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Friday, January 29, 2016

Pray for Families (Release from Deadly Sin)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

This week was my annual business meeting in Las Vegas, aka Sin City.  I would like to think it is just a fun place to relax and play, and for some it may be. But whether I was riding the elevator, wandering the casino, or walking around the city, my eyes were attacked with sexual images.  As I traversed the casino trying to get to the conference center, free entry tickets to the clubs and bars were thrust at me, hoping I would be the object of lust to lure more men in.  Different scents were pumped into the air vents and I longed to find an exit to the outside world, but instead I found I was in a maze to keep me in.  Such are the powers of evil!

Vegas is such a metaphor for sin! Just viewing the incomprehensible opulence and decadence of The Strip can spark envy and greedPride can propel one to expend copious cash while they hope for the glory of the big win.  Of course anger doesn’t set in until one realizes how much they’ve lost.  So one sets out among the brightly lit towering monuments to the gods of wealth and materialism, seeking an all-you-can-eat gluttonous buffet.   Then they sink into spiritual sloth blaming God for all their bad luck.  No need to find a church, they think to themselves, “I’m on vacation!”

Lift from us the burden of our guilt: Grant us the freedom we have sold for illusions of pleasure or power.

Where have you sold your freedom? What deadly sin(s) shackle(s) you? Spend some time contemplating this, and then pray for yourself and your family that the Merciful Lord will grant all of you freedom from the desire for wealth, fame, power, flattery, and sinful pleasures.  

For you were called for freedom, brothers. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love. For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want.
Galatians 5:13, 17

 Lord, lift the veil from our eyes, that we may see heavenly reality versus our earthly illusions!  Free us from our deadly sin!

I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. Hosea 14:4

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Hope lives!  He frees us from the shackles of our sin! Pass it on!