After we are born again, Every course of action, every decisions we make is a trade. If we are going to the right, then we have traded everything found on the left for what is found on the right. We missed everything found on the left side to discover all that was on the right side.
Take for example sin. On life’s narrow road, sin is bound to appear to drive us off course. If we choose sin, say lust or anger, we (though we may not see it) are trading away the blessing of remaining faithful over pleasure/revenge for a season. As Paul wrote under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, let us work out our Salvation with fear and trembling.
Holiness and Sin are two separate roads. If you choose sin then whatever benefits were on the road of Holiness you miss out. The devil has robbed you from it! I will not say he has robbed you of your salvation for we do have a great mediator between man and God who will get us back on the right road if we are willing to repent from our sinful ways. That Man of course is Jesus but herein lies the Danger:
Sin hardens the heart with unbelief (Hebrews 3). Without belief how can we have faith in Jesus? Without faith in Jesus there is no Salvation. So then cease and stand against whatever sin you have notice in your life that has risen against you; else if you continue giving in, it will harden your heart with unbelief.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ” – Galatians 5:1
Freedom is something very few people have in this free country. Many are imprisoned in their very own minds. Cells of Anxiety, Worry, Fear, and Despair is what people (even followers of Christ) are getting themselves into. And why? Because they have chosen to trade their freedom, peace, and joy which is found in Christ (without realizing it) for sin which leads according to God’s Word into slavery:
“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” – Romans 6:16
Satan may trick us with “well, God will forgive you if you give in.” What he’s not telling you is the very fact that once you give in, you are blindly rejecting God’s blessing; or worst than that, you are handing over the course of your life to be a prisoner of that sin; which may in-turn lead you further and further away from true repentance! Should we really believe that sin doesn’t come with a price, that we can just give into it and expect little consequences? No, the consequences are big and long lasting unless the Lord comes to our aid and breaks those chains! How will Jesus come to our aid if we are not willing to leave that sin but to continue in it?
When temptation comes it does so to oppress us. The word oppress means to exercise dominion over. The whole goal of sin is to make us it’s slaves. It comes to bother us until we give in. Sin is resisted through faith in Jesus (1 Peter 5:9) through the truth of God’s Word. Once you taste freedom you’ll think twice before going back to that sinful habit! I personally believe that any sinful habit will stop us from entering God’s Kingdom (Hebrews 12:14). God doesn’t care if the majority are doing it! (Stop comparing yourself with others!) God is very serious about sin because He knows the depressive effects of it!
Are you trading Away your life for sin?
At the gas station where I work there was a customer I had not seen for months. About a week or so I saw him and he was in complete utter ruin. This man had traded his life, strength, decency, car, marriage and money over drugs. I was shocked and without words when I saw him.
We look past what we may get ourselves into with sin but please listen, the cost is dangerous. When we become prisoners of sin we will feel like actual prisoners: Sad, lonely, in Despair, worried. In Jesus we have Joy, Peace, Self-Control, Meekness. Do you have these things beloved? Don’t lie to yourself! One way to know we are in Jesus is if we have the fruits of the Spirit, liberty to Obey His Voice and not to be in constant fear or worry (because those things are from the devil and the flesh and are probably in some cases the result of giving into sin). Here are some examples of the invisible chains people get bound by:
Some trade their joy and peace for pornography (Which when the moment is over, what they really traded their joy and peace was for chains of despair and fear) I personally believe if this bad habit continues in a persons life, then I assume there is no entrance for them in Heaven. Think about this for a moment. True Repentance is when a person never returns to that particular sin he or she is given too. David never returned back to adultery, The prodigal son never went back to his old life style, and Peter never denied Jesus again. This is something we must deal with in our life through Faith in God, spiritual warfaring, fasting, Obedience of God’s Word, and crying out to God to be free.
Others trade their time and attention for video games, anime, and tv shows (Then soon without realizing it, become consumed by worthless things which did not impact their lives but wasted it instead; having at the end to give account of their Talents to Jesus at judgment day, who is also the great Judge of us all)
Then there are those who physically trade in their health, money, and family over drugs and for what? May God have mercy for the end of all these things is death and hell.But there is hope in Jesus Christ who can break every chain and loosen every prisoner, when we come to Him in Faith.
“Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: Therefore He brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.
Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”