Free from the bondage of sin

Genesis 20:1-18

Genesis 20: 9, “Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.”

Many times we do things that should not be done. We fall into sin. How do you pray to overcome temptation and to get away from sin? God restores the sinner who repents. God calls believers to abandon their plans and to follow His plans. Obedience to God prepares the way to reconciliation with others. Have you recently asked for forgiveness from God for your sin? What emotions did you experience following forgiveness?  Perhaps it was joy, or relief or peace. What does it mean to ask for and receive forgiveness?

Maybe you know people of strong faith in God that others admire. Perhaps they have trusted in God even when they passed through sickness or trouble. Maybe they remained faithful to God, even when they experienced great tragedies. You may have seen people respond with kindness when treated with cruelty. Whom do you admire? Nobody has perfect faith. Abraham’s faith was not perfect. He made mistakes. There were times when he let fear rule his heart. Only God is perfect and in His mercy He gives us grace and peace when we go through difficult situations. He blesses us with His presence in our homes and in our relationships and we can rely on Him. Perhaps Abraham’s heart was heavy when (after the destruction of Sodom) he moved to Gerar. He prayed for Sodom and perhaps he didn’t know if Lot escaped or not; he just saw smoke rising above the city that had been destroyed.

Abraham deceived Abimelech because he led him to believe a lie; he led him to believe that Sarah was his sister. Even though Sarah was old, certainly she was a remarkable woman, for the king chose her and took her to the palace. Today, believers make the same mistake, leading others to believe a lie. Some believers repeat the mistakes of their past, mistakes they never repented of. What satanic power of oppression and fear caused Abraham to panic at this time when Sarah was about to become the mother of his son, his heir, Isaac the promised one? This attitude seems not in character with what we know about Abraham, the faithful one. His hasty action is in opposition to his lack of selfishness, his power, and his care for others and the courage he has shown in the past. How did Abraham abandon trusting God to believe a lie? Abraham’s example shows that when believers give up and let fear rule their lives, they commit irrational acts. In fact, the Bible does not hide the mistakes of the faithful, and this proves its authenticity. The deed of Abraham warns believers today. We should never minimize a mistake. Let’s face it and banish sin from our lives. Let’s repent, because unresolved sin comes out and has tragic consequences. Our human nature includes weakness of character and reveals some tendencies which should be recognized and addressed before disaster comes into our lives and others. We all have weakness. It may be a desire for comfort or laziness. Sometimes we are looking for the easiest way through. Maybe you are afraid of criticism and inconvenience. You may lack the courage to tell the truth. Perhaps you do not have discernment regarding doctrine or you talk too much. Perhaps you keep resentment towards others, or find it easy to lie. If you see pride and greed in your heart, if you are bothered with selfishness and fear, pray to God because He can deliver us from all these sins.

Lord, I thank You that I am free from the bondage of sin!

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