God’s Freedom Doesn’t Come “with” Satan’s Toys

Posted: March 20, 2014 in Articles, Religion
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(A friend sent this to me and I thought that it was too good not to share (Thanks Bro Mel!).  I take no credit for the content and all credit due to the original author “Min B.”)

From the Pulpit of a Pen. 

As believers, we talk, sing, and preach freedom, but truth be told, most of us are still in bondage in some area of our lives that we aren’t even trying to get out of. Something still has a hold on us, and if we were to be transparent, we would admit that at least in the moment, sin feels good. 

The problem is that pleasure comes with the bitter aftertaste of guilt and shame, so why do we keep coming back to it knowing what we feel like afterward? Well, there is a reason that sin and a worldly mindset is compared to a prison…it institutionalizes us. 

No matter what the consequences are, the pleasure we felt while doing the devil’s work and playing his games plants in us a seed of nostalgia; it is the same as when older people start talking about the good ole’ days but have nothing good to say about them. Nostalgia is a mild form of depression that causes us to miss things that weren’t all that good to or for us; like that desire to get back with an ex after a horrible breakup.  

It blinds you to the reasons you wanted out so desperately in the first place. It sucks us back in by playing on the very emotions it helped create, and it is not until we decide that the freedom of the Lord is worth the discipline this freedom and pleasure comes in that we will make a move to stay out. This is where the children of Israel struggled greatly while in the wilderness.  

They were being supernaturally fed, yet missed some of the food, so they were willing to go back into slavery to get. Here is the biggest lie…they said to themselves they ate at no cost; they forgot the bondage, the taskmasters, the subjection to Pharaoh’s will for fish and some veggies (Exodus 16:3; Numbers 11:5). 

The New Testament is a bold declaration of our freedom, peace, and joy in Christ Jesus, but just as a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness (Proverbs 26:11).  

An institutionalized sinner is one who is released from his prison (through the finished work of the cross), begins to walk in the freedoms that have been given to him, but doesn’t feel like he fits or belongs in it, so he desires to go back. And far too many times we feel as though what God has done for us, we don’t deserve it because of our sins…our sin is the very reason God did what He did. Our enemy knows that if we continue to think this way, many of us will never realize our God given potential.as a matter of fact, he is banking on it. 

This seed has been given to be sown; sow it so grace can grow it. 

Min B. 

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh (desert/abandon) them shall have mercy. Proverbs 28:13  

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. ~Thomas Jefferson~

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