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The Bondage of Sin

Description

Sin enslaves us, but repentance sets us free.

Judges 2

The Israelites begin worshipping Baal, a god of Canaan.

INSIGHT

There is a distinct pattern of events that begins to unfold in Judges. The children of Israel fall into sin and begin worshiping other gods. Sin is followed by servitude. The Lord causes other nations to rise up in judgment and enslave Israel. Israel cries out to God for deliverance, and the Lord delivers them by raising up a judge to lead them to victory. Then the land has rest until that judge dies and the cycle begins again: sin, servitude, supplication, salvation, and silence. Sin is always followed by bondage. Repentance frees.

PRAYER

Because God always honors our obedience to Him, we praise Him:

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

O Lord my God, You are very great:

You are clothed with honor and majesty,

Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,

Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain....

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

May the Lord rejoice in His works.

May sinners be consumed from the earth,

And the wicked be no more....

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Praise the Lord! (Psalm 104:1-2, 31, 35).

Pause for personal praise and thanksgiving.

Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:

There is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20). Thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: "In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength" (Isaiah 30:15).

Pause to pray this affirmation to the Lord:

Our light affliction, which is but for a moment,

is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,

while we do not look at the things which are seen,

but at the things which are not seen.

For the things which are seen are temporary,

but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, pray for:

  • Greater wisdom for living
  • The needs of your family
  • Your activities for the day

Offer this closing prayer to the Lord:

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

Be acceptable in Your sight,

O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14).

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