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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,

Mike and everyone,
I read a sermon today called Real Men Needed (Psalm 101:1-8) by Bruce Pratt at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship.
Pastor Pratt says:
"The world needs more real men.
Men not afraid to praise the Lord and tell others about Him;
Men of integrity who live their faith out in private and public, who love their families, and want to see their sons and daughters live out that same faith;
Men who see the lures of this world as childish and totally not worth even a passing glance."
Psalm 101:2-3,6 Amplified Bible
2 I will behave wisely and follow the way of integrity. When will You come to me? I will walk in my house in integrity and with a blameless heart.
3 I will set no worthless or wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the practice of those who fall away [from the right path]; It will not grasp hold of me.
6 My eyes will be on the faithful (honorable) of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks blamelessly is the one who will minister to and serve me.
Heavenly Father, I pray that You will call and equip more men and women in this world to live unreservedly for You and for Your Truth.
May You in Your grace and mercy continue to use this One Year Bible Blog, to spread Your Truth to the far corners of the earth,
may You remember Mike, encourage him, continue to give him spiritual wisdom and understanding as he serves You and serves people through this blog.
praying all in Jesus' Name, amen.


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