Slave to Sin OR Slave to Righteousness

This morning my cousin tagged me in an atheist post on Facebook.

It was a meme that said, “If God created man and angels but only gave man free will, doesn’t that mean that the angels are slaves and that satan and his followers fought for their freedom?”

That meme really got me thinking.  I’m not going to go into the ‘free will’ aspects of it, but the ‘slave’ part.

Dictionary.com defines “Slave” as a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bond servant.

No one wants to be a slave, do they?  But are we ever truly free?

If you go through the Bible you’ll discover that everyone is a slave to something.

Here’s what Paul has to say in Romans 6:16-23


“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey – whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?  But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.  You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.  I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves.  Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.  When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.  What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of?  Those things result in death!  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


Paul is saying you’re either slave to sin or a slave to righteousness.

Think about your life… what sins have you been a slave to?  How did you overcome them?

Regards to the meme, it looks like satan and his followers fought for their freedom from righteousness to become slaves to sin.  Not a good choice.

Would you rather be a slave to the world (which leads to death) or a slave to God (which leads to eternal life)?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Now go out and be a light in the world!

Merry Christmas!!!

It’s the day we celebrate our Savior’s birth, and I just thought I’d share with you this beautiful song by the talented Lauren Daigle.  It’s a great song for Christmas day.  It speaks volumes… literally!


“I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -Jesus (John 8:12)


Have a very Merry Christmas!  🙂

Light of the World by Lauren Daigle


“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” -James 1:17

Love is…

If someone was to ask you, “How would you define love?” how would you respond?
 
Dictionary.com defines love as:
  1. A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
  2. A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.

It’s how we all usually define love, no?

But, what does scripture have to say about love?  How does scripture define love?

Take it away, Paul!

“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-8

What wise words form a wise man.

Now I want you to replace LOVE with your name.  So for me it would be:

David is patient.
David is kind.
David does not envy.
David does not boast.
David is not proud.
David is not rude.
David is not self-seeking.
David is not easily angered.
David keeps no record of wrongs.
David does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
David always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Wow!  How powerful is that just by replacing one word with your name!

Now I must admit, I’m not all of those.  Heck, I can see me being all of these at times, which means I have a lot of work to do.  It also gives me a lot to think about…

How about you?  What do you need to work on when it comes to love?

“And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13

Love never fails!

Words of Encouragement

Lately I’ve been thinking that we could all use a little encouragement, especially around all of the holidays.  Which, I hear Christmas is the most depressing time of the year for many people (and it shouldn’t be).

So I normally make posts online or try to say some encouraging words to people I come across.

One thing I’ve noticed is that people actually take a likening the encouraging words, especially some encouraging scripture passages.

Here’s a few verses to help you with getting started to encourage others!

Remember, we’re all faces trials of many kinds.  Why not help lift someone up who is in need… It’s as simple as saying a few encouraging words.


“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” -Ephesians 4:29

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” -Hebrew 3:13

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:27


And, my favorite passage in the Bible…

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” -2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Comfort those with the comfort you have received from God!

Keep spreading the love!

Create In Me A Pure Heart

Yesterday I went to my first Worship Night at my church.

I’ll tell you what… it was refreshing, especially during this time of the year with all of the hustle and bustle going around.  You know, all the worldly chatter.

Got to sing praises to our Father in Heaven.  What’s better than that?!  And He definitely gave rest for my soul.  Ah… refreshing.

So in-between songs there were Bible verses on the screen, and this one really caught my eye which I want to share with you:


“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” -Psalm 51:10-12


What a beautiful passage.

Dwell on it for a while…  We could all use a pure heart from God.