Who are you a slave to?

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Good day everyone!  I was led to this message for everyone to reflect on. I didn’t understand this until I gave my heart to Christ and was born again. Salvation gave me a whole different perspective about the life I used to live. The truth is I can’t believe some of the things I did, not to mention some of the things I said. It never registered with me that the lifestyle I had chosen was nothing more than a life of sin. In fact, I never gave it a second thought. I saw nothing wrong with how I was living. That is, not until I asked Jesus to come live in my heart. Sin is natural for the unbeliever. Just like taking a breath, it’s not something I thought about. I was programmed to do it and did not have the moral compass to point me in the right direction. I hope this message will minster and encourage you too. Love you all.

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“Used to be slaves to sin.”

“But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.” Romans 6:17

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But I am so grateful that I have that compass now. Sin is no longer the natural thing for me to do because just as the Paul promised, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). That’s an important point for the Christian to understand. It is no longer natural for us to sin. That’s why Numbers 15:30 says, “But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or alien, blasphemes the Lord.” To put it more bluntly, you cannot think of your body as a temple for the Holy Spirit and also believe that sin is the natural thing to do.

The Bible makes it clear that Christians can and will sin, there is no disputing this. But when we do sin, an alarm is supposed to go off and we are expected to do something about it. In other words, habitual sin is no longer a choice for us. The Apostle John put it this way: “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9) If you’re continuing to commit the same old sins, day in and day out, something is terribly wrong. Habitual sin is evidence of rebellion and rebellion will affect the quality of your relationship with Christ. Paul realized that when he said, “What shall we say, then?  Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means!  We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1-2) Paul knew and taught that continued sin would adversely affect our faith, the very thing that makes a relationship with God possible.

So what’s the answer? How do we escape the destruction that sin brings to life? Jesus said, “By their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:16) In other words, when the Holy Spirit convicts you about something you’re doing, stop doing it. Ask the Lord to help you with it. Seek His forgiveness and allow Him to help you change.

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About Jesus is a safe harbor

I am a follower of Jesus. I am a grateful delivered woman who was once an addict, but now God has restored me and renewed me. I have been redeemed and remade by our Creator through salvation of His Son, Jesus Christ! I just want to share what God has done in my life that you may have the opportunity to experience the same joy He gave me. I give God all the glory for everything in my life for I couldn't accomplish anything apart from Him. If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free, John 8:32. He puts people in my life that help me and gives me the opportunity to help another. I am never surprised by his love and blessings. God has placed a confidence and love in myself that I have never had before… so "Thank you God".. for the many True Blue Christians you have put in my life and for all the blessings you bestow on me daily. I have not come this far without lots of prayers and the help and love of my true friends and family and I thank you God for those special people in my life. You are 100% my Savior! I will forever have your name on my lips. I realize now with lots of prayer and reading of the Word… that all the answers were here for me and I never asked the questions. Although I still struggle daily with other life’s daily cards that are dealt, I have an attitude now of “NO MATTER WHAT “– I will praise You, Lord~~~through my storms and my triumphs! I have much more to share and would love to answer any questions anyone may have for through all my trials what has come to be is that I want to help others to see what I didn’t see and hopefully prevent the same hurts, guilt, shame and woes that I had to deal with and give them the best gift of all… JESUS! I believe it's important that we know who we are in God ... We are a one of a kind and God has made us like no other for a purpose- His purpose. Yes, bad things happen and yes, we make poor choices, but we don't have to continue to make them. God's mercies are new each day. Once we realize, know and most importantly believe who we are in Christ, that we are a child of God, we are not an accident, and whatever the circumstances before us each day no matter what they are... God gives us the choice and the power of Him to choose right and live right. We no longer have to live in the past, but in the present and look with expectation to the future with God by our side guiding us and directing our steps. He is our strength and our hope needs to reside in Him. Let his power and love work in your life today and see that life does not have to be the way you are living now. He wants to help you, but you have to let him. He can't make us come to him, he is not lost - WE ARE! Please share this blog with others to encourage them for the glory of God!
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