Practical Living through Biblical Principles

Enslaved, Unconsciously Content

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By Yolanda K. Edwards

Exodus 1:11-14  So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.  But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly.  They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.

There are many things in the world that enslave us today and we don’t even realize it. Greed, material items, such as cars, clothes, electronic gadgets, apps, jewelry, to name a few. We get so caught in the moment, in our emotions, in trying to keep up with the Jones, that before we know it, we are enslaved and putting everything else before God. Matthew 6:19-21: tells us not to lay up treasures on earth, but the layup treasures in heaven.

Something to think about: What is enslaving you? Where are you laying up your treasures, here on earth or up in heaven?  It’s time to conduct a self-assessment to discover the answer to these questions.  If you find that it’s the latter, you need to make some changes.

Prayer Starter: Thank you for all that you’ve done for me and all that you have given me both tangible and non-tangible. Continue to work with me to show me more of you. I want to be in a place where I place you above everybody and everything…

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