Posted by: Joe Palmer | February 4, 2012

Choosing Our Prison









Choosing our Prison

“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. For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.”  (2 Peter 2:19–20 NKJV)

Freedom is the ability to do whatever you want.  Sounds good, but is it?  Even in my own home I can’t do whatever I want because other people live with me. It is a small trade off for the joy of having a family.

Give a mature person freedom and they will use it wisely.  Freedom is easily abused unless we practice self discipline.  Just look around and you will see people who are free, but make bad choices with their freedom. We all do it from time to time. Perhaps we overindulge in food because we are free to eat what we want.  We don’t exercise because we are free to do what we want.  We stay up too late, because we are free to do what we want.  Overtime these choices will impact our health.

Some people take a much more dangerous path: drugs, alcohol, sexual promiscuity.  They are free to do what they want. It doesn’t take long until those choices, become habits, habits become lifestyles, and those lifestyles become addictions.  Nothing is more addictive and dangerous than sin.

Many times what looks like freedom is really a trap that enslaves us.  We become enslaved. We are taken into bondage.  Even those of us who have been set free from sin by Jesus can become entangled again.

Have you ever thought how in our freedom we sometimes choose our own prison?  We choose by our actions what enslaves us?  In God’s house however we are truly free.  Yes, we are free, and remain free because we choose to be a slave to obey his will in our lives.  By our obedience he keeps us from being enslaved to sin and it’s powerful forces.  It is small trade off. 

“But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.” (Romans 6:22 NKJV)

Joe Palmer


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