“If ever there is a genuine paradox to be found in Holy Writ, it is at the point of freedom and bondage. The paradox is this: When one seeks to rebel from God, he gains only bondage. When he becomes a slave to God, he becomes free. Liberty is found in obedience.” R. C. Sproul
Maybe you’ve noticed that there are a lot of hang-ups, hurts and bad habits among Christians. Yet, we are supposed to be free! It seems that some Christians have decided it is not important to be free of sin or pursue holiness, 1 Peter 1:15, 16 and Hebrews 12:14. We are not to see our freedom in Christ as license to sin. When we don’t make the Lord’s agenda our top priority (rebellion) we develop idols that trap our hearts. When we can’t make the Lord agenda our top priority (spiritual bondage) we need deliverance.
Some “isms” of bondage among Christians. Discuss how each limits the pursuit of God and His holiness in our lives. (Believe it or not there are Christians with these problems!)
Each of these represent a stronghold of self-dependence that needs to be submitted to the Lordship of Christ through death to the old man, Romans 6:5-7. We must become weak that He may be made strong in our lives! This may require affliction.
2 Corinthians 1:8, 9. What was the result of Paul’s pain and afflictions?
2 Corinthians 12: 8-10. Paul’s experience- “When I am weak then I am ________”
Since weakness is not valued in our culture, we have to go against the tide of popular opinion to embrace the true life of Christ. We must die to our self-dependence and learn dependence on Him.
Since I am dead to my old life and have been resurrected with Christ:
- Sin has no power over me, Romans 6:14
- Satan cannot keep his grip on me, Ephesians 6:10-13
- The flesh cannot direct my daily decisions, Romans 8:9
All 3 of these statements are 100% true no matter how we feel.
To be free of bondage, I must believe and declare that, as a new creation, I am no longer unloved, insecure, inferior or guilty. I am completely forgiven, totally accepted, as righteous as Jesus, and secure in God’s love. When I believe the right things, I start to behave the right way and I soon become the person God wants me to be.