Freedom – 3 Levels of bondage

Freedom – 3 Levels of bondage

We try and we try but without a proper definition of the problem, we will always lack the proper tools for lasting freedom.

Three Levels of Bondage

How do we get in it and how do we get out of it?

  1. Bondage to bad definitions
  2. Bondage to ourselves
  3. Bondage to a variety of obstacles

The trap of bad definitions, if a person has a faulty idea of what freedom is then nothing will set them free no matter how hard they try. This is why a bad definition is the first and greatest level of bondage.

People are in bondage to their own definition of freedom, and an inaccurate definition that cannot produce freedom will just produce further bondage.

Three counterfeit definitions of freedom

  1. Freedom is the absence of boundaries

We think freedom looks like an animal roaming free with no fences, as an adult, the variety of fences can be endless. The trap occurs when we believe that removing the obstacles will make us free. That is not real freedom because it depends on someone else. We have now granted them control over us. It is the belief itself that has us stuck not the boundary

2.  Freedom is the absence of frustrating habits 

This counterfeit focuses on treating the symptoms instead of the root cause.

If I simply stop whatever compulsive behavior that seems to be the source of frustration for me or my loved ones then I will be free. This is not true because as humans, we often substitute one habit for another.

To change behavior without experiencing true freedom leads to greater frustration and eventually to a sense of powerlessness and even hopelessness.

3. Freedom will come when my circumstances or relationships change.

We think we will be free if we get out of the relationship that seems to bind us. We believe situations or certain people are keeping us stuck. If we are struggling in our marriage freedom must be getting out of that marriage. FALSE! 

 So What is Freedom?

John 8:36 A son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

“Freedom is the ability to act and react in life as the man or woman you were created to be”

Who were we created to be? A son or daughter of the Father. Freedom is always about becoming ourselves within our circumstances. So when bad things start to happen it’s in the middle of that that you begin to understand that who you are in Christ is what helps you walk through the circumstances in your life!!!

The evidence of true freedom is:

  • When we can act and react without insecurity, without judgment without fear, without rage, without selfishness, and without codependency.

If we depend on a definition of freedom that does not include an understanding of our true identity it will always lead us astray.

The next two levels of bondage are ourselves and our obstacles.

If we try to address the obstacles without some idea of who we truly are it would be like trying to take a trip without choosing a destination.

Jesus knows about freedom, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. What does Jesus say to us, Repent!

The problem here is that when we hear repent we think ok, I will stop stealing and start praying, I will stop cursing and start giving in the offering. That is just changing bad content for good content, swapping the knowledge of evil with the knowledge of good.

But when Jesus says repent He is saying Metanoia which means: To think different and live differently. We must change the lenses and the filters so that we can think differently and live differently.

The third level of bondage is the obstacles but start thinking about this and we will discuss it more over the rest of this series, people and relationships are not your obstacles to freedom.

You really can be free without anyone changing but yourself.

2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (freedom). It is within reach it is not a myth

To be free is to be able to act and react fully out of who you were designed and created to be, a Son and Daughter of the Father

Message from Church on the Lake by Pastor Mike Hooper 

Blog by Jami Johns

One Comment

  1. Kathy

    Amen and repent means a turning away from the life you once knew and picking up your cross to follow him and enduring persecution; For persecution will come but know that they are against Christ in your not you personally so don’t take it personally….Thank you for making this available and will share it….

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