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Breaking the Grip of Sin
Breaking the Grip of Sin
Have you ever heard of the King Kong Grip Challenge? Or how about Mighty Mitts? Grip strength was once an odd type of performance you might see at the county fair, but now it has become a sport in its own right. People now compete in one-arm deadlifts, nail bending, and closing the torsion spring on a hand gripper.

Joseph Greenstein, known as “The Mighty Atom,” had one of the strongest grips in the world. Born in Poland in 1893, he eventually came to the United States where he excelled as a strongman and was regularly featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. He gave his last performance at the age of 84, when he dazzled an audience by bending horseshoes and driving spikes through metal with the palm of his hand.

One of the strongest grips in the world is the clutch of sin on the human heart. Men and women have tried, in their own strength, to set themselves free from this tenacious hold. But something more is needed to break the grasp of sin. Ellen White explains,

“Our condition through sin is unnatural, and the power that restores us must be supernatural, else it has no value. There is but one power that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power of God” (God’s Amazing Grace, page 104).

As you work with interests, seekers must be led to admit their need of God’s power to help them be set free from the power of sin. We must teach them that in humility there is strength, that in confessing our weakness we may be released from Satan’s hold and place ourselves into God’s hands, whose grip will never let us go.

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