Bible reading today:

Jeremiah 37 and 38, Psalm 83, Proverbs 5, Acts 15.

Today’s scripture verse:

Isaiah 58:6. Isn’t this the fast I choose: To break the chains of wickedness, to untie the ropes of the yoke, to set the oppressed free, and to tear off every yoke?

You know the devil has chains of sin, and even though we except Christ and have our salvation secure we still encounter these chains.  Some chains are small, and easily shaken, while others are quite heavy, and are not so easily shaken.  Some people have small chains, and others have large chains, and others have both.  Lot’s wife had a chain in her short life.  The angel told Lot, and his family to leave Sodom, and Gomorrah, and not to look back, but Lot’s wife could not let go of her past, and just had to get one more look, she was turned into a pillar of salt.  Is there any truth to be learned from this?  Absolutely, God says don’t do something, He means what He says.  If we have a sin chain on us for which ever reason, and can’t seem to get it off, we have to look at ourselves, and realize we are the problem not God.  God has given us power over sin through Jesus Christ our Lord, and Savior.  We have to rebuke Satan, and get in prayer when those temptations come.  Pulling our support from Jesus who strengthens us.  There is no sin that is not common to man.  Jesus dealt with it and so can we.  Surrender all, and be one with Christ, knowing that He is for us and not against us.  We come and try to accomplish work for Jesus, and it seems that we take one step forward, and two steps back, why is that?  Because of sinful chains we are dragging around that have not completely come off.  This is why God can’t use us.  If there is any sin in me that has not been confessed, and dealt with then it is a hindrance to Gods Holy work, but only as I am concerned.  God will still get the job done, He will simply use someone else.  I, for one don’t want God using other people to get my heavenly rewards, so I have to come, and surrender all to the completion of Gods work and plan for me. I am responsible for me, not you, or anyone else when it comes to our sinful conditions. God holds each of us to our own decisions on sin, and life, and He will be the judge over us, and not someone down the street.