8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” Proverbs 26:11

“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” Romans 6:16

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Romans 7:15

Whenever I sin these passages come to mind. I find that I am so like the people of Israel wanting to go back to Egypt at the littlest trial that comes up. Or like the early church, stumbling over old habits of righteousness instead of relying on grace alone. How true were God’s words to Cain in Genesis 4:7 “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

So what’s it going to be? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?