Bondage Unlimited

adapted from a message by Pastor Dele Oyeleru of TCBC, Ejigbo

God’s commandments are not irksome, burdensome, oppressive, troublesome or grievous (1 John 5:3b).

Sometimes we view God’s commandments as killjoys or restraints to be cast off. A dour faced matron who looks like she’s sucked on too many lemons, holding a cane over our heads, preventing us from enjoying a good life.

Not believing that God’s commandments are because He loves us will surely lead you into sin, just like Eve did when she believed the Serpent’s lie that God’s law was just holding her back from being all she could be.

The book of Jude speaks of different groups of people who cast of restraint and did not stay within God’s laid down boundaries. These men stepped over the guard rails of protection of God’s word because they believed God’s law was cramping their style.

1) angels who abandoned their proper dwelling places (Jude verse 6) And angels who did not keep (care for, guard, and hold to) their own first place of power but abandoned their proper dwelling place—these He has reserved in custody in eternal chains (bonds) under the thick gloom of utter darkness until the judgment and doom of the great day.

2) the people of Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent towns who indulged in unnatural vice and sensual perversity (Jude verse 7) [The wicked are sentenced to suffer] just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent towns—which likewise gave themselves over to impurity and indulged in unnatural vice and sensual perversity—are laid out [in plain sight] as an exhibit of perpetual punishment [to warn] of everlasting fire

3) Israelites who refused to trust and adhere to God (Jude verse 5) Now I want to remind you, though you were fully informed once for all, that though the Lord [at one time] delivered a people out of the land of Egypt, He subsequently destroyed those [of them] who did not believe [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him].

Other examples of people who stepped over the guard rails of God’s love include:

4) Lot’s wife
Lot and his family were given clearly stated boundaries, when the angels said, “Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the  plain; escape to the mountain lest thou be consumed,” (Gen 19:17) but Lot’s wife broke free from this protective hedge when she looked back (whatever the reason) and turned into a pillar of salt.

5) Solomon
Solomon broke every single one of the laws guiding a king given in Deut 17: 14-20 and the result was that his heart was turned away from God (1 Kings 10:26-29; 1 Kings 11:1-10)

6) Korah and his 250 cohorts also learned the hard way that God’s laws were given for their own good (Num 16).

All thy commandments are faithful…Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me…I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad…Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts…Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart…My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness (Psalm 119:86,92-93,96,98-100,111,172)

In conclusion

1) remember that God’s grace is not a license for sin Don’t think you can continuing sinning willfully and all you have to do is just wave the magic wand of the blood of Jesus ( Heb 10:26)

2) Liberty unlimited is bondage. Avoid sermons (that are actually doctrines of devils) that tell you that “you’re too holy” or “take it easy, it’s not all that hard.” For certain men have crept in stealthily [gaining entrance secretly by a side door]. Their doom was predicted long ago, ungodly (impious, profane) persons who pervert the grace (the spiritual blessing and favor) of our God into lawlessness and wantonness and immorality, and disown and deny our sole Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) (Jude 4).

3) Stay within God-given boundaries, it’s for your own good. His commandments are not grievous.

4) Look for Jesus not for leeways to sin (Phil 3:20)

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