Posts Tagged ‘slavery’

Sin’s Progress

“Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.” (Psalm 19:12-13)

Remind yourself that sin has a progress! It takes you further than you want to go, costs you more than you can pay… and it keeps you longer than you intended to stay. So give it no ground! (Jms. 1:13-16)
· It goes from passing temptation to chosen thought (errors).
· It goes from chosen thought to object of meditation.
· It goes from object of meditation to wished-for fulfillment.
· It goes from wished-for fulfillment to planned action (secret faults).
· It goes from planned action to opportunity sought.
· It goes from opportunity sought to performed act.
· It goes from action to repeated action.
· It goes from repeated action to delight (presumptuous sins).
· It goes from delight to new and various ways.
· It goes from new and various ways to habit. (idolatry)
· It goes from habit to idolatry, demanding to be served.
· It goes from idolatry to sacrifice.
· It goes from sacrifice to slavery. (bondage & dominion over me)

We can fight the good fight of faith: (2 Cor. 10:3-6)(Eph. 6:10-18)
1st) Pull down strongholds of the mind
2nd) Cast down everything that argues with the knowledge of God
3rd) Bring every thought into obedience to Christ
4th) Punish all disobedience, when obedience is achieved

Recognize that you do not have to open the door, when thoughts come knocking at your heart… don’t think about, meditate upon or even entertain evil thoughts, because they aim to rob you of your peace and joy in Christ! Hide the Word of God in your heart! (Psa. 119:11)(Heb. 4:12)

Source of Intimidation

Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Mt. 22:36-37)

When God commands us to love Him with all of our heart, soul and mind; it is not because He has a big ego. It is because He has designed love to be the fabric that holds all things together. Jesus even made the comment about Himself, “If you loved Me, you will obey Me” (Jn. 14:15). In this He is emphasizing the idea that obedience is a by-product of living in the fabric of love. Love motivates like nothing else in life. Love is the greatest of all virtues and when it is at the source of our living, everything fits tightly and responds appropriately. Love never fails (1 Cor. 13:8).

The “Goliath Threat” - Intimidation:

I was reading the story of David’s conquest over the bully Goliath the other day and something caught my eye (1 Sam. 17). A footnote in my Bible at verse 8 makes reference to the people of Israel being “servants of Saul”. I thought the people of Isreal were still servants of God… but in fact, what Goliath had uncovered was Israel’s greatest weakness and the source of all intimidation. 

“What Goliath had uncovered was Israel’s greatest weakness and the source of all intimidation.”

Israel wanted a king to rule over them, because the neighboring nations had a king… and they did not care what God thought about it. God had clarified to Israel how a king would treat them, how a king would rule over them and leave them with a bitter taste in their mouths. They would feel a false sense of security, while they would become lulled into slavery again… and with slavery comes fear and an open door for intimidation. 

“With slavery to man’s opinions of ourselves, comes fear and an open door for intimidation.”

God is a Father!

The difficult truth is that a king is unable to “father”. A king would never rule by love or carry a people through the wilderness on eagles wings, as God had done for Israel (Exod. 19:4). A king would not meet their daily needs. Yet, God had given them daily bread, a cloud for shade in the daytime and a fire to warm them by night. He had protected them, provided for them and restored them when they had hardships or problems. He kept them from sickness and disease; even their clothes did not wear out, nor their feet swell during those 40 years in the wilderness (Deut. 8:4). God chose to “father” them, because of His love for them.

A king is not a “father”; and to reject fathering by choosing a king, opens the door to relying on human frailty rather than God’s love.

In hindsight its easy to see the silliness of trusting in a king; who is bound by human frailty, rather than trusting in God who holds the universe in the palm of His hand. Yet, the real issue is love! Living in love and being fathered is a lifestyle of accountability. It requires trust, relationship, honor and responsibility.

…But what it offers in return; is supernatural… in strength, confidence and reliability. Because God is a Father!

“A Father of the fatherless, a Defender of widows is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary (orphan) in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” (Ps. 68:5-6)