Entanglements

Posted on February 6, 2012 by

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Sin That Entangles Us

Daily Devotional for Monday, February 6th, 2012
–from Blackaby.net

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Hebrews 12:1


Sin is our most persistent, determined, and pernicious enemy. Sin seeks to rob us of every good thing God has designed for us. Paul tells us that sin brings death (Rom. 7:11). Yet it is very subtle. Sin creeps into our lives when and where we least expect it. It packages itself so attractively that we are lulled into thinking that it cannot really harm us (2 Cor. 11:14-15).

Sin stealthily and relentlessly entangles our lives. We will never be able to run the race marked out for us as long as we are entrapped in sin. We free ourselves from sin’s only if we recognize it for what it is. If we call sin a “mistake,” a “bad habit,” or a “weakness,” we will never escape its grasp. We must not blame our sins on others. We must not allow pride to convince us it is too humiliating to admit the sin in our lives. Sin can blind us to its presence. It does not always command our attention but rather, it subtly and pervasively robs us of the spiritual power and victory that could be ours. The good news is that there is no extent to which sin can entangle us that God’s grace does not abound still more to free us (Rom. 5:20).

Has sin robbed your joy? Has it prevented you from being the best husband, wife, son, daughter, or friend you could be? Is it keeping you from spiritual maturity? If you have become entangled with sin, God can release you immediately, no matter how desperately entangled you may have become!
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Modern day philosophers (echoing ancient day philosophers) don’t like the term “Sin” (or “evil”, either, for that matter). I’ve seen it called everything from “levels, +/-, of empathy” to “dancing to our DNA” – but that’s simply man attempting to rationalize his behavior (both personally & as a culture).

Ironically, it’s man’s sinful nature that causes him to repackage the very nature of sin. But it’s deceptive, real and a very real stumbling block to our relationship with our Creator. The solution is a transforming  of our minds…a transformation that begins with an admission, and then a surrender, to the one who can free us from sin’s deadly grasp; Jesus Christ. Christ became sin for us, experiencing the Father’s full wrath, unto death…

…the Good News is that Christ also defeated death & our appointment with the eternal grave; but ONLY if you accept His sacrifice on your behalf.

Wrestling with sin? Here’s a great place to start:

John 3:16

New International Version (NIV)

 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

–g.a.b.
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