Choosing Freedom over Slavery
Choosing Freedom over Slavery is a follow-up to: Afraid of the Unknown. Am I a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness? We ultimately will serve one master, God or the god of this world, Satan. This has been a common theme of teaching in multiple studies over the past few weeks – Choosing Bondage or Choosing Freedom in Christ. Choose wisely student of life!
Here’s my dilemma. The Lord has revealed to me sin in my life. Basically, I’m in bondage with knowledge that I have freedom in Christ. Again, check out Afraid of the Unknown to see where I’m going with this. The dreams I mentioned in that post were the Lord showing me that I was in prison, and that Freedom in Christ has been granted, but I’m not choosing to walk in it.
I remember hearing when slavery was abolished and many of the slaves that were set free did not know what to do, where to go, or how to handle their freedom. Same in the OT, when a slave was set free, at times, they wanted to stay with their master. They chose to remain in bondage because it was all they knew, even though freedom was made available to them.
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Luke 4:17-21 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Romans 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
So in relation to my dreams in the mentioned blog post, Jesus has shown me that the chains have been taken off. Jesus opened the door to the prison cell, but I didn’t walk out. He gave me the least traveled path to travel down in order to escape the corruption of the world, but I didn’t travel down it. He showed me the mountain to climb, but I stood still. He gave me a ladder of escape, but I didn’t move. Lord, I believe! Help me in my unbelief! In Jesus I pray, amen.
Psalms 107:14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
I covet your prayers and however else the Spirit leads. I know I just need to walk in my freedom, pick up my mat and walk. His yoke is easy, as mentioned in my other post – Keep it Simple Servant. He sure is speaking to me on this.. most of my recent blog posts are related to this topic, even Blind Step of Faith. And He even taught me in Signs from God that I need to pray. Lord, you have my attention. Your servant is listening. Help me Helper. In Jesus I pray, amen, amen, amen.