Pastor Robert Conrad
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1).
In April of 2016 the crew of a fishing and sightseeing boat was scouting the waters not far off the coast of California.They were looking for whales or other large marine animals when they spotted a large leatherback sea turtle that was struggling, entangled in a large mass of kelp. One of the crewmembers who had grown up in Hawaii and whose family often rescued turtles there jumped into the water and cut the seaweed from around the turtle’s flippers. Released from the restrictions, the turtle swam rapidly away.
The freedom that God gives to us as His children is not a license to do whatever we choose, but the liberty to live and walk in the Spirit. When we wallow in the things of the world, living outside of God’s will, we may think that we are free, but really we have been choked.
And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
We need to be aware of our purpose as God’s children and not be entangled with sin. The snares of sin are not easy to see up front, but they are real.We must be sober and vigilant.Lot did not see the coming destruction of Sodom while he lived among them nor did he see what living there would do to his family.
(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
II Peter 2:8