TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, March 02, 2018:
To make a slave or slaves of; to enslave a people; enslaved by drugs, lust or other sins.
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Most of us have driven by an actual prison and seen enough to know that it is built, most often, brick by brick. Similarly, those who do not know the Lord as their Savior are constructing a spiritual prison one sin at a time without being aware of it. Repeated sin leads to enslavement and it happens slowly, beginning with a wicked thought.
Over time, unless the thought is eradicated, thoughts lead to action. Satan falsely promises happiness as the reward for giving in to temptation. Sin gains strength through repetition until our conscience is numbed and we can no longer resist his temptations. Satan is the greatest deceiver. He makes us believe there is nothing wrong with sin.
We would like to share with you three steps you can take to avoid becoming a slave to sin.
The FIRST STEP is to acknowledge two basic truths. All sin enslaves and begins in the mind. We cannot maintain a healthy relationship with our Lord while indulging in sin. When a wrong thought creeps into our consciousness, we have the choice to expel that thought or to entertain it. Through the strength of the Holy Spirit, every believer in Jesus possesses power to change his or her mind.
A strong antidote to temptation is a long-term view of disobedient behavior. Therefore, a SECOND STEP is to ask ourselves the question, “Is the pleasure of this sin worth the consequences of enslavement?” Most often the answer is no.
Our THIRD STEP is to put an order into our life according to the scriptures. We should make the choice to place ourselves in bondage to our Heavenly Father because we find true freedom in Him. His Word trains us, if we read and study it daily, to recognize sin and eradicate evil desires from our heart. We need to daily ask God to speak through the Bible to us so will be aware of sin in our life and to give us a desire to repent of our sin and seek to live as Christ desires for us to live.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Romans 8:14.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Help me to always resist the devil when he tempts me. Cleanse my heart of evil desires. Thank You for setting me free from being a slave to sin and giving me the desires to be a slave to righteousness.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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