Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. —Psalm 25:20
Generally speaking, people don’t fall into bondage overnight. They don’t just wake up one morning and discover they’re addicted to food or have a temper they can’t control. There’s a progression that leads to bondage, and it always begins when we listen to a lie.
That’s how it all began in the Garden of Eden. Eve listened to the lies told her by Satan. I’m confident she had no idea where those lies would ultimately lead her and her family. Perhaps it didn’t seem particularly dangerous just to listen to the Serpent, to see what he had to say. Listening in itself wasn’t disobedience. But—and here’s the key—listening to a viewpoint that was contrary to God’s Word put Eve on a slippery slope that led to disobedience, which led to physical and spiritual death.
Listening to things that aren’t true is the first step toward ultimate bondage and death. That’s why I believe it’s so important to carefully monitor the input we allow into our minds and hearts.
Make it Personal
Is there anything you’re listening to that’s not true? How can you shut out that voice and listen to God’s Truth instead?