Chapter 6, Pages 103-105
Jeremiah 17:9 & 2 Corinthians 5:21

Like you, I’ve watched hundreds of movies and have heard numerous accounts of robberies that have taken place and as you know by now, I had shamefully participated in one myself as a teen.

In my book “Unshackled,” I mention the inmates at the SCI Camp Hill Prison who broke through a concrete wall and robbed the prison Commissary. Many of us stood scratching our heads in disbelief just like the authorities at how they could have done it. After a quick investigation, the few inmates suspected were dealt with and held accountable.

It wasn’t until some years later, and after hearing another crazy story of a guy who lost both arms attempting to steal glass insulators off high voltage power lines that I understood it was the condition of our hearts. It was told to me that while recovering in a hospital bed, he asked a visiting friend to steal the medical equipment being used to aid his recovery. It was then that I began to understand the real issue. It’s SIN.

“When the thousand years are up, Satan will be let out of his cell, and will launch again his old work of deceiving the nations.” Revelation 20:7

A thousand years under lock and key may have contained the the devil but not the will. I heard someone say correctly, “Bars and chains have never changed a soul.”

Jeremiah writes, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.” So, is there a cure or remedy? YES! Jesus, who knew no sin became a sin offering for us so that the righteousness of God could be ours.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

This is exciting news. When I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and to be the LORD of my life, it was the best decision I have ever made. It wasn’t the 34 years nine months and 15 days I spent incarcerated that change my life, it was a relationship with Jesus my Savior! Be encouraged today and share this with someone you know.