Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
August 27 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 7
Food for Thought: Prov. 7:13-15
When people practice a religion instead of a relationship with the Father, then it is quite convenient for them to go through religious rites in anticipation for future sin or to deal with past sin as a way to avoid being held accountable for their actions. For them, the religious hoops to jump through becomes a free pass to sin.
The adulterous woman of Proverbs 7 said impudently to her would-be companion, “I have peace offerings with me; today I have paid my vows. So I came out to meet you, diligently to seek your face.” In other words, “I’ve fulfilled the religious requirements to care of my sin, and I am good to go until the next offering. I’ve covered my tracks with God. Nothing will happen to us.” The apostle Paul dealt with a similar situation with people who basically said, “Well, the sacrifice of Jesus has been made, so I am covered. Nothing will happen to me, so I can continue appeasing any and all fleshly desires (ignoring the fact that sin produces natural consequences and opens the door to the devil).” Paul responds to that attitude in Romans 6:1-7:
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.”
Christians may have struggles with certain weaknesses and sins in their flesh, but they should never use the blood of Jesus as a free pass to continue to willingly sin. If they truly love God and appreciate the enormous, beyond-measure sacrifice that was made, they will not even want to sin. What’s more, a true born-again believer in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord has died to sin. The “old man” was crucified with Him and the “new man” is not a slave to sin, “for he who has died has been freed from sin (vs. 7).”
Remaining in the freedom that the Lord has provided is a choice. Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast (firm) therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” So if there is any tendency to fall into a sin, the believer can by faith receive the truth from the Word that he/she is free from sin and is no longer a slave to sin. Then the Lord steps in and helps him/her in the weakness to walk in the freedom that He has provided for.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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