2 Peter 2:17-19
These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. For, while speaking out arrogant words of no value they entice by fleshly desires, by indecent behavior, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what anyone is overcome, by this he is enslaved.
Thoughts from Amanda Cook
Behind the Scenes
We live in a world that tells us every day that we are FREE. We are free to do whatever we want, whenever we want, to whomever we want as long as we are not hurting anyone. It’s your body, do what you want to do with it. It’s your life, be whoever you want. You can do and be anything you want because you’re FREE.
And that’s true. We don’t live in an authoritarian regime that controls everything we do. I’m free to write whatever I want here without fear of the government barging in and taking me to jail. We have certain inalienable rights within laws that are designed to keep us free.
We also have a God that loves us so much, He allows us to follow this line of thought. He gives us free will to do and be what we want. But it’s this very line of thought, this very freedom, that ends up entrapping us, enslaving us, and holding us captive all the while believing that we are free.
That’s what these false teachers Peter warns us about were doing. They insinuated themselves into the church and “followed the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despised authority,” vs. 10. They appealed to the lustful desires of the flesh – it’s your body, do with it what you want.
Make it Real
Okay, so how am I enslaved if I’m FREE to do whatever I want? This sounds like freedom to me – and on the surface it is. But when you really look at it, you see that you are actually not free. In fact, “a man is slave to whatever has mastered him.”
Have you ever asked a drug addict if they feel free when they are desperately searching for their next high? Have you ever asked someone addicted to porn if they feel free when they are sneaking around, hiding what they are doing and looking at? Have you ever asked someone who bounces from one diet to another just to end up weighing more than when they started if they are free? Yes, on the surface they are free to smoke, look at, and eat whatever they want, but they are also held captive to the very thing they are espousing freedom in. These things end up controlling their every move, their every thought, their very lives. How is that freedom my friend?
Hear me please, God did not set up boundaries for us to keep us enslaved. He set them up to provide us true freedom. To be free from addiction, shame, and guilt. To be free to live abundantly in His love and direction. “Christ has set us free to live a free life. So, take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” Galatians 5:1 MSG.
PUT IT IN ACTION
What is keeping you enslaved that the world would tell you is your freedom? Take a step toward true freedom. Seek counsel, if need be, but walk in the freedom of Christ.
End in Prayer
I can get led astray so easily by things of this world and my “right” to be free. Help me to see what bondage I have placed myself in so I can seek You and break free. Guide me in the freedom of obedience to You. I love You Jesus!
It’s in Your mighty name I pray!