Summary: On our Day of Independence we must also call ourselver free from Satan.
Declaring Independence from the Devil
As we celebrate our national day of Independence, le us remember that as Christians we enjoy an even greater freedom in Christ.
John 8:36 says “If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”
In Christ we have freedom from the dominion of sin.
Romans 6:22 “But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. “
Also in Romans 3:23 we find that all of us struggle with sin. Whether or not we are made free from sin depends on how we deal with the fact that there is sin in our lives. Today we want to look at three responses people make to the sin in their lives.
a) The first two are bad, they keep us in the bondage of sin
b) The last one is the proper response to the sin in our lives. It is the only way out of the maze of confusion that Satan wants us to stay in forever.
Some respond to sin by denying it exists.
From the beginning of time people have tried to make excuses for their conduct so they could feel justified.
Back in the Garden of Eden we see Adam blaming Eve, and even God for his sin. (Genesis 3:12 And the man said, "The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.")
In turn Eve blamed the serpent (Genesis 3:13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate.")
Today courtroom defendants have taken denial of responsibility to new levels.
a) The boys in Littleton, Colorado; Jonesboro, Arkansas; Pearl, Mississippi; and every other city where school violence has escalated into mass shootings are not to be blamed for their actions. They were mistreated in school, called names, not picked first to play a team sport. The violence was not their fault.
b) Nobody wants to admit, “I did it!” instead we all want to be victims and tell everyone what was done to me. That’s why across the board public repentance is down along with personal responsibility of taking the gospel into all the world.
Sinners who refuse to see themselves as lost in sin will never seek forgiveness.
They may pray but their prayers are cold and like those of the Pharisee in the temple.
(Luke 18:10-15 "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-gatherer. The Pharisee stood and was praying thus to himself, ’God, I thank Thee that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-gatherer. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax-gatherer, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ’God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted." And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them.
The spiritually blind need to clear their vision so that they can see themselves as they truly are. Christ’s message to the church in Laodicea applies to so many today. Revelation 3:17-18 “’Because you say, "I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing," and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.”
Some respond to sin by getting defensive about their sin.
Preaching against smoking and drinking will cause some people to get fighting mad.
I even know of a story where a preacher preached on Marriage divorce and remarriage and was challenged to a fight after worship.
In Acts chapter 7 we read of Stephen rebuking his audience for their sins.
In Peter’s sermon in chapter two we see the crowd was cut to the heart and said Men and brethren what do we do?
Following Stephens’s sermon we see that they were also cut to the heart but verse 54 says they began to gnash on him with their teeth. The mob took him out of the city and stoned him.
Both sermons accused their audiences of murdering the Christ but the reaction was very different.