Freedom From the Cage

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I very much appreciated and was struck by the illustration Chris shared in his message yesterday of our sin nature being like a cage. Before I became a Christian, I was stuck in a cage, barred in on all four sides, and was forced to listen to some dude barking orders at me from outside the cage. The cage is my sin, and the guy giving orders is my sin nature. When I crossed the line of faith in Christ and became regenerated, I was brought out of that cage and no longer had to take orders from my sin nature – I was free! I have been given the capacity to please God and live for Him! And yet, sometimes I still decide to get back in that cage and take orders from the sin nature.

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When we think about it in these terms, it doesn?t really make sense why we would ever get back in the cage and listen to the sin nature again, does it? So it made me wonder, why do we do it? Here?s a few reasons why I think we sometimes give in to our sin nature, even though we no longer have to:

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-We are creatures of habit. If we?ve been struggling with a certain sin our entire life, it doesn?t just go away the moment we put our faith in Christ. Old habits die hard. (Romans 7:18-20)

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-Everyone else is doing it. Sometimes it?s just easy to go with the flow and mimic what the culture and the world around us is doing, even though God tells us that we have been set apart to live for Him. (1 Peter 2:9-10)

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-It?s easy. All it takes is one little decision, one turn down the wrong path, and we find ourselves taking orders from Mr. Sin Nature again. (James 1:14-15)

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-It feels good. Sin often brings us pleasure, but it is always short-lived. (Hebrews 11:24-25)

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Despite the fact that we do still sin as Christians, the Bible teaches that we will have an attitude of repentance when we do sin. Not only that, but there will be evidence (fruit) in our lives that we are followers of Christ, if we have truly placed our faith and trust in Him.

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Heavenly Father, thank You for sending us Your Holy Spirit to indwell us and to give us the ability to live for You and to please You. Strengthen us by the power of that same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead and who lives in us, to say no to sin and to live the life that You have called us to live. In Jesus? Name, Amen.

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~Scott