“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us FREE (!), and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the word ‘Bondage’? Possibly someone physically tied with a rope or bound with chains?
That’s what I tend to think of…but physical bondage isn’t the only type of bondage…there is another, more dangerous, type of bondage. Spiritual bondage.
The word ‘Bondage’ means ‘slavery; subjection; compulsory servitude’
So many people in this world are in some sort of spiritual bondage and don’t even realize it. Others may realize it, but don’t know how to break free from them. Below are some notes that I took from our church service August 29th.
The message was on ‘Walking at Liberty’.
What is walking at liberty? Walking at liberty is walking DAILY with the Lord.
Sin brings us into bondage.
What are the keys to breaking the bondage?
1) Truth – “And ye shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall make you
free.” John 8:32
2) Death to self/sin – “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin,
That grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to
sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were
baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we
are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was
raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also
should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in
the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his
resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that
the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not
serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.” Romans 6:1-7
3) Broken Spirit / Broken & Contrite heart – “The sacrifices of God are a
broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not
despise.” Psalm 51:17
4) Confession – “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso
confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13
5) Walk in the Light – “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye
light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in
all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable
unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:8-11
How Do I Defend Myself?
1) By putting on the armor of God – Ephesians 6:10-18 –
Truth, Righteousness, preparation of the gospel of peace,
Faith, Salvation, Sword of the Spirit (word of God).
2) Singing and praying to God – Remember Paul and Silas in the Prison?!
3) Speaking to yourselves in Psalms – Ephesians 5:19-20, Psalm 25
There are still going to be ‘Cookie Jars’ (temptations) out there…Satan isn’t going to stop his attacks…in fact…they may come harder than before!
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.” 2nd Corinthians 3:17
I hope I put this in a way that everyone can understand it, and that you can break the chains of bondage that are holding you and that you can be Walking at Liberty!! I personally have been set FREE from chains of bondage in just the past month or so, and it has brought about a lot of changes and challenges in my life, but it is so worth it all in the end!!
May God Bless you as you continue to seek and serve Him!
Your Sister in Christ,