Where do I begin?

Must I start at the end,

Where I tell you I’m no longer bound

Because Jesus Christ I have found

And my sins He has pardoned

No longer must I bargain

And plead

For my life to be freed

From the sin

That I entangled myself in.

But wait we must start

At the most important part

That became the root.

A piece of forbidden fruit.

We listened to a lie

And now someone must die

And for us the Father cried

Until He sent His Son to redeem

All those who believe

And in Him we have victory.

So for a long time I pled and I cried

And I tried and I tried

To release the pride

So deep inside

Along with the sin

That I entangled myself in.

Finally today

I can proudly say

I’ve released the stronghold

That was getting oh so old

And have been made free

Into a totally new me.


©Ashley Peterson 2006


So I dug up the old poem files and I came across this poem and my mind began to wander about the place I was in when I wrote this… I believe it was after camp during the summer sometime and I probably had just broken up with an ex or stopped talking to them or something… The line that gets me each time is “the sin that I entangled myself in…” I love that line and at the same time I hate it because it’s so true… most of the time if I’m into sin I can’t say “The devil made me do it…” If I were to say that I’d be lying (which is another sin…) I’m like Paul when he writes in Romans:

Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.  I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.                                                                           ~ Romans 7:13-25

He was talking about freedom from under the law which the Phariasees made to help people not sin but put more focus on the law than the actual sin. But like I said I’m free from that bond of sin…

And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
                                                                                                                        ~ Romans 6:18-23

Thankfully it didn’t stop at the wages of sin and being slaves to sin 🙂