Getting set free from bondage is a journey. Freedom involves deliverance and discipleship. You can’t disciple a demon and you can’t cast out the flesh. Many people don’t get deliverance from bondage because they don’t think they can be in bondage if they are a Christian.
However, from the previous studies we know that if we leave a door open in an area, a thief comes in and will steal, kill, and destroy. There are four keys to being set free:
1) Recognize You Need Help
You can read the entire chapter of Luke 15 that is about the lost son, but I am going to start in verse 17: Luke 15:17 – “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! This young man was eating what they fed the pigs and he knew that he needed help. He got tired of living that way. There are a lot of people that feel like they have reached the end of all hope, until they come to themselves. The only one’s that will never be set free are the one’s who won’t admit that they have a problem.
2) Repent to God And To Others
Once we recognize that we have a problem, repent to God and to others. However, most people I know who call themselves a Christian, will not admit that they have done anything wrong. Therefore they never repent and they never get delivered.
Luke 15:18 – ‘I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.’
Repentance and confession are not the same thing! Repentance includes confession. This young man “confessed” his sin. But, you can confess your sins and not repent. In other words a person can say, “Yes, I did it,” and yet do it again. So what does true repentance mean?
Repentance comes from two Greek words, one word but made up of two: “Metanoia” means to change; “Noia” means the mind. So repentance means that you change your mind! It’s not that we just change our mind about our sin, it’s that we change our mind about “our-self.” We change our mind about who God created us to be! We also change our mind about God. This is a “process” that Christians continue throughout their life. We renew our minds with the Word of God.
There are people today teaching that once a person gets saved, they don’t ever have to repent again. The reason they teach and believe this is because they think repentance means to, “Just turn from your sin.” That is not what repentance means. It includes that if you are in sin, but what if you are not in sin and just change your mind? The process of changing our mind is a continuing process as we learn the truth from God’s Word. It is not a one time deal!
If repentance just means to turn from sin, then what’s going to stop them from sinning again, unless they change their mind about that sin? As the mind goes, there goes the body – our actions. We not only change our mind about sin, but we repent from sin, and repent to God and to the one’s we sin against.
Matthew 5:23, 24 – “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, (Verse 24) “leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Plain and simple: Get right with your brother first and then get right with God. And did you notice that it said, “If your brother has something against you,” not if you have something against your brother?
James 5:16 – Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
Most will have no problem confessing wrong to God, but will not go to their sister or brother in Christ and ask for forgiveness. But James just told us if you want to be set free and healed, we confess to one another!
3) Renounce The Lies Of Satan
Every bondage begins with a lie from Satan. There is a lie that the person believed to start with and continued to believe. However, if a person will stay in God’s Word, the truth will prevail. Read what God says about you and what the Bible tells us who God is and get set free! Renew your mind!
Luke 15:25 – “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. (Verse 26) “So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. (Verse 27) “And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ (Verse 28) “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. (Verse 29) “So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandments at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.
There’s two lies right there: He said, “I never transgressed your commandments at any time.” We know that’s a lie because he was not perfect and Jesus is the only One that is perfect, so at some point in his life he had done something wrong. Lie number 2: He told his father, “You never gave me a goat.” Luke 15:12 – “And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood.”
The father divided his livelihood among the two sons, and that included the animals. And the older son got twice as much as the younger son because he was the first-born. The father gave this older son 2/3rd’s of all he had and you know there was a goat in the mix.
Luke 15:31 – “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.’ “
This older son never left home, but he was still in bondage to bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment, hate, jealousy, and envy. The younger son comes home and he won’t even go into the party because of all these emotions. He was letting his emotions control him.
Do you know that Christians actually get mad at other Christians when God blesses them because they think that Christian doesn’t deserve it. They think because they haven’t done what the other has done, they shouldn’t be blessed at all. Let them suffer a little while longer.
Do you ever get jealous over God blessing another Christian more than you think He is blessing you? This is a lie straight from the devil! God is no respecter of persons. Does it not rain on the just and the unjust? Do not bad things happen to “good Christians?”
Receive The Gifts Of The Father
Luke 15:22 – “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his fee.
The robe represents “Righteousness”: Isaiah 61:10 – He has covered me with the robe of righteousness. If we are going to be set free, we have to receive forgiveness. The ring represents “Authority.” When Pharaoh put Joseph in command, he gave him his ring. The sandals represent “Power.” This gift of power is not something, it is someone! Acts 1:8 – “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Not in our own authority, but in the authority of the Holy Spirit, we as Christians can bind these principalities that come against us, but we must include confession and repentance! No one has to stay in bondage. Draw close to God and He will draw close to you! You can be set Free indeed!