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Monday, April 24, 2017

A SLAVE NO MORE

“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 New Living Translation
     The Apostle Peter uses terminology that references our slavery to sin. Paul wrote of this in his letter to the Romans believers. He mentions it in Romans 6:18 “Now you are free from your slavery to sin and you have become slaves to righteous living” and again in Romans 7:14 “So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin.” So if we were slaves to sin, it is necessary for someone to pay a ransom to free us from our slavery. This was not a monetary exchange to purchase us, but rather a blood sacrifice that removed our sin and our desire to do so.
     Although we no longer have a desire to sin, sin is constantly calling to us in the form of temptation. It takes a firm believer with unwavering faith and trust in God to ward off temptation. At times it is our constant companion. As we rebuke the devil and his demonic minions in the name of Jesus, we are then free to walk in the spirit again. It can be a treacherous walk because the enemy of our soul is always looking for a soft spot in our armor to plunge a dagger, thus weakening us.   
     Know whose you are and who you are in him. That knowledge can free you from any tentacles temptations may attempt to ensnare you in. We are children of the one true King and shall never be put to shame if we walk the path he has laid before us. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.

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