Google+ 05/26/14 We Are Slaves To Whatever Controls Us!

2 Peter 2:19-21

 

They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption.

For you are a slave to whatever controls you.

And when people escape from the wickedness of the world

By knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

And then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before.

It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it

And then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.

 

In the final part of our four-part devotion series entitled, "Freedom Isn't Free!" Peter shares some important words with all of us who struggle daily to follow God.  The world makes false promises to us every day.  Some seem laughable, so we just ignore them.  Somehow a new car makes us feel like new people!  Obviously, that is ridiculous.  Some of the things the world promises, on the surface, seem believable.  That's why infomercials are such a popular and powerful way to advertise a product, service, or occupation.  There are testimonials from "real" people to explain how much money or success we can expect.  Have you ever noticed that most of these infomercials are on TV when people can't sleep and are doing nothing productive?  The entire process is a false promise.  Instead of delivering huge monetary results, these very same programs zap your last dollars out of your pocket, making the situation even more desperate.  When this happens, Peter says the world controls us. He tells us that we are slaves to whatever controls us.  If that is God, how wonderful it is to serve.  If that is the world, look out for falling rocks!  Finally, Peter tells all of us that it would be better for us to have never known Jesus than to know about Him and then reject Him.  On this Memorial Day, let's honor those that have served God and country with great pride and obedience.  When times were tough, they were still faithful.  Let's not be worldly and buy into the false promises that we hear daily.  Let's not pretend to follow God because it feels good.  Let's not dismiss God when times get tough or when important decisions must be made.  Let's remember what Joshua said.  We need to choose this day whom we will serve.  "We Are Slaves To Whatever Controls Us!"