From a Prisoner To A Priest

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—  Without Jesus we are all prisoners.

Gal 3:22.
—  After salvation,  our prison clothes are removed. But we frequently put them back on.
—  Prison clothes represent worldly patterns of thinking. We enjoy wearing these comfortable clothes.
—  You can tell a lot about a person by the clothes we wear.

1 Peter 2:8-11
—  Sin has consequences.
—  Positionally we are free. Practically we choose to be in bondage. Beware. Be set apart.
—  Burn the bridges of your old life.
—  Looking free and being free are two different things.

HOW TO GET OUT OF THESE CHAINS.

1. Research our master.
A. The benefits. Matt 6:4, John 8:34
—  Sin doesn’t have good benefits. Ps 19:11, Rom 6:23
—  The Scriptures contain cautions for those who would remain free from the booth date of sin.
B. Examples:
—  Tower of Babel. When we disobey God,  it brings confusion.. — The criminals on the cross.
—  The apostle Paul had great worldly credentials,  but they were garbage compared to knowing Christ. Phil 3.

2. Training.
A. Train yourself to be Godly.
–  Navy Seals,, Olympic athletes,  marathon runners. They don’t accidentally succeed.
—  Training is a process of repetition. Training is important.
B. Satan comes to kill,  steal,  and destroy. Be trained.
C. Heb 12:1-2. Don’t be encumbered or we are weighted down.
D. Don’t be entangled in the affairs of this life. We are to please the One who enlisted us for warfare.

3. Obey the Word.
A. We deceive ourselves if we are only hearers and not doers.
B. He wants us to know by tasting that He is good. Taste and see that the Lord is good. 
—  Experiencing by sight is not the same as tasting.

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