Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Take Off Those Shackles

What do you think when you hear the word "slave"? It conjures up ugly visions of black people being owned by white people to do hard labor, and God alone knows what else. I read books that depicted a slave's life long ago that made my hair curl. I don't like to think about it, and neither do most other people alive and well on the planet today. Slavery, however, was not just prevalent in America prior to the Civil War; slavery has pervaded society from the beginning. Many have been slaves during the course of history, including the Israelites to the Egyptians and various other civilizations, including the Babylonians and the Assyrians. There's no doubt about it, slave and slavery are very dirty words in today's society.

The Bible says that we are all slaves to something. It's one of the horrible parts of being a human being. I look around me today and I see people (myself included) who are slaves to smoking, slaves to alcohol, slaves to the television, slaves to sex and/or pornography and the many spin-offs to that cesspool, slaves to food, slaves to fashion, slaves to power and slaves to money. There are SO many things that we can become enslaved to. Enslavement to these things destroy us. They eat us alive. We live for the moment that we can take part in doing these things while at the same time we hate ourselves for doing them. It seems that no one in the books of history has been exempt from this except for Jesus Christ, the son of God. Even Paul said in Romans 7:14-17

The law is good, then. The trouble is not with the law but with me, because I am sold into slavery, with sin as my master. I don't understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience shows that I agree that the law is good. But I can't help myself, because it is sin inside me that makes me do these evil things.

I don't know anyone who personally loves being enslaved to the things that torture them everyday, but so many won't do what is necessary to break the enslavement because the work is too hard. Just like it is hard work to do what is necessary to maintain a free nation, it is hard work to keep ourselves from becoming addicted to things which are almost impossible to escape from.

1 Cor. 7:22, 23 tells us that Christ bought us with a high price so that we would not have to be enslaved to sin.

And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, the Lord has now set you free from the awful power of sin. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ. God purchased you at a high price. Don't be enslaved by the world.

Come, and He Will Set You Free by Paris Reidhead

Knowing that Christ paid a very high price for us to set us free should make us, like the woman in the video, fall to the Lord's feet in praise and thankfulness, confessing that it is our sincerest desire to be His slave.

The wonderful thing about being Christ's slave is that we are slaves to love, truth, justice, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and "SELF-CONTROL"...all the things that do not go with enslavement to the things listed formerly. There is no peace, or joy that accompany being a food-a-holic, take it from me, and I'm sure that the alcoholic, the smoker, the heroin addict, the pedofile will all vouch for me on that.

On top of all of that, take note that Jesus told us that his yoke is easy and His burden is light. HE does all the work, we just have to plod along beside Him, watch what and how He does it and give Him the glory, honor and praise.

Take Off Those Shackles

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