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PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 12:13-21 (Illustration) A young executive pulled his new...

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Clarence R. Bolton John 6:1-14 I remember reading a story some time ago about a little boy having...

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PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Romans 8:35-39 There’s an expression used in our culture that says,...

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Robert D. Pace Matthew 5:14-16 Awhile back I heard an alarming report on James Dobson’s, “Focus on...

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

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Robert D. Pace THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED! Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12 uses powerful phraseology to...

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Shortly after Donald J. Trump was sworn-in to office, the Lord impressed me that much prayer would...

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People are excited about their team claiming the World Cup. While that’s great, ultimately, only...

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Robert D. Pace The following article was taken from "The Evangel" magazine where Robert D. Pace...

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Robert D. Pace Dynamic Messengers are rare, but desperately needed! They are prophetic people that...

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POWER OVER SIN

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THE RIGHT CHOICE

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WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

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Let’s journey back several thousand years to Jerusalem during Passover week. This was the holiest of the seven Hebrew festivals that attracted thousands of worshipers. Some traveled hundreds of miles to attend this celebration in the religious capital of the world—Jerusalem. What a sight it must have been! For seven days the Priests appeared in their royal apparel, led the people in worship, offered sacrifices, and blew shofars (2 Chronicles 30:21). Everything was leading to the Day of Atonement when the High Priest would present the blood of a Passover lamb for the people’s sins. Not only was Jerusalem sightly its aroma was pungent.

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks (Illustration) Billy attended the Los...

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HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

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JESUS IS ALIVE!

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CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

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What Can the Righteous do When the Foundations are Destroyed?

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YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

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"Professor" William C. Linn Guest Contributor Napoleon was exiled twice in his life. His first...

AN ALTAR INVITATION

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PULPIT TODAY SERMONS 1 Peter 2:9 Introduction There’s never been a group of people comparable to...

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Robert D. Pace Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation funambulist, continues his acrobatics. He's a...

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This is an excerpt from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD, "The Scriptures, The Savior and...

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Robert D. Pace The story is told of a dying girl whose only hope was to receive blood from someone...

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A REVELATION OF GOD

  Robert D Pace A Revelation of God God has an assignment for you and you should never doubt...

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THE GLORY OF GOD

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THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

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Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 7:1-10 INTRODUCTION I lived in Maine for several years while I was...

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The Beauty of the Righteous

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THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

Robert D. Pace Colossians 2:13--15 If you’re familiar with the world’s major religions you know...

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DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

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Robert D. Pace Practicing the Peace of God I want to begin our lesson with a question. Which...

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Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth, but...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

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Robert D. Pace During the Vietnam War, a West Point graduate marshaled a group of new recruits...

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Robert D. Pace I find myself torn between labeling this post as a Point of Inspiration devotional...

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THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

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CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

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Robert D. Pace From man’s perspective “time” is uncontrollable. Even with all the advances of...

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ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

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HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

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THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

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BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

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CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

Imagine the perfect Endtime strategy designed to dispirit Christians and turn them from their...

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

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THE FEAR OF THE LORD

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COMPASSION IN ACTION

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CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

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THE PROPHETIC VOICE

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THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

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HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

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PRAYER THAT WORKS!

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THE QUEST FOR PEACE

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THE LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

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HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

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EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

In 2003, Robert D. Pace was interviewed by the Evangel magazine, the Official Publication of the...

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WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

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Reverend Bud Leonard John 14:27 Introduction Peace means, “Quietness or rest,” and it’s a word...
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THE DECISION OF MOSES

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The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

The pillars of Christianity are under attack! From within and without Christians are witnessing an...

“A NEW THING”

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Opening Remarks

(Humor) Everyone wants mastery over various issues of life. In fact, a newlywed couple was discussing who would be responsible for making the decisions in the family. As the conversation ensued, the young man attempted to explain the Biblical role of male headship to his wife. His bride listened politely until he finished his sound, doctrinal discourse. She replied: “Honey, you may be the head but I’m the neck and I’ll turn you any direction I want.”

Let’s read our text in John 8.

John 8:31-41

Servitude and slavery have always been an affront to mankind with its bondage, forced labor, and abuses. There’s nothing sacred about it. And while men declare they don’t want to be enslaved, everyone is enslaved. Enslavement can occur in the form of habits, emotional turmoil, addictions, or pain. Everyone is in the process of trying to free themselves from something. We will discuss this later, but for now let’s consider Christ’s words in our text.

This is one of those occasions when Jesus infuriated the Jews. Even the casual reader can detect their anger. As slaves of the Egyptians centuries earlier, the Jews were overly sensitive about the subject of slavery. And here’s how Jesus, a Jew Himself, reignited the controversy. Jesus looked into the eyes of His audience and said: “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Instantly the Pharisees fired back saying: “We are Abraham’s offspring, and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that you say, ‘You shall become free’?”

Christ’s very insinuation of Israel being in slavery supremely insulted the Jews. And that’s despite the historical evidence that proved they had been enslaved numerous times. For example: the Jews had been captives of the Egyptians, the Babylonians, and now the Roman Empire had subdued Jerusalem and the entire Middle Eastern world.

But Jesus statement transcended the physical act of slavery that the Jews repeatedly endured. They had misinterpreted Christ’s statement. Jesus wasn’t referring to National slavery, He referred to their spiritual slavery. Jesus knew the Jews were captive to sin and unbelief. That’s why He said, Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.” This is the greatest bondage known to man. And it’s universal.

But once the Jews realized Jesus referred to their spiritual slavery their anger intensified. And you have to understand their thinking. The Hebrews considered Abraham to be their Religious Prime Minister. He was the eminent personage of their Patriarchs. Abraham was without equal in Hebrew history as he towered over their prophets, priests, and kings. And Scripture supports this assessment! The Bible calls Abraham “the friend of God.”

But here’s the problem: The Jews assumed their genealogical connection with Abraham, “the friend of God” also gave them a spiritual connection to god. They assumed the righteousness God imputed to Abraham was automatically transferred to them. But let’s not be too quick and smug to indict the First Century Jews of this error without examining ourselves. Many people were Born Again five, ten, or twenty years ago,” yet today, they live without any spiritual fruit or passion for Christ.

Notice what John the Baptist said about our spiritual connection to God in Matthew 3:8. “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. (9) And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.” That statement is clear: We are not connected to God through a rich Christian heritage from our parents. Our spiritual connection to God comes through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

In a nation where seventy-five million people claim to be Christians, I believe Jesus is saying: “Real Christians produce spiritual fruit. And when people are connected to Christ they will manifest the “fruit of the Spirit.”

(Transition) That leads us to point one. I want to talk about “The Slavery of Sin.” Perhaps that sounds harsh and offensive. I’m not trying to sound that way, but the fact remains: The Slave-master of sin can destroy you.

I. The Slavery of Sin

Romans 6:16 says: “For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. (15) What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! (16) Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (17) But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. (18) You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”

That couldn’t be clearer! Those that transgress God’s Word are enslaved to sin. Those that obey God’s Word are enslaved to righteousness. The Bible says “sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.” Conversely, Christ and His Word bring forth eternal life! Now, which do you choose? It’s important to serve the right Master because it can make the difference between life and death.

(Transition) Consider the consequences of being enslaved to the sinful nature. First, slavery to sin is controlling.

A. Slavery to sin is controlling.

Have you heard someone say: “It’s my life and I’ll live the way I want?” Nothing could be further from truth. People that practice sin don’t do what they want, they do what sin wants! Sin is dominating. Its grip and pull are greater than the force of gravity!

Certain sins are so strong that they are nearly inescapable without supernatural help.

Harmful substances can become so controlling you can hardly go an hour without them.

Drugs can dominate the behavior of people.

Pornography can be worse than a bad habit.

(Quote) That’s why Simon Peter said: “for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him” (2 Peter 2:19). The philosopher Seneca said: “A man can get into such a state that in the end He hates and loves his sins at the same time.”

(Transition) But then sin is not only controlling it’s confining.

B. Sin’s slavery is not only controlling it’s confining.

(Illustration) Years ago, the African people discovered a unique way to capture monkeys. They would hollow a log and cut a hole just large enough for a monkey’s hand to press through. Then they would place bait inside the log. When the monkey discovered the bait, it would squeeze through his hand, and clench its fist around the food. Now, with a clenched fist, the monkey could not bring out his hand or the bait. The captors would then apprehend the monkey because the monkey would not open its hand and release its food. The monkey was trapped and enslaved simply because it wouldn’t release its desire.

That’s what sin does to people. Sin can be so alluring that once people grip it they can hardly release it, though it leads to their demise. And the power of sin can eventually incarcerate the strongest of men. It’s what the Apostle Paul said. Nobody can master sin.

Let me speak to someone today that has taken a first step toward something that is evil. You know you’re practicing something that displeases God. I adjure now: abandon it! Forsake it. One link of sin won’t confine you, but it always leads to another link, and another, and another. And the interconnected links of sin will form a chain that will bind the strongest of men. That’s how it begins! It starts with one insignificant link of sin. Then you add another link. Eventually, you’re dragging around the heavy chain of sin and decide it’s time to stop. But you can’t! You’re bound, shackled, and you can’t simply walk away. Those interconnecting links of sin have captured you.

There always comes a point when you no longer have a grip on sin; sin has its grip on you. You’re consumed by it and it not only controls your thinking it controls your behavior. And by that time, sin has lost its luster and it’s tormenting you. But there is an answer! You must appeal to Calvary. You bow at the place where Christ conquered sin and ask for God’s help.

(Illustration) Years ago I preached for a “seasoned” Missionary/Pastor in Naples, Florida. He said: “The older I get, the more I discover that everything happening in life is provoked by spiritual forces.”

I’ve also discovered the truth of that statement. There are evil spirits that cloak themselves behind life’s pleasures. Label them whatever you want: demons, Satanic forces, “principalities and powers.” Just remember, dark forces influence this world in the worst possible way. These spirits never work for your good. They seek to manipulate you like a puppet.

When you dabble with sin, you’re not dabbling with “abstract evil.” Sin isn’t a vague, ambiguous thought. You are entertaining the agents of Satan. And you’re no match for them! That’s why Jesus commands us to repent from sin. He commands us to turn from evil and place ourselves in the path of righteousness. That’s why we can’t play games with sin. Sin isn’t harmless and we shouldn’t attach harmless euphemisms to it. We shouldn’t excuse it or pass it off as a personality disorder. Sin is what it is!

Realize something: The world system is sin’s Best Friend! That’s why culture, society, and government always placate it. Sin knows how to “turn a profit,” so government makes room it under the cloak of taxation or “added revenue.” A sizable portion of society embraces abortion and alternate lifestyles, so politicians curry the favor of voters and appeal for “tolerance” toward these issues. Again, the world system is sin’s Best Friend!

Perhaps temptation isn’t looming largely over you at this moment. But somebody you know is wrestling with sin and you have a responsibility to help them overcome it. The Apostle Paul said Christians have a duty to pray for those being lured into temptation. Listen to his words in 2 Timothy 2:26. Paul said we should pray for men to come “to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” Do you pray like that? If not, start praying that way today. Pray faithfully for your loved ones to overcome their temptations. Sin is destructive and incarcerating!

(Transition) Third, let’s discuss, Slavery to Jesus Christ.

III. Slavery to Jesus Christ

Let me repeat a statement from the introduction. Everyone is enslaved to something—everyone! But today I’m asking you to submit to the loving lordship of Jesus. When you do that, you will discover a satisfying sense of well-being and liberty. “He whom the Son sets free is free indeed.”

Ironically, being the bondslave of Christ is the highest position in life. The Apostles knew this and that’s why they proudly proclaimed their servant-hood to Christ:

Romans 1:1 Paul called himself “a servant of Jesus Christ.”

In James 1:1 the Lord’s half-brother referred to himself as a “servant of Jesus Christ.”

In 2 Peter 1:1 Simon identified himself as a “servant of Jesus Christ.”

And in Revelation 1:1 John called himself a “servant of Jesus Christ.”

There’s a reason the Apostles submitted to Christ’s lordship: they knew servitude to Christ meant more than being His slave, it meant being His child. And if we’re God’s children, it means everything belonging to Christ belongs to us! This is what Galatians 4:7 means when it says, “you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God” (NASU).

We are heirs of God’s promises, provisions, blessings, and the inheritance prepared for us in heaven.

He’s given us the ability to master sin; not endure the bondage of it.

He’s given us “precious and magnificent promises.”

Conclusion

(Illustration) There is an interesting and factual story told of buzzards. These are the giant-feathered fowls serving as nature’s cleanup crew; environmentalists of a sort. When these vultures are placed in a cage 8’ square, with the top completely open, they cannot escape! They remain imprisoned to their surroundings. These vultures need 10’ to 12’ to sprint to their takeoff. And without that takeoff space they remain captive for life. Additionally, the nocturnal cave-bat cannot take flight from level ground. It needs uneven ground or slight elevation to thrust itself into the air. Further, bumblebees cannot escape from a long-neck bottle. They are unable to lift their eyes and see an escape hatch.

In many ways man resembles these creatures. We struggle tirelessly to escape the constraints of sin and temptation. Unfortunately, we aren’t always able to break free because we’re employing the methods of man without soliciting the help of God. Here’s what we must understand: Deliverance from our sins does not involve our vain attempts to GET OUT. We are powerless against some sins. Deliverance from our sins involves us LOOKING UP. We must look up to Jesus Christ, who offers freedom from all bondage! He is waiting to deliver you.

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