Breaking Your Bondage (2 of 4) by David Cawston

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Breaking Your Bondage
Nehemiah Series
David Cawston
Nehemiah 13:1-31

Recognize that old habits are hard to break!
Vs. 1-7
Remember that Israel had made a covenant with God and it had been signed by many in Chapter 9:37-38
37 Because of our sins, its abundant harvest goes to the kings you have placed over us. They rule over our bodies and our cattle as they please. We are in great distress.
38 "In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement, putting it in writing, and our leaders, our Levites and our priests are affixing their seals to it."
(NIV)

No matter how moving the experience was that brought about our commitments they can easily be forgotten in time!
No matter how sincere we were at the time, and I don’t doubt our sincerity. Things have a way of drifting if they are not actively maintained.
It takes consistent maintenance!
Why, because we are creatures of our natural desires and weaknesses.

Matt 26:41
41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."(NIV)

1 Cor 16:13
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
(NIV)

1Thes 5:6
6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.(NIV)
We are still allured and ruled by the desire of our flesh which are do not lead us to health but rather to bondage..
Lessons we can learn on breaking the bondage of sin in our lives!

I. I must be angered over sin! Vs. 8

II. I must not allow compromise!
I have a natural tendency to compromise!
Alliances!
1 On that day the Book of Moses was read aloud in the hearing of the people and there it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever be admitted into the assembly of God,
2 because they had not met the Israelites with food and water but had hired Balaam to call a curse down on them. (Our God, however, turned the curse into a blessing.)
Balaam a prophet of God had made a unholy allianc ...


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