Devotion for Thursday, December 15, 2022

“[P]romising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved” (2 Peter 2:19).

Have you noticed that the more people scream about wanting freedom, recourse, reparations, or the like, the more they seem to be in bondage?  Everything belongs to the Lord and apart from Him, there can be no peace.  True freedom and peace come from being in the Lord.  All other places are places of bondage.  Come into the Lord and do not be compromised by corruption.  Be the slave of the Lord (Romans 6:17-18) and of no one nor nothing else.

Lord, I do need to serve somebody.  Whether it is myself, a cause, or even swaying to music, obedience is built in.  But I am enticed by sin and swayed by the corruption of this world.  Lead me into true freedom so that I may walk humbly with You, my Lord and God.  You know what this takes, and You have already provided the means.  Guide me, Lord, in the way I need to go.

Dear Lord Jesus, You walked with Your disciples and saw them struggle.  Help me, Lord, to look only to You and learn how to walk away from the corruption of this world and into the life You have set before me and give me by grace.  Lead me this day to live in a way that is pleasing to the Father by doing what is right.  I am Yours to direct.  Let me not be directed by this world or its corruption.  Amen.