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In Touch - Nov. 20, 2009

November 20 
Enslavement to Sin
John 8:31-36

We live in a land where men and women have fought and even given their lives to protect liberty, yet ironically, masses of our citizens are in bondage. Of course, these people are not bound by literal chains, but their hearts are enslaved by sin. Today's passage explains that when we continually commit wrongs, we're imprisoned by them. Let's explore how this happens.

The process starts off subtly with a desire for something. We might give in a little, and the yearning starts growing stronger.  At first, our conscience warns us, and we might confess the sin. But we give in again and begin to justify our actions. In time, if this cycle continues, the sting of conscience gradually weakens until we no longer feel it. At that point, we are enslaved.

The sin can be as obvious as pornography or substance abuse. But it can also be more difficult to recognize, like ungodly priorities involving a drive for success, prosperity, and power. Even a hunger to strengthen a ministry can be sinful. There is a difference between being motivated and led by the Holy Spirit and being pushed by our own insatiable desire.

Bondage to sin has consequences. It damages emotions, divides the mind, instills fear, guilt and insecurity, and creates hopeless addiction to its power. 

Praise God—Jesus can set us free. The first step to liberty is recognition of our current captivity. Does sin have a powerful hold on you? Ask almighty God to reveal wrong attitudes, actions, and priorities. These are not always obvious, but He lovingly desires to show you and break you free.

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