The Prison of Heaven or Hell

“You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”
Romans 6:18 (NIV)

God wants the best for everyone. He wants to imprison us with freedom expressed through love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self control. People want the best for themselves. They imprison themselves with shackles of independence, self reliance, success, comfort, and pride. This prison looks good on the surface, but erodes the soul. This poem echoes the struggle that everyone faces when presented with these two options.

It’s in the details, the quite moments, life’s prison cell,
That life creates a circular hell.

Walking the road of uncertainty.
Fighting the wants of complacency.
Looking to live transparently.

It’s in the reason and clear confession, we see God’s prison.
Hopelessness caves to hope when God gives reason.

Longing to do what’s right.
Wanting to sleep, but needing to fight.
Running through darkness searching for light.

Turn yourself in,
Stop running within.
Embrace God’s ways,
His prison awaits.

What is keeping you from embracing God’s prison?

How can you better experience God’s freedom?

Thank You for wrapping us in Your arms of freedom. God, I pray that I rest in the power of Your ways. I don’t want to live without Your protection, affection, and strength. I pray that today my life reflect Your ways, not my own.

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