Set Free

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!

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Set Free

John 8:31 – Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciple indeed. (Verse 32) “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Verse 33) They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free’?” (Verse 34) Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. (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.”

So, is it possible for a Christian to be in bondage? Yes, and most people are after they first get saved because of their past. You can’t just quote Verse 32, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The word “and” comes before it, and before that, the verse says, “If” you abide in My word.” The truth is only going to make you free, if you abide in His word.

Whomever commits sin is in bondage, according to Jesus. In the Greek, the word “commit” means “prolonged.” Someone that continues in a particular sin for a long period of time, is in bondage. Bondage is an impulsive or compulsive behavior that restricts us from living and enjoying the freedom that Jesus died to give us.

Jeremiah 7:8 says, “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 other 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 abomination’? (Verse 7:11) 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.”

Here is what Jeremiah is saying, “People who are saved, Christians, come to church still living in continuous sin, and say, ‘We’re delivered”, but haven’t changed in their daily living. Jeremiah asks, “What are you free to do? Are you free to commit sin?”

Jesus didn’t die for us to be free to sin. He died for us to be free from sin. Not that we will be perfect, but so that we won’t have a compulsive, continuous behavior that will destroy our lives.

When a believer is filled with the “Holy Spirit,” we continue to yield to His influence by praying and reading God’s Word. As we yield to His influence, we are filled with Him.

But what happens if a person continues to yield to a “demonic spirit?” What happens if a person continues to yield to their anger or lust, for instance? That person will be filled with whatever they yield to.

Romans 6:15 says, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! (Verse 16) “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”

Obviously, Paul is talking to believers. Whomever you yield to, obey, you are in bondage to. Most people will never admit that they have a bondage area in their lives and that is why they are not set free.

The Jews couldn’t admit they were in bondage because in Verse 33, they told Jesus that they were descendants of Abraham and had never been slaves. They point-blank said, “We have never been in bondage to anyone!”

That statement is actually funny because, if you look through the history of the Jews, you will see how many times the Jews were in “Total Bondage.” To just name a few: The Babylonians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Romans, and on and on. This is called “selective memory,” as some Christians have today.

Christians think because they are a believer and they come to church, they certainly couldn’t be in bondage in any area. They will make excuses and say things like, “I have a weakness in that area.” Bull! That’s bondage to a spirit that is not of God. A person will never get free if they never admit they have a major bondage in a certain area and do something about it.

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus is the truth. He didn’t say, “You shall know of the truth.” There is a difference between just meeting Jesus one time and knowing Him. We are to know Him intimately. Fully knowing Him is what will break those chains of bondage and will set a person free. The more we know God, the more we know His word. The more we know His word, the more we will know Jesus, and that my friend is what will set you free.

Being set free really doesn’t depend on us. It depends on Jesus. The difficult part is for an individual to admit it and ask for help. But once they do, they are on their way to being set free. Jesus is not intimidated by Satan. He does not have to “get built up” to kick Satan out of something. All Jesus has to do is say the “Word!” Here is the great part, not only do we admit the bondage and ask Jesus for help, but He’s already done what’s needed to be done.

1 John 3:8 says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

Mark 9:17 – Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. (Verse 18) And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” (Verse 19) He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” (Verse 20) Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. (Verse 21) So he asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.”

Picture that. Jesus doesn’t get excited and start yelling at the demon that has taken over this boy. He is not impressed with Satan’s tactics. (Verse 22) And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” (Verse 23) Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believe.”

How many of us have prayed, “If You can do anything Lord, help me.” Jesus turned it back to the father of this boy and said, “If you can believe.” Then Jesus sets the boy free when the father says, “Lord, I believe!” 

Come to Jesus with your belief and faith in Him, and He will set you free! Please remember this: Satan does not have the power to stop any one from coming to Jesus!

Do you remember the man in Chapter 5 of Mark, where a crazy, demon possessed man was living in a cave? Look what Mark 5:6 says: “But when he (the demon possessed man) saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.” Even though this man was possessed, he still had the ability in his will to choose to worship Jesus. No one and certainly not a demon from hell, can stop any one from coming to Jesus to be set free from any kind of bondage!!