Consider this reflection by Community Care Pastor Rob Bohnenstengel as preparation for this weekend’s message, Avoid These at All Costs:
They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity – for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 2 Peter 2:19
This is true. How many times have we heard that if we would only take this pill and nothing more, not even exercise, we can obtain the body that we’ve always wanted?
Several years ago I completed the 2 week minimum for the SouthBeach diet. I lost a considerable amount of weight and enjoyed the new freedom. However, was I freed from what lingered within me? I experienced physical healing but was I hoping to be freed from my “I live to eat” mentality that masks the pain that is within.
The second part of 2 Peter 2:19 is what I am challenged with in so many areas in my heart. Being freed from the deep desire of being smart or accepted will never be accomplished without a changed heart. The cycle of brokenness to free begins with humility. We can – by admitting to God that there is a master that has enslaved my heart. Our position changes, our reliance changes ,our hope is secure and we find freedom and peace within.
A prayer that will set you on a new path might say something like this:
God, I offer myself to you to build me and to do with me as you will. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do your will. Take away my difficulties…