2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Freedom is something that we all desire and over the next several weeks we are going to discuss how to achieve true freedom.
“None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe the Famous German Novelist from the 1700s
Freedom: The drive for freedom is part of what makes us human,
- Wars are fought for it
- Nations are birthed in the name of it
- Nations are destroyed in the name of it
- Siblings fight over it
- Parents argue with teenagers to define it
We are going to discuss the opposite of freedom first, bondage.
Bondage: Stuck, Blocked, Trapped, Frustrated, Dissatisfied
These are words that people use to describe their situation when they are in bondage.
- Bondage manifests itself in two main forms:
- A deep dissatisfaction that never seems to go away
- Enslavement to destructive habits or other negative patterns of living that we can’t break free from
The two destructive behaviors are connected and arise out of our misguided attempts to quench our dissatisfaction. If the first type of bondage is the condition of being dissatisfied then wouldn’t you agree that the majority of us suffer from some degree of bondage. Yes, generally, we are dissatisfied people. We need more money, more time, more of what someone else has. We think that if we just had what they have then life would finally work for us. This type of bondage is the seemingly unquenchable search for satisfaction. The more desperately we search for satisfaction the further it seems away and the less we have of it.
Now let’s contrast that with Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:7
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Was Jesus just making this stuff up? No, it really does work that way!
For most of us though these outward frustrations are not nearly so powerful or relentless as the inward ones.
That leads us to the second type of bondage, enslavement to destructive habits.
From harmless habits to the dangerous habits.
- I will start the new eating plan tomorrow
- This is a really bad time for me to quit smoking
- I am under so much stress right now
- I know I shouldn’t go into more debt but when will it ever be on sale like this again?
We try to convince ourselves that
- We will grow out of our habit
- There will be a more convenient time
- Maybe it will just go away
What about our endless struggle with the same old character flaws that keep hindering our progress towards freedom? We either make excuses for our shortcomings or worst we blame them on someone else. She pushes my buttons, I never get a supervisor who gets me. Well, guess what, it is time to break the cycle! Don’t you want to find true freedom from the bondage that keeps you going in the same destructive circle! It is possible and available.
John 8:33 “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone.
Next week we will look at 3 levels of bondage and counterfeit definitions of freedom. Stick with us and true freedom will be yours!
Message from Church on the Lake by Pastor Mike Hooper
Blog by Jami Johns