I was reading notes from a devotion I did on Psalm 14 on January 14th, & in reading over them, more words came to me.
“The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God’.” (verse 1) As a result of this unbelief & denial, he is “corrupt. . .[& does] abominable deeds”. (verse 1)
When we reject God & don’t come before him in humble repentance, we are enslaving ourselves to sin.
“But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. . .For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.” (Romans 6:17-18, 19b)
Sin sometimes look deceptively like freedom. The protective, good boundaries the Lord has set for us can look restraining, even imprisoning. What is liberating (Christ) can sometimes seem like bondage, & what is holding you in bondage (sin) can deceive you to make you think it’s liberating. It’s a twisted way that Satan tricks people all the time.
We all know this in our heads, but to get the truth to transfer from our head to our hearts always proves to be way more difficult.
Allow me to encourage you:
Sin is pleasurable for a time (Hebrews 11:25), but it is never, ever liberating – even though it promises so.
This is one of the many the differences between sin & our faithful God is that He always keeps His promises. Always. & sin never does.
Whatever sin you’re currently struggling with, I pray that you would look at it in light of eternity. I pray that you’d see that it isn’t worth it to grieve your God just to have pleasure for a time, as it says in Hebrews. I pray that you would see the liberation of our salvation & the beauty of our Lord. He is always faithful, & a relationship with Him is never imprisoning or a burden.
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3