A willing hostage

Help! I’ve been kidnapped!

Life was going so smoothly.  I was going about my business being a “good” boy.  Not getting into much trouble and trying to be a good person.  I thought life was grand.  Then it happened.  I realized I had been kidnapped.  It was strange and scary for the first few months.  I knew that I had been living a life of lies and deceit and I finally figured out that I had been under the power of another.  Finally, someone was hear to set me free!

The first few steps away from my captor were the hardest.  I had grown so comfortable in the way I was living.  Life was going smooth and I was handling everything on my own.  My master had lured me into this life of ease and complacency so I would not try to leave his power.

After I was set free I often thought back on my captor and the times we had together.  I found myself going back and visiting with him time and time again.  He would call and I would listen to him.  I had been set free, but I had this strong feeling to go back to the bondage that I had been in.

OK OK, I had a thought today about Stockholm Syndrome and it made me think about Satan.  Thanks, I already know my mind works in mysterious ways.  I wanted to get this thought down now so that I could develop it more later.  I’m thinking short story or small novel.  Know any good book agents?  haha Stockholm Syndrome is when a hostage makes a connection with their captor and forms positive feelings toward them.

I feel we do the same with Satan.  For so long we live in the bondage of sin essentially a captive of Satan.  Jesus came to this Earth, to die on the cross for our sins, making a way to free us of this captivity.  We no longer have to be a slave to sin.  Hopefully you have accepted this way of salvation.  So many times we continue to go back to the sin that we have been delivered from and lend the devil an ear.  We have formed a bond with our captor.  We might as well be called Stockholm Syndrome Christians.

I’m not saying after we accept salvation that we will not sin.  Paul makes it clear in Romans 8 that we still have a sin nature about us, but we do not have to give in to it.

Romans 8:9-10

9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

We should not live in the flesh, but in the Spirit.  Do not listen to your previous captor!  We have lived long enough for the devil it is time to live for Christ.

Casey’s post about accountability last week got me to thinking.  I want to have a Blog Challenge.  Now it will be a big commitment of time.  Not to me or Casey, but to God.  We are going to have a one year Bible read through.  I’ll be posting a button or a link within the next week for the challenge.  It will take you to a new page with the reading plan and posts.  I will be posting every day a short/long thought on the reading for that day.  I plan on getting started Sunday, February 14.  I chose a chronological reading plan so that we can read through on a historical time-line.

I know we all need help in this area.  The posts will keep me accountable.  Some may be simple posts and others will be a little more deep.  It will simply been journaling my thoughts based on the readings.  I will not be offended if you don’t take the challenge so don’t feel any pressure.  I’m looking forward to it and the blessing of God’s word.

Let me know what you think and if you are up for the challenge!

snowtime

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