Released! You are no longer a slave to sin series!
1) ‘Buried’ says so much!
How does this work? ‘I’m buried under my sin! No hope! So lonely! What is the way?’ What is the purpose of life?’
And so it goes on and on, buried… You see, the devil and his realm of darkness want to keep you buried. To kill, maim, and destroy you forever. To kill your life, relationships and health, to maim your body and mind, to eventually destroy you for eternity.
‘So what is the hope?’
1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Did you know God plainly declared this truth in His Word? So now you know the source of the conflict. You might see it as a struggle within yourself and that’s it. But the real struggle is far greater. The real struggle is between life and death, between good and evil, darkness and light. Understand a key: To remain in sin and do nothing about it means you are honoring darkness, the devil, and not honoring God in your life. So… if your life is full of the list in Galatians Five, now you know why and have no excuse.
Galatians 5:16-21 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Sometimes darkness tries to overpower us through a stronghold of sin within us. Some form of sin which is more precious to us than our worship and relationship to Jesus. As a result we stay in that place, nurturing our sin rather than a relationship with Jesus, the power which can release us. Here is a shock. Sin leads to death, either a death for eternity if we don’t know Jesus, or a sickness of our relationship with Jesus and the resulting sickness of our testimony for Him. No wonder you don’t care about Jesus and could just go on in sin… To being a slave to darkness… And misery… and anxiety, whew, this is getting tough…. And chaos….
Here is a message for you, right from Jesus. 1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Jesus is the difference and the way out! 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This ol’ author tries to find that one spot… That one spot way back in my life where that stronghold found place in me, and take that spot to Jesus, in repentance, in humble assurance that Jesus will forgive and overcome that spot in me, to tear down those broken walls in Jesus name and for His Glory, amen… So sweet then, to lay in comfort in the arms of Jesus. See, because now you honor Jesus, the Lord of your life, my Redeemer is so faithful and true…
No more slave to sin, to wonderful peace way down inside our spirit, where it really counts…
So know you know. Confess your sin – knock down that stronghold of slavery by giving it to him in repentance. Turn from that way of darkness and walk in a new light with Him. It’s that simple. Oh, and you can declare with Jesus as you walk hand in hand spiritually. ‘I am no longer a slave to_____ ! ( name that sin) I’m set free in Jesus! Buried no longer! Free indeed!’
Author Terry Palmer
photo by Ursula Madariaga