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Be Careful What You’re Tied To

Posted: Saturday, January 2

 Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions &amp; Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Genesis 3:1-4:26
Matthew 2:13-3:6
Psalm 2:1-12
Proverbs 1:7-9 


Verse of the day:

You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master (Genesis 4:7)

Most of us know the story of Cain and Abel.  The Bible says that Abel gave the best of his lambs as an offering to God; in this act Abel expressed his trust in God to provide. The Bible also says that Cain, Abel’s brother, gave “some” of his crops to the Lord too (as opposed to the “best” of his crops); in this act Cain expressed his trust in himself. God accepted Cain’s gift but rejected Abel’s and instead of repenting and offering God his best, Abel became jealous of his brother and angry at God and you know the rest of the story.



There’s another story told of two hunters out hunting that came upon what appeared to be an abandoned farm. The barn was sagging, the house was in disrepair, and there were junk cars and car parts lying around. The only things alive were a few chickens pecking away and a goat wandering around. As they entered the yard they came across an old well. One asked the other "I wonder how deep it is?" The other said, "We'll have to drop something down and listen for the splash."



They look around for something to drop down the well, but the only thing close by was an old transmission so they hauled it over to the well and dropped it in. They waited a long time for the splash; it was deep. Within seconds the goat was charging at them with head down and horns headed straight for them. At the last moment they jumped aside, and the goat went right past them and straight over the side and down the well. They looked at each other in amazement. Just then, the owner of the farm approached them and asked, "Have you seen my goat?" They said, "Your goat almost killed us charging at us. You should have had that goat tied up." The farmer replied, "I thought I had him tied up to an old transmission."



What are you tied to? What grudges, jealousies, or hatreds are pulling you down? If you consider yourself the victim of a mean spouse, a domineering boss, a back-biting friend, or an authoritarian parent, you’re on dangerous ground. Maybe you’re tied to a sinful habit or some type of bondage. Don’t give these negative feelings, thoughts, or practices anymore power over your life. Here’s how you break free: you give it to Jesus; you confess, you forgive, and you repent. You can’t break those ties on your own; freedom only comes through the power of God’s grace found in the work of Jesus. Tie yourself to Jesus and you’ll be headed in the right direction.