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Sin: A Dangerous Entanglement In Our Spiritual Battle (II Timothy 2:1-5)

🩰 Sin is a great enemy to the soul of man. It was sin that destroyed humanity; it was sin that imported all sorts of evils against humanity.

🩰Therefore, no sincere Child of God, no good soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life (II Tim. 2:4). It is important to mention here that a Christian is described by Paul as an active soldier.

🩰 Unlike what is happening in Nigeria today, a true soldier, worth that name, never abandons his posts to entangle himself with frivolities and trivialities.

🩰 The Greek word translated ´entangle,´ in this passage, which also occurs in II Peter 2:20, and Hebrews 12 means to be so wrapped up in something that movement is hindered. This is like the gummy rat trap we see in Nigeria; once an agile and active rat places its paws on it, movement becomes hampered or stops entirely. The struggling rat then meets its death there. So too, a soldier who allows himself to be entangled meets with his demise.

🩰Peter advises Christians not to return to past sins, but Paul emphasises a different lesson:

🩰 He warns us against allowing essential daily pursuits to supersede a commitment to Christ.

🩰 The Bible says that Paul himself was a tent-maker while carrying on with ministry; but, he realized there was potential for an occupation to become all-consuming, to the detriment of a person´s spiritual life. Today, many Christians allow their occupation to become all-consuming to the detriment of their spiritual life.

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🩰No doubts, creating and managing wealth, providing for one’s family, and taking advantage of leisure time are important activities. They are encouraged by the Scripture. But, these blessings are not to become distractions that draw believers away from Church or regular prayer and Bible study.

👉🏽Christians do not compartmentalize their life into ´Christian ministry´ and ´regular work/play.´ Our entire life belongs to Christ.

👉🏽We are Christ´s soldiers, no matter where we are or what we do, there is no such thing as a part-time warrior.

👉🏽It is necessary for believers not to draw artificial boundary lines between the secular and the sacred. Everything God gives, from vocation and wealth to leisure activities, is to be used for His glory and His glory alone. Period.

👉🏽 Please, know that by keeping priorities straight and activities in balance, we can prevent hobbies and interests from becoming an Entanglement in our spiritual advancement.

💡Be spiritually alert and ward off all entangling elements from your life. Christ is coming soon. Do not be left out.

Shalom and Maranatha!

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