How to Get Out of Bondage

how to get out of bondage

how to get out of bondageLet me start by reminding you about the good news, the unconditional love of God for you.

God cares and He is not out to get you, to punish you or strike with his wrath. He knows all about your sins but still loves you.

He cares about the salvation of humanity, His ultimate sacrifice. He came to show you kindness, to take care of you and to restore to you what you’ve lost.

None can do better!

Your part is to believe the Gospel and receive the gift of salvation, which is a direct response to God by faith. Now this gift has everything you will ever need in this life because God has provided and prepared it for us, by His Grace.

We don’t need to re-do, re-think or to re-invent the wheel despite our good intentions.

I sincerely hope and pray that this truth will become crystal clear to you because this is extremely empowering.

See, I love simple things and this is the simple truth. It’s not complicated at all.

But the problem comes from unbelief and where you have not allowed the truth to impact your life. If the truth is not revealed to you, then you will be in possession of a weak mind and…

Weak Minds Lead to Weak Actions

And allowing your mind to stay weak will surely result in a life mired in mediocrity, defeat and unhappiness. This is far from the will and the plan of God for you.

Today, I would like to talk to you a little about one of the underlying problems, which is a major obstacle to our enjoyment of this journey, as Christians, and the keys to overcoming this hindrance.

First of all, don’t you absolutely long for the time when you can be free to experience happiness and contentment in fulfilling your purpose or your calling?

Yet that certain ‘thing’ or feeling which constantly hinders and interrupts your enjoyment of life seems like a shadow and an unwelcomed companion that seems to follow every step you make.

It consistently prevents you from smelling the roses along the way, from admiring the beauty of the hillside and nature’s landscapes, not to mention the frequent frown that stops you from smiling and giving that often well needed encouragement to your fellowmen along the way…

I believe that while the truth may not shock you – the knowledge that you are partly at fault, just might.

Now, the cause of this major stumbling block is caused by…

Sin and Our Lack of Knowledge

It might seem like I am preaching to the choir here, but first let me say what sin is and I am not being judgmental because being in bondage is a state we all can relate to.

We all have been in bondage at one time or another and unfortunately there remains far too many of us in the church still living comfortably within its walls, despite the fact that our freedom and our divine release have been given and our change has come.

Religion is one of the areas that we are bound to. It’s a bit like sleeping with the enemy. Here is the problem with religion. It concerns external action and it’s not particularly bothered about the issues of the heart. You are kept believing that your deliverance and salvation depends on you.

It forever blindfolds and leads you under the guise that you can only approach or receive from God by your own doing or your own righteousness. And as a result, you live under a performance mentality. You are blinded from what God has done for you, through Jesus, by focusing on what you are doing to get God’s righteousness through outward appearances.

This error will hold you in bondage.

Furthermore, when you hold or put more emphasis on the traditions of men over the commandments of God, or holding it in high esteem, you in effect are neutralizing the power of God’s Word in your life. Big mistake!

You will be kept in bondage when you neglect the word of God and fall for any word contrary to the Word of God. Because in essence, you are obeying your feelings, desires, your senses and you are tricked into believing that that’s okay. But that’s sin.

You need to understand that you will be tempted at the place where you are weakest and most vulnerable. But you can safeguard yourself by being open to truth and to trust God and understand that His Word is right anyhow, anywhere and in any situation.

Have you ever been in situation when you are struggling to do what is right and you accept the thought that plays out like, “Oh, God knows you are human…?”

Yes God knows you are human, but here is the thing. God has already made a way for you, through Jesus who was made human for our benefit.

Remember, because He knows what you are, He did what you could not, so that through His Grace you can now do what you could not.

Reject the Lies of The Enemy

Only you can, and the more you do, the stronger you will be.

I have heard it said that a strong, disciplined mind cultivated through daily practice, could make miracles. I tend to agree.

Many believers, myself included, at one point or another suffer needlessly because we believe the wrong things about God.

If you want to live your life to the fullest, care for your thoughts as you would your most treasured possessions. Try to be very meticulous and the rewards will be abundant.

So let’s be clear here. As a believer, a Christian, a child of God, a saved man or woman of God, you can and will find that you are living in bondage to sin when the Fruits of the Spirit of God are not manifested in your life. Which self-examination can only come about by the Holy Spirit and the mirror of God’s Words.

In reality you have remained sick, depressed, fearful, miserable and poor – mentally, physically and emotionally. These are barren and unfruitful areas in your life, which you must give up to God.

As written in Philippians 2:5 – Let this mind be in you, which also was in Christ Jesus:

Guide your mind because you can be led away into captivity, primarily by your thought life and your feelings.

As you know, we are created with certain feelings, emotions and indeed our five senses. This is why it is so important that you learn to master the ‘feelings’ into submission with the Word of God.

Not the other way around.

Now I know you know as well as I do that the enemy desires to take a stronghold in your mind (and heart). That’s where the devil wishes to rule your life.

Because if he can destroy your mind, you will become of…

No Earthly Good in the Kingdom of God

But the good news is you can turn your life around, because you and only you have the power to give full control of your life over to Jesus.

As Christians we say that God rules and has complete control over everything and all things. He is supreme and I agree. But let me ask you this question.

Does God have complete control over every area of your life?

If He does then you are free. Praise the Lord!

But if God does not, then you are in bondage and you need to figure out who or what has dominion over you.

Perhaps you are not sure.

Well, let’s see… do you allow the negative sentence to complete itself in your head? Are you particularly hard on yourself? Are you judgmental, quick to criticize yourself and others? Maybe you complain a lot and love to blame and condemn others and not take responsibility for your own actions or inactions?

Are you quick to see flaws in others but see yourself as well, perfect? If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, then…

All these and more are common thoughts, practices and habits that we have allowed access into our mind and think nothing of it.

A word of wisdom… remove and resist the urge to continue ties with them. You must work hard to remove all inner turbulence because an undisciplined mind does great harm.

But all is not lost. You can receive your freedom by…

The Renewing of Your Mind

The believer’s life, your life, is a gift from God which you must decide how to unwrap and delight yourself in. Indeed, a journey which is meant to be freely and wholeheartedly taken even though you will meet bumps and unevenness along the way.

This decision is entirely up to you.

Now to do this you must practice studying and meditating on the Word of God, specifically about who you are in Christ.

Repeat them often until it becomes your ability, your nature, to wholeheartedly believe the Word of God.

Here are a few practices and attitudes to start you off with: Refuse to worry, adopt an attitude of gratitude, always give thanks and stay open to receive God’s help. Remain restful in the presence of the Lord at all times, enjoy His peace and the security of His love for you and last but not least walk by faith and not by sight.

I believe once you see and know who you are in Christ and believe with your heart the gospel of Jesus, as it regards your position in the world, it will make a lot of difference to you and the way you live.

You will experience a release from your captivity and see the physical manifestation of the Fruits of the Spirit.

Finally, a word of caution, remember, the devil comes to steal, to kill and to destroy and will show up at the place where you have a need. So let God be the supplier of all your needs according to His riches in glory.

Because when you accept what the enemy of your soul offers, he will lead you away into captivity.

With that said, be strengthened in the knowledge that he has no power over you except the power you give to him.

The Holy Spirit and You

Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: …  [2 Cor 5:17]

Put another way, your spirit is brand new. It neither has nor knows sin. This truth may sound… unbelievable… but it is the truth.

Let us take a look at the picture of Jesus, since He is the author and finisher of our faith. This picture I cannot help myself from gazing at, over and over.

Jesus was God, but he had a human body, correct?

Well his body had to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God.

How much more, you who was born of the flesh? You must be subjected to and by the word of God. A discipline which is essential to your growth in the knowledge of God.

Having been born again of the water and the Holy Spirit, the same spirit which was in Jesus, has all the power and components which will make your life an effective, victorious and fulfilled one.

And without, you are living far below your potential and the standard which God has for you.

That being said, I know there are many Christians who are ‘born again’ but their life has taken on a subservient role that is down trodden and littered with frustration. I can relate.

See, this lackluster and defeat riddled lifestyle happens when you are not believing to use what you have within to the glory of God.

In other words, you put very little emphasis and or value to it.

On the other hand if you take stock of what is within you, you can be like the woman with the ‘little’ oil who, at the words of the prophet and her obedience, soon experienced a supernatural increase which not only benefited her house but her community as well.

She became a very successful entrepreneur overnight.

Have faith in the word of God

Believing the word of God, above everything that you see naturally, and what the Holy Spirit teaches about Jesus and your identity in Him will ultimately produce your deliverance.

This growth in faith will not happen overnight and it does not come about by you doing nothing.

So do yourself a favor and pay attention to that strong desire for the word of God and the companionship and fellowship of Jesus which will come upon you.

From my experience, this is more than likely your queue from God to receive from Him. As a young child seeks for food from his mother.

Do not ignore the Holy Spirit.

This yearning and seeking after God is common to all who are born of the Spirit and, the truth of the matter is you can only be truly satisfied when you receive from Him.

But not all live in obedience

As you mature and grow in the word of God and your relationship with Him, you will begin to see who you are in Christ.

You will see that ‘the position’ that Adam and Eve had lost way back in the generation of man, mentioned in the book of Genesis, has been restored to you, through the Grace of God in Jesus.

But the problem that we all face, being born of the flesh, is that we often fall prey to Satan’s lies.

When you believe the lies brought to you by Satan through craftiness and his perversion of the truth, you run the risk of following your feelings, your emotions and senses and not the still soft voice of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

So now that you know better, take hold of the truth and let the Holy Spirit and His word, be your guide, your teacher, your helper, your friend… everything you want Him to be for you.

Just don’t give up. When you stumble and even when you fall, and you will since you have never walked this way before, don’t give up.

Keep on following Jesus

Know that He remains with you with hands of mercy stretched out still. Be encouraged in the love that God has for you as you grow.

Finally, another point I would like to add that I have learned through my experience. Don’t focus on yourself and whatever you have or have not done.

You will get ‘stuck’ with this attitude.

Again, look only to Jesus, focus on Him and see His works, which guarantees your righteousness or right standing in God.

Be glad and rejoice for his works solidifies your relationship with God and your authority and dominance over sin and its destructive fruits.

Believe Jesus and what he has done for you.

My fellow readers, to neglect, disregard and discount what Jesus has accomplished for you to inherit eternal life will disqualify you from fully enjoying your life here on earth and experiencing the fullness of the victorious Christian life.

Again, this too is a gift from God and according to your belief you may or may not receive it.

But it’s really your call…