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Freedom is not doing whatever you want in this world. Freedom is being released from the bonds of this world. Freedom is realized when the shackles of fear, death and the temporary nature of life on earth fade from our motives and lives.

Freedom is not doing whatever you want in this world. Freedom is being released from the bonds of this world. Freedom is realized when the shackles of fear, death and the temporary nature of life on earth fade from our motives and lives.

Enslavement or slavery are words that draw immediate responses from most everyone. For some it promotes pictures of a dark time in our nation’s history. The Bible has never condoned slavery, it has always taught us to free people from bondage of any sort. These are the purposes in the 7 year loan laws such that man would not be eternally beholden to man (Deut 15:1), and the purpose of seven years service for Jacob to receive Rachel (Gen 29:18).

For Christians it reminds them of a life before Christ. In the New Testament, Jesus discusses a different type of slavery (John 8:34). He suggests we can be enslaved to Satan’s domain, the world of sin. How does this look? One of the major undertakings of society is to involve individuals in societal endeavors on the day of worship. Soccer camps or games on Sunday, PTA meetings during Wednesday night prayer services. Please understand though these efforts seem innocent, they serve the purposes of Satan. They draw whole families or family leadership away from their first purpose, to glorify God. These organizations are not interested in your spiritual welfare. Team sports (the involvement of young people in things, engaging them to instill a morality) is one of the worst. Games are fun, team sports are important, why shouldn’t we participate? Hard choices must be made. Unfortunately parents have wrongly oriented their lives away from God and toward a sin-filled world. That is the issue.

Placing anything in competition with worship on Sunday is a ploy. That is a direct influence of Satan, accomplishing his goals to be anywhere, do anything, give your time to anyone other than God in the church worship or service to Christ, be that fellowship, witness, testimony or another work. Parents must make tough choices, glory in man’s world or God.

Ladies and gentlemen, with very little exception we need fellowship, we need to worship, we need to devote ourselves to God. In today’s world, as in any time in history, or even more so in our future, this is not a simple task. There are a great many temptations, and there will be more. But we must understand that anything that becomes more important than God in our life becomes an idol. If you find yourself defensive, you are already on the wrong side of the issue.

Young men and women are far better served learning of service, sharing love, being loved and sharing Christ with others. This, more than any other activity, places them outside themselves in their aptitudes, attitudes and social orientation. More of this work in their lives will promote a generation of selfless servants rather than the dominating selfish and entitled we see today.

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