keep his heart open to hearing from God and obeying His every command. It may not always make sense as to why God has us move the direction He has us move, but we can know that it is for our best interests. This movie has challenged me to learn to step out in faith and trust God’s leading more in my life.

I do recommend this movie, but with caution. There is the language and his movie is not suitable for younger children. It is a great movie for middle school and up children and can lead to great discussions about slavery and following God.

May your trust in God increase as you walk with Him.