Though we are free in Christ, we can again think and act like slaves. Galatians 5:1 warns us “Do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Let’s THINK, CHOOSE, and ACT like we’re free – avoid the old ways that entrap us, and live as the new women Christ has made us to be.
What lures you away from doing what needs doing when it needs doing? A number of diverting lures tangle me in a yoke of bondage if I choose to act on them:
Lack of routine. When I let routine drop, I drop priorities too. (Because we set up routine based on priorities.) This relates to the next thing…
Not acting on priorities daily or weekly. Letting them slip from their prime position. I get tangled in a mass of other things when I drop those that are most important. Notice that order of action. If I keep the priorities, I’m less likely to take on the many other things.
Failing to course correct. Sometimes I must step away from my desired path. Not returning as soon as possible draws me deeper into the weeds.
Operating on my own. When I get away from quiet time with the Lord and fail to seek His guidance and strength, I get tangled.
Starting a pile. I might as well plant a briar patch when I put something down on the counter instead of taking care of it right away.
Not acting when prompted. The Holy Spirit can speak to me by quiet nudging or using a reminder on the calendar. Resistance entangles me.
Deceiving myself. These words have taken me into bondage. “Just 5 minutes then I’ll hop up from the computer.” “Just this once.” “I did this before and nothing bad happened.” “It won’t matter.” “Just one more thing.” “If I hurry, I can do it all.” “I’ll leave this for later.” “For now…”
When we’re lured away and entangled, we can have heavy weight consequences.
What are the lures that draw you away and entangle you again in bondage?