By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Breaking free is a reminiscence of the cry of David in the 40th Psalm: I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined to me, and heard by prayer. He brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He put a new song in my mouth, even praise to my God.
David had a sure hope and firm expectation of God's help, and assistance, in being delivered in a time of duress. David wrote many psalms relating to His faith in God. In the 38th Psalm he prayed a prayer of repentance: There is no rest in my bones because of my sin. Forsake me not, O Lord; make haste to help me, O Lord of my salvation.
There is a great need of breaking free from the restraints of sin, in a world that has made it readily available, because of losing sight of a godly nature. Breaking free can only happen with a return to the God of one's youth.
The sinfulness of this world is exceeding the pre-Flood period of Noah, the Sodom and Gomorrah era, and Babylon which was the hold of every foul spirit. Many who have knowledge of God's Word can see a similarity to that of Lot who was delivered from Sodom; but not before being troubled with the filthy conduct of the wicked (2 Peter 2:7).
If one has not become blinded by the acceptability of today's ungodliness; it should be troublesome to them as that of Lot: For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, tormented his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds (2 Peter 2:8).
Breaking free was not easy for Lot; for when the angels of the Lord attempted to lead him out of Sodom, prior to its destruction, Lot lingered. The angels of the Lord had to laid hold upon him, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful, to bring them forth form that city (Genesis 19:16).
They were instructed by the angels to escape for their lives and not look back. Then the Lord rained fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah from out of heaven. But Lot's wife looked back and she become a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:24). What so captivated Lot that he lingered? What so captivated his wife that she looked back? What would so captivate the heart of one today should destruction, that is foretold in God's Word, be forthcoming?
As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of man (or the coming of the Lord). Likewise as it was in the days of Lot; they eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built: but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Even so shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be on the housetop, and his possessions in the house, let him not come down to retrieve them, let him not turn back. Remember Lot's wife (Luke 17:26-32).
The heavens and the earth, which are now, are kept in store, reserved unto fire until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7). The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10).
Nevertheless we (the believers in Christ), according to his promise look for new heavens, and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. Seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:13-14).
One is to hold fast the profession of faith without wavering. Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more as we see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:23-25).
Breaking free of a world system that does not pursue knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and if it does, only to suit one's own fancy rather than a Christlike spirit. There is ungodliness that is being pursued, with no desire of breaking free, but rather to relish that which is being partaken of, with pride rather than reproach.
However, there is an escape from the things of this world when one looks toward a heavenly gain through Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. Scripture reveals: If the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) shall make you free, you shall be free indeed (John 3:36). Free indeed is a true freedom from the clutches of sin; and the miry clay that attempts to hold one there, until freedom in Christ is a reality.
A Bible commentary noted: We are born in sin, and the servants of it; Christ makes us free from sin; from the bondage and servitude to it, from the power and dominion, and from the guilt of punishment for it, by procuring the pardon of those sins through His atoning blood, shed on the cross of Calvary, making one free of its clutches (1 John 1:7). If we confess our sins, he (the Lord Jesus Christ) is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). It takes a repentant heart to be a recipient of God's forgiveness through His Son.
Breaking free from the restraints of sin is impossible; without crying out to the one who is able to set one free (the Lord Jesus Christ). It is as a magnet; a device that attracts, as flowers are an attractor to bees. Sin becomes the center of attraction, the center of one's consciousness, interest, bring the prime focus, rather than the one who can set one free from its influence.
Breaking free is to destroy its continuity; as that of a magnet's drawing power, to dissolve or terminate its affect, to escape its influence. It takes confessing one's sins, making Christ one's Lord and Savior, to be freed of sins dominion (1 John 2:1-2).
I once seen a butterfly caught in the snare of a spider's web. I leaned over and freed it from its entrapment, for the spider had not yet began its devious work, and it flew up freed!
It was a beautiful sight to behold, and that is what God wants to see in His people, freed from the temptations that so readily ensnares them in our modern day culture. He gave us His best in providing His only begotten Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), as an atonement for our sins, which breaks us free from a sinful life; to freedom given through Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Breaking free from the ugliness of what the spider was going to do, was undone by a moment of kindness, and such is the beauty of salvation that frees one from the ugliness of a sin-filled life into the beauty of holiness.
Being made free from sin, we become servants to God, having our fruit unto holiness; and the end everlasting life (Romans 6:22). Once freed, , we are to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and to be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1).
God has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son (the Lord Jesus Christ). In whom we have redemption; or freedom through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14).
Darkness is the state in which unbelievers exist, namely that of spiritual ignorance, with the attending immorality and misery. The apostle Paul identified the reason for such a state of existence: If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are perishing; in whom the god of this world (or Satan) has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
We live in a world that has become blinded to the disastrous results of a sin-filled world. Breaking free from such is often hindered by those who paint a pretty picture of its pleasures.
Moses, when he was come of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt (Hebrews 11:24-26).
Sin could be likened to a life of pleasure, of one's own choosing, but with disastrous results in the end. Scripture reveals: Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust (or desire), and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin: and sin when it is finished, brings forth death (James 1:14-15).
A Sunday school commentary noted: Sin will do three things in one's life: It will take one where they never intended to go; it will keep one longer than they intended to stay; and it will cost one more than they intended to pay.
Sin is a costly business that separates people from God. Breaking free requires genuine repentance which brings forgiveness and restoration to God; through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who paid the ultimate price to free us from sin. The shedding of His precious blood, for the remission of sins (1 John 2:1-2), which frees us from the clutches of sin and the lifestyle associated with it.
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