"Be careful little eyes what you see" is a popular line in a song that I used to sing in Children's Church. But it is more than a line in a song; it is valuable advice, because all of us will be tempted by the lust of the eyes. This Sunday, we will watch as Satan tempts Jesus by showing Him "all the kingdoms of the world." Just bow down and worship me, Satan said to Jesus, and it will all be yours. What we will discover is that worshipping anything or anyone other than Jesus will leave us, much like Satan, bound up in sin. Join us Sunday as we explore the freedom that we can have when we worship God.
John captures the categories of sin in 1 John 2:16 when he writes, "For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world." Jesus was tempted by all three of these kinds of sin. This Sunday, we will watch as Jesus stares the Pride of Life in the face and walks away free from sin simply by leaning into humility. What we will discover is that humbling ourselves before the Lord leads to freedom from sin.
How many of us bristle at the word "submit?" The very idea seems to run counter to our thinking as red-blooded Americans. And yet, submission is at the heart of our faith in Christ. What we will discover this Sunday is that submission to Christ leads us to salvation and freedom from sin. As James 4:7 says, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." So join us as we delve into the freedom we have in submission to Christ.
I would venture to say most of us have only known a life of freedom. And yet, all of us have been enslaved to sin at one time or another. But thanks be to God, Christ Jesus has broken those chains of bondage.