Foundations of Faith: You Have To Cut The Rope To Climb Out Of The Bog

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As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us. (Psalm 103: 12) 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1: 9)

 Repent, then, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. (Acts 3: 19)

 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. (Colossians 3: 5)

 

Modern Day Parable: John was a very experienced horse rider and cattle shepherd  So when the owner of the ranch needed someone to go through what they termed the “impassable” mountain, he was not surprised to be chosen.  This was very rough and uncharted terrain.  Because the path was so treacherous, he did the unthinkable and tied himself to his horse so that he would not fall off. 

 He was riding at a quick pace through one area, it was evening, and he did not notice the quick sand that was right in front of him.  His horse ran right into it, and before he knew it they were both waist-deep and sinking quickly.  He began to climb out slowly.  He was almost free, when he got yanked back into the bog, that’s right he was tied to the horse!  It was life or death decision now, and he had to do the unthinkable and cut the rope off.  The horse had to die, so that he could climb out, and free himself to live.

 Reflection:  You are the rider, the quick sand is the sin, and the horse is your old way of life (how you both think and live).  Sin, like quick sand, has a way of pulling you down and keeping you down. And if you stay in, it will destroy your life and take your eternal soul.

 Many of us are like the rider. We ask for forgiveness and seek to climb out of sin into the light of God’s grace, but then we get pulled back in by our thinking and our old way of life.

 We have to cut the rope on how we think:  We have to think differently about who we are and where we are going, by accepting God’s forgiveness and love.  Which sin of yours did Jesus not pay the price for?  We have to cut the rope of our thoughts that tell us we are not forgiven, remind us of our past sins and poor choices, make us feel unworthy and unloved.  We need to replace these thoughts with the truth of God’s Word of who we are in Christ, otherwise we will get pulled back into the bog.  

 We have to cut the rope of our old way of life:  Some of your old habits, like those friends that are pulling you down or encouraging you to do wrong things or that good thing that is taking priority away from your time with God, have to “die”.  Unless you cut the rope, you will not come out and sin will destroy you.  We have to learn to put on new habits, develop new friends, and new patterns that will help us climb out of the bog and into the light of God’s love and grace.

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Ted is a federal employee who lives in Alexandria VA with the love of his life, Angie. They have three awesome adult children and one out-of-control small dog. Ted has previously served two churches as pastor and has over 25 years working for or with the federal government, including as a retired U.S. Marine. Ted's goal is to live Micah 6: 9 - to Act justly, (live with integrity in all areas of life), to love mercy, (to forgive as God has forgiven him and bring God's loving compassion to others), and walk humbly with His God (to walk and live every day for God)!