Believers In Bondage

In order for a Christian to be in bondage, there has to have been an open door in some area: Pride is one way a door is open and we studied that previously concerning Peter and Job, but there are three more ways we open a door to the enemy:

Continuing In Iniquity

John 8:31 – Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed, (Verse 32) “and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Jesus is talking to Jewish believers.) (Verse 33) They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and we have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free’?”

This is one of the best illustrations of people being in bondage and being blind to it. They were missing what He said first, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” Then the Jews answered Him that they had never been in bondage. That’s laughable. That is not true, which is what most people do when confronted with their bondage. All we have to do is read the Old Testament and see how many times they were taken captive and made slaves. Why won’t people just be honest with themselves? And when the Jews made this statement they were under the Roman rule. Jesus decides to make it very clear who is in bondage.

(Verse 34) Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. (He covered every one of us on that statement.) (Verse 35) “And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. (Verse 36) “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Jesus is not talking about salvation, but as believers we can choose to walk in the “Son-ship” that He’s given us or we can choose to go back into “Slave-ship.” He’s also saying that whoever chooses to continue in sin is a slave in bondage. This is whoever formulates or plans to sin on purpose with full intentions. They are in bondage to sin. This is not just a weakness in an area, it’s sin!

Here is another verse written to believers concerning this: Romans 6:16 – Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slave whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?

As believers we decide which one we are going to serve; whether we serve sin, which leads to death; or we are going to serve obedience to God which leads to righteousness.

Look at this Ole Testament Scripture: Jeremiah 7:8-11 – “Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. (Verse 9) “Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after gods whom you do not know, (Verse 10) “and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations’? (Verse 11) “Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the LORD.

People were still walking in their sin in Jeremiah’s day, as they are today. But when they went to the house of God, they are singing, “We are free!” Then God asked them, “Are you free to do these things?” Paul said not to use our freedom for an occasion for the flesh; make no provision for the flesh; don’t make plans to sin for lustful pleasure. We should be making plans to “get out of sin.” We also are to confess our sins to one anther so that we might be healed. Admit to the sin and get rid of it.

When a person continues in their sin, they are cracking the door for the enemy to come in to steal, kill, and destroy! Satan is just waiting for people to “crack that door!”

A Continued Illness

Not always, but a continued illness can be a sign that a door has been opened, that the enemy has come in and brought an illness with him. I wouldn’t say this if I didn’t have Scripture to back it up. Look at Luke: Luke 13:11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. (Verse 12) But when Jesus saw her He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.”

This was very unusual, because most people cried out to Him. (Verse 13) And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. (Verse 14) But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” (Verse 15)The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? (Verse 16) “So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound – think of it – for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”

The true children of Abraham believe in Jesus. When we accept Jesus, we become a son or a daughter of Abraham, spiritually.

Galatians 3:7 – Therefore know that “ONLY” those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. Galatians 3:29 – If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. By Jesus calling this woman a daughter of Abraham, she was a woman of faith!

I’m not saying that every person that gets sick, has opened a door to the enemy, but it is possible. There are many times in the Bible that demons do bring sickness. It makes sense that if they are going to steal, they will steal our health. That’s why when we go through difficult times or even an illness so look at all areas of your life and see if maybe a door was opened and a spirit of infirmity came in. If that is the case, there is good news, because it is spiritual and it can be dealt with. Jesus takes care of spiritual “roots” that take hold that affects us in the natural. If you need healing, just read the Gospels.

I am not talking about the horrible diseases that come out of the blue on people. All I’m saying is, check the areas in your life where you might have left a door open and a spirit of infirmity has come in and brought an illness.

Do you know an open door doesn’t necessarily have to be a particular sin. It can be believing a lie. Believing anything contrary to God’s word. For instance: You are never going to get well: that pain will never go away: they are always going to act like that; or the best one yet, “That person will never be saved!”

There are too many people that believe that “sickness is normal for them.” Continued illness could be a sign of demonic influence.

Continued Influence

Mark 7:24 – And from there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. (Verse 25) For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. (Verse 26) The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. (Verse 27) But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” (Verse 28) And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.” (Verse 29) Then He said to her, “For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” (Verse 30) And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.

This woman is a Greek, not a Jew. She is a Syro-Phoenician, a mixture. I don’t think God is talking about an interracial mixture. She’s half Phoenician. Tyre used to be Phoenicia and this was the “seat” of paganism, known by most theologians. Jezebel was born in Phoenicia. Jezebel was married to Ahab and brought the occult and witchcraft and false gods into Israel. This woman was also half Syrian which is “Pride representative of pride and witchcraft.

There are many believers that have this mixture in their life: They are prideful because they believe that they can dabble in the occult and it not affect them. Bull! Pride is knowing and believing that a believer can do small things that they know are cultish and it never affect them.

So this woman that went to Jesus had a background in the occult and it was already affecting her daughter. She had an open door in her house and a demon came into the little girl.

Deuteronomy 18:9 – “When you come into the land which the LORD God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. (Verse 10) “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or sorcerer, (Verse 11) or one who conjures spells,or a medium, or a spiritualist; or one who calls up the dead. (Verse 12) “For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of the abominations the LORD your God drives them out before you.

So back to this woman: When Jesus said, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to little dogs,” this sounds rude to us when we read this but Jesus was simply using Biblical language. Revelation 22:14 – Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. (Verse 15) But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. Dogs represent the lost.

Philippians 2:2, the Apostle Paul said, “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers.” Beware of evil workers. This woman was telling Jesus, “Lord, I need deliverance from this demon!” And He tells her that it’s not for the lost, it’s for the children of God. He’s not talking about deliverance for salvation. He is referring to this demon that is in the child. You have to believe in the Messiah in order to get set free from a demonic spirit. He’s the One that brings deliverance, and you have to believe in Him. I’ve tried to talk to people when they have been sick a long time, but they refuse to believe and be born again. They just want me to pray and think everything will be fine.

The woman then said, “Even dogs get crumbs. What an amazing statement! And Jesus told her because of what she just said, He set her daughter free. She had to humble herself and stop being selfish and rebellious.

Bottom line: If we humble ourselves, give Him control, and believe in Him, He will set us free indeed!

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