Satan’s Greatest Chain
Daily Devotional for June 8th
Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Mark 7:5-7
Darkness is an awful thing in the physical sense. As bad as that is, blindness is worse. Deception is worse still. Spiritual deception is the worst of all! The world today is lost in spiritual darkness for the most part. Satan does not care what color chain he places on you, as long as you are bound. Some wear chains of alcohol while others wear chains of drugs. Some have chains of adultery while others adorn chains of pornography. These types of bondages are fleshly lusts for the most part. The list is inexhaustible!
Satan’s greatest chain, however, is religion. The most effective thing about this bondage is that it does not appear to be bondage. The greatest majority of drug users could eventually face the fact that they have a problem with drugs, but people who are enslaved in religion actually believe they are okay. Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, or are you going through religious motions? Is the Christian life a great reality to you, or are you unsatisfied?
The Pharisees had a problem with Jesus’ disciples because they were not involved in the same religious activities as they were. Do you realize that religion will tie you down to rules that will actually bring you into a greater bondage? Jesus promised abundant life to everyone who would follow Him. Most people today cannot enjoy the freedom of genuine Christian living because man has indoctrinated them with religious rules to follow.
In order to walk in freedom and liberty in Christ, we cannot be entangled in the traditions that religion attempts to place on us. God intended for you to serve Him with joy. This life is not intended to bind you; it’s actually intended to set you free. Paul would tell the Galatians to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free. Galatians 5:1. Empty religion is Satan’s greatest chain. Many have been deceived by it. But when we get back to living for Christ and keeping our relationship with Him at the forefront of us, then empty religious things will become insignificant. Examine your spiritual life today. Are you walking in liberty; or have you become bound by religion? Don’t allow the enemy to chain you with religion; his greatest bondage.