Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-
Being that today is Freedom Friday, I thought I would address the dangers of entertaining the enemy after your deliverance. I have been guilty of this, so I can discuss this- but even today I made up my mind that I was no longer going to entertain the demons that held me bound prior to deliverance. The fact of the matter is: Christ sets us free. He does, in fact John 8:36 states “Who the Son has set free is free indeed” meaning that once He has set you free, you are without a doubt free. I think the problem arises when we allow the old things that kept us bound to dictate to us concerning our freedom, and therefore we fall back into the bondage we fought so hard to get out of. I’m reminded of Jesus in John 5, how he healed the man that was sick for 38 years (he was crippled/paralyzed). Jesus told the man to take up his bed and to walk. He then found the man later and said “You art made whole. Go your way and sin no more, lest something worse come upon you.” This phrase “Go your way and sin no more” stood out to me because it showed me that the individual( man by the pool of Bethesda) was in the situation that he was in- ultimately because of sin.
Sin crippled him, Sin paralyzed him, and Sin had this man stuck in a painful place in life for 38 years.
Christ knowing this…approaches and heals this man of his infirmity, but then comes back forgives the sin and warns of the aftermath if the man returns back to that lifestyle.
I think that by Christ coming back and giving that warning, He was so wise. Think about it. If my friend was an alcoholic ( had real trouble with alcohol), I would not take him/her to a bar. Even though they may be strong enough to be in that environment, it would still be foolish of me to have what kept them bound in their vicinity. Here’s another example, say this man kidnapped me and hid me in his warehouse for a number of years. He fed me and gave me water but he tortured me and destroyed my self-esteem. The FBI gets word of my disappearance; they come, find and rescue me from the captivity of this man. I’m a free agent once again and I began to live life on my own. But what if, I return back to the one that put me into captivity. I showed up at the warehouse and I submit to my kidnapper once more, all of you would say that I made a stupid decision. I would get calls like “HOW COULD YOU?” and “WHY????” and “THE FBI SHOULDN’T HELP YOU THIS TIME.” Some might even call saying “WE HAVE WASTED OUR TIME AND RESOURCES ON YOU.” That’s just the honest-truth. The sad part is, we are like the character I portrayed to you tonight. Sin has kidnapped our free will, has bound and tormented us. So Christ being the awesome person He is, He comes like the FBI- He finds, rescue and sets us free. The kicker is: WE RETURN BACK TO OUR SIN!!!!. Does God the Son complain? No. Does He view us as a waste of time and resources? No. In fact, He rescues us again and again. But why live in bondage, when you can be free? Why live in this victim mentality, when you can be victorious? WHY???
So this evening, I whisper to you the same words that Jesus whispered to me : “You are made whole- Your sins are forgiven. Go your way and sin no more, lest something worse come upon you.”
Until next time,
P.S. For more passages of scripture regarding this subj, Check out : John 8: 1-11; Hebrews 12:1-2, Romans 12: 1-2, Galatians 5:1, and etc. There are many more about staying in the liberty of Christ. If you have any questions: feel free to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org, you can tweet or DM me @framesofdust8 or you can message me on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/authenticlove789. I ❤ you guys so much; stay encouraged!
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