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New Life Daily Devotion - Mar. 15, 2010

  • 2010 Mar 15

Denial Leads to Bondage
John 8:30-36

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Living in denial is living dishonestly. How many times have we lied to ourselves and others, saying, "I can stop any time I want!" Or "I have the right to choose how I live my own life!" Or "My behavior doesn't affect anyone but me!" Ironically, as we asserted our freedom to live as we chose, we soon lost the freedom to choose anything other than our addiction; we became enslaved to it.

Jesus said to some would-be disciples, "_'You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free'. . . . 'A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free'. . . . 'Why can't you understand what I am saying? It's because you can't even hear me! For you are the children of your father the devil. . . . He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies'_" (John 8:31-36, 43-44).

Spiritual forces swaying our lives have their roots in either truth or deceit. Truth leads to freedom; deceit to bondage and death. Denial is a lie that keeps us in slavery. When we're slaves to our addictions we lose the right to choose any other way of life. It's only when we break the denial, when we become brutally honest about our bondage, that there's any chance for real freedom.

Denial keeps us in bondage to our vices; confession leads us to recovery and freedom.