His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. Proverbs 5:22
Today I came across this verse in a counseling session. I read it in a previous time. The part “he shall be holden with the cords of his sins” was already underlined in black ink.
The word “holden” means to “sustain, keep fast, or retain.” This verse is teaching how that a wicked person who is willfully committing sin is actually binding himself with his sin. Sin becomes a controlling factor in our human experience. Here the sin, like cords wrapped around a person’s wrist is confining this person. In other words, this person’s sin is handcuffing him. Even though sin may be enjoyed – for a season – it will eventually chain you to its will and confine you to it’s desires.
Sin is very captivating. Sometimes a person does not even recognize how their sin is actually holding them back and retaining them in a “holding tank.” Think about how a drug addict can no longer think clearly. Her body is conditioned to “need” the next hit of drugs. The male addicted to pornography may not think it is hurting him, but his relationship with his wife is not what it could be because of the nurturing of lust in his heart. The angry couple can be blinded to the hatred in their heart because of unconfessed bitterness that is controlling and affecting every area of life and relationships.
Instead of allowing sin to take us captive and handcuff us, we should take captive our thoughts ourselves – with the mind of Jesus. One of my favorite verses I use in counseling sessions to encourage, motivate, and equip people to have victory over sin is 2 Corinthians 10:5. Here Paul states: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…”
Imagine that. Bring every thought into obedience to Jesus Christ. Get the Word of God in your life. It is like the key to unlock the handcuffs of sin. Let Jesus captivate your heart and mind. It will change your life! You will experience more freedom than you thought possible when you devote your life to what is right!
What can I do to get uncuffed?
Confess your sin. Let Jesus know about it – from your own confession.
Repent of sin. More than confession, repentance is a turning around from the sin. It is choosing to go a totally new direction than the way the sin was taking you.
Enjoy Forgiveness. Thank the Lord that when we confess our sin and turn from it in repentance, the Lord totally forgives us. Psalm 103:12 says, As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Thank the Lord for that!
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want. Proverbs 21:5
You may enjoy this humorous story as much as I did: “A college freshman was giving her friend a tour of the college she attended. She pointed out the various recreational sights in the area and the numerous places for eating out. When they returned to the dorm, the freshman reminded her visiting friend that they needed to be quiet because her roommates were studying. Before they entered the room she whispered to her friend, “All they do is study. Honestly, I don’t even know why they came to college.”” (Ministry127)
It was Francis Bacon who said: “Crafty men condemn studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them.” We must be wise in our approach to the new school year. Thinking and planning ahead is commended in the Scripture. The person who is diligent in his thoughts will have results that end in plenty. Nearly all of us would want not only “passing grades” but “excelling grades” for each class we take!
Apply this truth of diligence to the education department of your life and you can learn how to become successful in your pursuit of learning in this new school year. Go for more than an “A+.” These truths can work no matter if you are entering kindergarten or college.
Whether a student or a parent of a student, this list will help you think through the start of the new year to enable you to “Start the New School Year Right.”
Have a Good Attitude. Attitude is of paramount importance as you plan for a new school year. Whether you have 0 or 15 years of schooling, each year is new and different. There can be some intimidation that comes with new teachers, new subjects, and new classmates. Speak with enthusiasm about the new school year. Talk openly of fears, then resolve to have Bible faith to face those fears and move past them. Avoid those who speak ill of teachers, class, or school. Don’t listen to them. Focus on the positives and be consistent to speak often of the great potential for learning and growing. Good attitudes are reflected in our words and actions. Your effort in studies is affected by your attitude. Have a good attitude and purpose to look forward to each school day.
Have Personal Discipline. Leave early for class. If school starts at 8:10 AM. Plan to arrive at 8:00 AM. If it takes you 20 minutes to drive to school, leave 30 minutes early. Much of the hasty, rushing feeling and frustration on the first day can be avoided by being more disciplined with your time and when you actually leave the house or dorm room to make it to class.
Have a Healthy Breakfast. You have heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Not only does it help maintain metabolism and even fights against obesity, breakfast can stimulate the mind and get the “thinking juices” going after a night of sleep and “fasting.” Breaking the fast is important to the developing mind and body. Inattentiveness, sleepiness and attitudes are all affected in a positive way when a healthy breakfast has been enjoyed.
Have a Devotional Time. Take a few moments to pray for each day to be the best day of this school year. Read some Scripture and meditate on the Bible verses you have read to help encourage you and to guide your learning ethic and relational skills throughout the school day. Dedicate your pursuit of learning to the Lord each day.
Have a Flexible Spirit. Not everything will go as planned. That is all right! God is still in control and He will help you through each day. Things will come up that delay you, sidetrack you, and even slow you down from reaching your daily goals. If you stop and focus on the distractions, then you will not achieve the learning that you need for that day. Be flexible, and then learn how to refocus.
Those who rush thoughtlessly to the classroom may make a passing grade, but they may not learn all that they could have if they do not have these principles guiding them. Many people come up short in knowledge because they do not think, plan, and execute their plan for success in the classroom.
You can do better than merely get a good grade on paper. Ask the Lord to help you start the new school year right. Then go on to have the best year in school that you have ever had!
Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. Psalm 119:67
Every day it occurs; a vehicle or some form of transportation leaves its intended course. The result is a crash, with many of these wrecks being deadly to the human passengers. A car goes off the road, a train derails off the tracks, a ship or airplane goes off course. Whenever the vehicle goes off of its intended path and direction there is damage, and trouble. The loss of life, cleanup, and expenses are enormous. The same is true concerning the path we take in our lives. When we get off the path, we need help getting back on! Going off God’s intended path for us is damaging, costly, and hurtful for us as well. The Lord has given us clear directions for right and wrong, for Christian living as opposed to worldly living.
In the verse above you will notice the Psalm writer went astray and then affliction came along that got his attention. In fact, after the affliction, he was better able to obey God’s Word. Affliction has to do with distress, and difficult events that severely affect a person. It would seem like all affliction is bad, but sometimes affliction can work out for the good! Later on in the Psalm 119:71 he says: It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The Lord allowed or sent the affliction to His servant so that the person wondering astray could get back on track. What a wonderful God we have, Who is willing to help us get back on the right path. May the Lord help us to learn from the moments of life we are given, (those abounding moments and those affliction moments), and grow closer to the Lord and to get back on or continue on the path that He would have us to go.