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“>>Do you believe that sin can become a “yoke” around your neck? Can sin sap your strength? Can sin hand you over to those you cannot withstand?>>

This is not the first reference in the Bible where “sin” and/or “sins” are seen as something that entraps and entangles because it has substance. I believe sin gives birth to its own rewards. It is not so much God punishing us for our sins but the consequences, the fruition of our acts catching up with us. In other books, sin is seen as producing cords that entangle us.

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and in irons, [Luke 1:79.] Because they had rebelled against the words of God and spurned the counsel of the Most High. (Psalms 107:10-11 AMP)

And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction; Then he showeth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded. (Job 36:8-9 KJV)

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

Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: (Isaiah 5:18 KJV)

Just as the Apostle Paul wrote about Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) there is also a fruit of sin; just as there is an outgrowth from righteousness, there is also consequences of sin, a by-product. If we can visualize sin having cords that bind us and those around us then those same cords can be woven to make a yoke to not only enslave us but also to confine us in a straitjacket.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Today in Psalm 101:3, this verse really stood out for me.
Psalm 101:3 (Amplified Bible)
I will set no base or wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the work of them who turn aside [from the right path]; it shall not grasp hold of me.
Firstly, it is not he wicked that we hate, it is the work of the wicked.
Secondly, what a great declaration for us to make! Even if you do not struggle specifically in any area, we are not beyond being tempted.
These verses in Titus 2:11-12, give us the answer, it is the grace of God that trains us. How blessed we are! We have the Blessed Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Grace. As we do all to stand He will empower us, teach us, lead us and guide us. Think about how blessed we are!
Titus 2:11-12 (Amplified Bible)
11For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind.
12It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world,

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