Held Captive

Proverbs 5:22
His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.

What a twisted tangle we get ourselves into when we allow sin to control us.  We may think that we are merely asserting our independence, that we have gained control, that we are free to do as we please, but we are actually tightly bound up by the cords of sin.  We may go on as if we have been liberated from some arbitrary controller, but Satan is gleefully binding up our hands and feet and taking us prisoner for himself.  Any of the sins that we surrender to will hold us captive until we give them over to the only One who can set us free.

And when our hands are tied, when our focus is inward, when our desires are fleshly, Satan has us exactly where he wants us, because then we are useless to God and doing the devil’s work for him.  Then we are hindering the Spirit from working both in our lives and in the lives of others.  Then it is easier to go deeper and deeper into more and more sin until we end up completely overtaken by sinfulness.  Then we can hardly find the righteousness we had once so carefully tried to preserve.  Any evil thing we would wish upon others will come back upon us instead.

We must be very careful of the things we allow into our lives and the things we allow to influence our lives.  Addictions can control us.  Sinful thoughts and behaviors can hold us captive.  Unrighteousness can cause us to lose our way.  Wrong choices can entrap us in things we never meant to get involved with.  And when we look around trying to figure out how we got so low or how things turned out so badly, we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves.

Satan’s traps are tricky.  His snares are subtle.  But the truth is that they are real and can be effective.  But the power of God can overcome.  The blood of Christ can set us free.  He can cut those cords and give us true freedom.  So let us look to Him and leave our sins behind.  We don’t have to be trapped anymore, always giving in to Satan and our fleshly desires.  We can become a new creature that doesn’t have those same desires anymore, but instead seeks to serve God.  We can have a new, clean heart no longer held captive by sin, but by the love of God.


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