Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3
The Lord gave me a vivid picture of one of the ways sin
affects our lives. Though the vision was
nothing more than a brief flash it was the kind of thing that demonstrates how
a picture is worth a thousand words.
I saw a
large, brown bear with a leash around its neck performing in a circus.
The leash was being held by the woman trainer who was dressed in
provocative circus garb. The bear was ‘dancing to her tune’ so to speak and looked not only
incongruous but ridiculous and pathetic.
A bear isn’t meant to be dancing in a circus
and led around by a leash. He’s meant to be in the forest, free
and powerful, to be what he was created to be. Of course
we, as Christians, are represented by the bear and the woman in the costume is
a picture of the way Satan entices and entraps.
followers of Christ we are meant to be liberated from the chains that bind us
and not become entangled with binding sins which only serve to degrade and
humiliate us. We are meant to be set
apart as holy to the Lord God Almighty. May the Lord bless you and keep you, Holly
"Don't you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master? You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive His approval. Thank God! Once you were slaves to sin, but now you have obeyed with all your heart the new teaching God has given you. Now you are free from sin, your old master, and you have become slaves to your new master, righteousness.
I speak this way, using the illustration of slaves and masters, because it is easy to understand. Before, you let yourselves be slaves of impurity and lawlessness. Now you must choose to be slaves of righteousness so that you will become holy.
In those days, when you were slaves of sin, you weren't concerned with ding what was right. And what was the result? It was not good, since now you are ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."