That Entangles Us
since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay
aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with
endurance the race that lies before us.—Hebrews 12:1
Sin is our most persistent, determined, and pernicious enemy. Sin seeks to
rob us of every good thing God has designed for us. Paul tells us that sin
brings death (Rom.
7:11). Yet it is very subtle. Sin creeps into our lives when and where we
least expect it. It packages itself so attractively that we are lulled into
thinking that it cannot really harm us (2 Cor.
Sin stealthily and relentlessly entangles our lives. We will never be able to
run the race marked out for us as long as we are entrapped in sin. We free
ourselves from sin's bondage only if we recognize it for what it is. If we call
sin a "mistake,” a "bad habit,” or a "weakness,” we will never escape its grasp.
We must not blame our sins on others. We must not allow pride to convince us it
is too humiliating to admit the sin in our lives. Sin can blind us to its
presence. It does not always command our attention but rather, it subtly and
pervasively robs us of the spiritual power and victory that could be ours. The
good news is that there is no extent to which sin can entangle us that God's
grace does not abound still more to free us (Rom. 5:20).
Has sin robbed your joy? Has it prevented you from being the best husband,
wife, son, daughter, or friend you could be? Is it keeping you from spiritual
maturity? If you have become entangled with sin, God can release you
immediately, no matter how desperately entangled you may have
become!—Experiencing God Day by Day