Bondage Comes From Misuse of Liberty

We all have time, talents, and treasures. As God’s stewards, we must recognize that these are not possessions but resources entrusted to us by God to apportion according to His value system. When we abuse our freedom and start doing as we please in these areas rather than obeying Him, we fall into bondage. Our Lord asks us to give Him our time, so we can be free from overcommitted schedules; our talents, so we can be fulfilled; our treasures, so we can be free from the tyranny of living for this world.

Pray that by obeying Him, you can find true freedom: “Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens! Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary” (Psalm 96:4-6).

Now pray this confession to the Lord to keep your life free from sin and in fellowship with Him: “May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere” (Psalm 67:1-2).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with God’s will, voice your affirmation of His Word: “Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord” (Psalm 25:6-7).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:

  • Wise use of gifts and liberties,
  • Freedom and holiness in Christ,
  • Development of your talents.

Now close with this prayer, thanking the Lord for entrusting us with His earth and natural resources: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths” (Psalm 24:1-2).

“Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who hadthe power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying” (Hebrews 2:14-15).

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