"All of us have times when we'd like to be completely free to do whatever we want. But total freedom or complete independence is never an option for us. The Bible declares that we are servants by nature, even though we might not realize it."

"Slave-making ants of the Amazon illustrate man's predicament. Hundreds of these ants periodically swarm out of their nest to capture neighboring colonies of weaker ants. After destroying resisting defenders, they carry off cocoons containing the larvae of worker ants. When these "captured children" hatch, they assume that they are part of the family and launch into the tasks they were born to do. They never realize that they are forced-labor victims of the enemy.

"Just as these little creatures are captives from the time of their birth, so we enter the world enslaved to sin. But by turning to Christ in faith, and by the Holy Spirit's power, we can begin serving the Lord. We are all servants."

(Turning Point Daily Devotional, 7/22/03)