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SPIRITUAL CAPTIVITY

March 17, 2014

Monday

John 8:34

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

 

EXAMPLE

A well-to-do man advertised for a chauffeur. Three applicants came. His first question was, “How close to the edge of a cliff can you drive without going over?” One man said, “A yard.” Another said, “A foot.” The third said, “I always try to keep as far away as possible.” The third man got the job. He who underestimates the strength of an enemy is in danger of defeat.

– Unknown

 

LESSON

Sin is nothing to play with. It has the strength to defeat you if you get too close to it with excessive confidence in your own strength.

There is only one remedy for sin–the precious blood of Christ, which was shed for the remission of sins on Calvary’s Cross. Jesus frees us completely from the chains and guilt of sin. We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. I have heard others, and I have heard myself, recounting cruelties and falsehoods committed in boyhood as if they were no concern of the present speaker’s, and even with laughter. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin. The guilt is washed out not by time but by repentance and the blood of Christ.

 

Memory Verse: Luke 4:18

 

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