2 Peter 2:19
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
As we read the Bible certain verses remain in our thinking, this verse is one of those to me. Throughout my life I have seen in my own life and in the lives of many others how the promises of sin to greater liberty always lead to greater bondage. You pick the sin, it will never bring greater liberty but will only bring greater bondage and slavery.
Satan is the master deceiver of all times. He has trained his unholy hosts in the art of deception. Not only is Satan a deceiver but he himself has been deceived by his own lies so that he actually believes that he will be as great as God, one day. Given the right circumstances, he will overcome God’s plans, destroy God’s people and win in the end. As a deceived leader, Satan seeks to convince all of us that following Him or following the flesh or following the world is a good thing and really won’t hurt us.
Satan brings to mind people we know or read about who “made it” as sinners. That is, they lived successful and fun lives enjoying their sin as they went. He then wants us to think that we too can sin without any real consequence and definitely without any chains. Only in Christ, he says, are there chains that keep us from doing what we really want to do.
Satan is insidious, conscious-less, heartless, and fearless in his attacks upon us. So, when he tells us, at any level, that the sin we are tempted with, whether a sin of the flesh, spirit or of faith, he, as a slave of corruption, cannot deliver on his promise of liberty. How can one slave promise another slave freedom by doing what he is doing? Satan is a slave of his own nature and his own predetermined end. How can he offer any liberty to anyone?
So, when we listen, at any level, to Satan’s offers of liberty by following him, the world, or the flesh, we are headed only to greater bondage, never to more liberty. In Romans 6 we are told that we can become slaves to righteousness. That is the slavery I want. That is the slavery that ends in true liberty. “Dear God, make the choices of liberty and bondage very clear to our understanding and very obvious to our vision today.”
As we prepare for our Wednesday night prayer, studies and childrens and teen groups, let’s prepare our hearts by seeking the Lord throughout the day. Ask God to bring the children and teens who need to be here and that those who come will truly benefit by the lessons they hear. Ask the Lord to prepare our hearts for prayer that as we come to Him with worship, praise and prayer that He will hear and will open the windows of heaven upon our church.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS