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Sun, Jul 08, 2018

Liberty Through the Truth

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The Webster definition of bondage is “The state of being under control of a force or influence;” or “The state of one who is bound as in captivity or slavery.” Spiritual bondage does not mean you are being held physically captive. It has more to do with Webster’s first definition – In this case, the controlling force or influence starts out as the lusts of your own flesh, but is being manipulated by the demonic. But not all bondage is about possession; sometimes it is a matter of oppression.

The Webster definition of bondage is “The state of being under control of a force or influence;” or “The state of one who is bound as in captivity or slavery.” Spiritual bondage does not mean you are being held physically captive. It has more to do with Webster’s first definition – In this case, the controlling force or influence starts out as the lusts of your own flesh, but is being manipulated by the demonic. But not all bondage is about possession; sometimes it is a matter of oppression. Which means you can be saved and have the Holy Spirit living inside of you, and still open up areas of your life to demonic influence.

The only One who has never had any form of spiritual bondage is Jesus Christ (John 14:30). There was no sin in Jesus, therefore nothing for Satan to tempt Him with, no foothold or opening for him to rule over Jesus. But, how do people become bound? Spiritual bondage in any area of our lives occurs where we come into agreement with a lie from the enemy that is in direct opposition to God’s Word. In those areas, it gives the demonic legal access, and it is like an open invitation for them to come and torment us.

The easiest way to explain how a person can become bound up is to give an example: If someone hurts us and we become offended…we know the Word of God says to forgive them. If we decide NOT to obey the Word and forgive them, we open up a door for the enemy to come in and set up what is called a “foothold” (Eph. 4:27). If we give the enemy a foothold, and the Holy Spirit convicts us, but we choose to ignore it, eventually this foothold will grow into a stronghold.

You see, demons do not like to work alone – they come in packs. What happens after a foothold has been established? Since unforgiveness is not enough of a hold for the demons… it turns into resentment (a little bit stronger hold). If you do not deal with the resentment, it goes on to retaliation (an even bigger hold)…then full-blown anger (a HUGE hold). Before you know it, you have a stronghold of bitterness that is no longer restricted to this one particular incident, but has taken over every area of your life.

You now see everything through the eyes of bitterness. You wonder why you are so angry all the time…why bad things keep happening to you because your prayers are not answered? You wonder where the sickness you have came from?  (Many forms of sickness and disease are directly linked to opening ourselves up to some form of spiritual bondage). This is just one example of how a stronghold can be established. We can be bound because of habitual sin or giving into the lusts of our flesh (Rom. 8:5, 13; Acts. 8:23); disobedience (Eph. 2:2-3; 1 Chron. 9:1); ignorance of the Word of God (Eph. 4:17-18; Hos. 4:6; Isa. 5:13); and generational curses (Ex. 34:7).

Now, how we can find freedom from spiritual bondage? One, we must continually study God’s Word. Two, know the truth and practice it. Three, pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). Four, minister the Word. Spiritual liberation comes through the ministry of the Word into people’s lives (John 8:31-32). Five, repent. Six, renounce. To “renounce” means to “give up, refuse or resign by formal declaration.” Whereas repenting is directed towards God, renouncing is directed towards the enemy.

We are revoking any words that contradict God’s Word. We are cancelling any and all agreements with the enemy. Renouncing is the way by which we cut off any right for Satan to bind us or torment us. This is the way we resist them.

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