By: Lou Yeboah
Ain’t that ‘bout a pickle. You have sown the seeds of your own destruction. I tell you, you ought to mimic Paul approach to sin: “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful.” You see, the disillusionment of sin always promise far more than it delivers. Sin is a yoke of bondage, an enslavement that holds you, hostage. An entanglement that wraps itself around your very soul and hijacks your identity. Sin kills and destroys everything it touches. This is the purpose behind everything Satan does. Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, to kill, and to destroy.” You can’t dabble in sin without being swept away. Sin will cause you to hook, line, and sinker. Sin is divisive, deceptive, destructive and deadly. Sin thrill, then it kills. Sin fascinates, then it assassinates. Sin always destroys lives, both for time and eternity. Scripture constantly reminds us of this truth. Sin ain’t no joke!
Listen, Satan is the enemy of our soul, he doesn’t give a cramp about us. He is not our friend. Satan is a con artist and he will con you straight to Hell. He has been seducing for years and the results have always been the same. He seduced Adam and Eve and the result was the fall of mankind. He seduced King David and the result was the death of his son and the division of his kingdom. He seduced Judas Iscariot and the result was the betrayal of Jesus and Judas committing suicide. He seduced Ananias and Sapphira and the result was that they dropped dead. He tried to seduce Jesus and the result was the destruction of the Devil himself. Jesus forever proved that Satan could be defeated and that man did not have to bow down to his seduction. You can be victorious against the seduction of Satan.
You see, I also once were foolish myself, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending my life in malice and envy. As an unbeliever, I was the pawn of Satan, under his dominion, carrying out his dictates. I was unaware of this because he controlled me through the influence of the world and the flesh. But now that I have been born again, in Christ I have been raised from my dead state spiritually to newness of life. And because of this, I am to renounce to the world and its dominion over us. We are to “put off” fleshly things and “put on” the things of the Spirit. Even, though the power of sin seems so strong at times, the tug, the pull, the pressure, the battle, the struggle. Even though it can get to the point where it seems and feels overwhelming. You must put forth effort to do what is right. Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. Sin shall not be your master….” Romans 6:12-14.
Jesus said that He has come to set the captives free. Sin doesn’t have the power to hold you prisoner. God has broken the chains. It’s what Jesus had in mind when he cried those last words on the cross: “It is Finished!” God’s will is for you to overcome. You can be free from bondage by admitting your sin to God and giving Him control of your life through Jesus Christ. Only He can untangle you from the tangled web of sin that you have weaved. In Christ, you are no longer a slave to sin. Nor are you a servant to its power or choke-hold. Your body belongs to Christ. You are His treasure, He has paid for you with His Blood. He has set You free. Out of bondage comes freedom. Out of surrender comes victory. Submit yourself until the Lord and be free!
Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains… Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron. — Psalm 107:10, Psalm 107:13-16