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For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.      Romans 6:23

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. - Galatians 5:1

Gary Richmond, a former zoo keeper, had this to say: Raccoons go through a glandular change at about 24 months. After that they often attack their owners. Since a 30-pound raccoon can be equal to a 100-pound dog in a scrap, I felt compelled to mention the change that would come to my friend Julie’s pet raccoon.  She listened politely as I explained the coming danger. I'll never forget her answer. "It will be different for me..." And she smiled as she added, "Bandit wouldn't hurt me. He just wouldn't." Three months later Julie underwent plastic surgery for facial lacerations sustained when her adult raccoon attacked her for no apparent reason. Bandit was released into the wild. Sin, too, often comes dressed in an adorable guise, and as we play with it, how easy it is to say, "It will be different for me." The results are predictable.

                                                        Gary Richmond, View From The Zoo

 

Thomas Costain’s history, The Three Edwards, described the life of Raynald III, a fourteenth-century duke in what is now Belgium. Grossly overweight, Raynald was commonly called by his Latin nickname, Crassus, which means “fat.” After a violent quarrel, Raynald’s younger brother Edward led a successful revolt against him. Edward captured Raynald but did not kill him. Instead, he built a room around Raynald in the Nieuwkerk castle and promised him he could regain his title and property as soon as he was able to leave the room. This would not have been difficult for most people since the room had several windows and a door of near-normal size, and none was locked or barred. The problem was Raynald’s size. To regain his freedom, he needed to lose weight. But Edward knew his older brother, and each day he sent a variety of delicious foods. Instead of dieting his way out of prison, Raynald grew fatter. When Duke Edward was accused of cruelty, he had a ready answer: “My brother is not a prisoner. He may leave when he so wills.”

Raynald stayed in that room for ten years and wasn’t released until after Edward died in battle. By then his health was so ruined he died within a year…a prisoner of his own appetite.

                                                        Dave Wilkenson, quoted in ‘Not Even a Hint’ by Josh Harris

 

The safest road to hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.

                                                         C. S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • Can you think of an area in your life where you have had victory over sin?  What did you do differently in that area versus an area that you are still struggling with?
  • What is an area of sin that you are still feeling enslaved?  How could you participate with Christ to be set free?
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

Additional Quotes

Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride.  Knowing our wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair.  Knowing Jesus Chrsit strikes the balance because he shows us both God and our own wretchedness.    Blaise Pascal

As long as you and I understand salvation as checking off a box to get to God, we will find ourselves in the meaningless sea of world religions that actually condemn the human race by exalting our supposed ability to get to God.  On the other hand, when you and I realize that we are morally evil, dead in sin, and deserving of God's wrath with no way out on our own, we begin to discover our desperate need for Christ.     David Platt, Radical

More Video Illustrations

Lifehouse: Everything
A skit demonstrating the Lord's rescue of us from sin.

verses related to this topic

  • Proverbs 5:22

    Proverbs 5:22

    His own iniquities will capture the wicked, he will be held with the cords of his sin.

  • Proverbs 11:3

    Proverbs 11:3

    The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.

  • Ecclesiastes 2:22-23

    Ecclesiastes 2:22-23

    For what does a man get in all his labor and in his striving with which he labors under the sun? Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity.

  • Isaiah 48:22

    Isaiah 48:22

    “There is no peace for the wicked,” says the Lord.

  • Isaiah 53:6

    Isaiah 53:6

    All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.

  • Hosea 10:13

    Hosea 10:13

    You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, you have eaten the fruit of lies because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors,

  • Matthew 7:17

    Matthew 7:17

    “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.”

  • John 8:34-36

    John 8:34-36

    Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

  • Acts 8:23

    Acts 8:23

    "For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity."

  • Romans 3:23

    Romans 3:23

    for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

  • Romans 6:16

    Romans 6:16

    Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?

  • Romans 6:23

    Romans 6:23

    For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • Galatians 5:19-21

    Galatians 5:19-21

    Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

  • 2 Timothy 2:26

    2 Timothy 2:26

    and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

  • 2 Peter 2:12-13

    2 Peter 2:12-13

    But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you,

  • 1 John 1:6-10

    1 John 1:6-10

    If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

books related to this topic

  • The Screwtape Letters

    The Screwtape Letters

    C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written.

  • Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is)

    Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is)

    Bestselling author Joshua Harris shows you how lust deceives you. Specific and honest without being graphic, this book—for both men and women—will guide you in creating a custom plan for fighting lust and celebrating purity.

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