Let’s just dive on in.
If you are struggling with lust, fornication, sexual identity, homosexuality, drunkenness, lying, anger, bitterness etc. There is hope. There is something better… someone greater. His name is Jesus.
John 14:6- Jesus answered, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life…
In case no one has ever mentioned it to you or you forgot, Jesus Christ came to free you, me and all mankind from sin. ( Let’s be clear all of the above struggles and more are sin) He died and rose again defeating death to not only finish sin off but to seal it away for all those who would choose to believe in him.
John 8:36- So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
This is not to say that these same issues won’t try to attack you or sneak back into your life. They will! Take the story of the unclean spirit found in Luke 11:24-26
24 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”
Listen, this is now active and engaging war. But take heart Jesus has overcome this world. He has defeated evil and in him we have the victory. It is through Christ that we can do all things; stand firm, know when to run and even when to fight. He equips us with his Spirit, Word and with the Armor of God ( Ephesians 6: 10-19).
The #MajorKey is BELIEF! FAITH! Believing that God is not a man that he should lie- Numbers 23:19.
If you noticed I have not mentioned people; Preachers and fellow Christians etc. People have their place in this war to remain free as well. But it (people) can trap you too. Some of you may be tired of church and the people in them. I implore you to check where your loyalty and connection lies. Is is truly with God or with the people who are suppose to represent him? The relationship was always meant to be directly between man and God. A vertical relationship. The horizontal is just an extension of the vertical relationship. If there is no vertical relationship, having a horizontal one will be very difficult.
Interesting note: The Cross. Jesus was hung on the cross vertically depicting the relationship of the Father and Son. His arms stretched horizontally wide seemingly covering or embracing all of mankind. One man representing all relationships. **
Free from people bondage, we can collaborate and partner with people to advance and to gain support. In the Roman army, they wore their whole armor and shield. At times the army would ban together to form one huge shield, that way all of the soldiers were protected. Sometimes the enemy attacks from behind or the side. Well we don’t have eyes in the back of our heads or on the sides of our heads. But our brother or sister in Christ can see the attack and guard us and vice verse. That is the effective use of fellowship and church. And should for some reason we fall or begin to stumble they are there to catch us or poster us up to regain our strength. This is how we remain in the freedom that Christ Jesus has bought with his blood and his life for us.
Listen, the Word of God is life. Literally! “man does not life on bread alone but by every word from the mouth of the living God…. God spoke the heavens and earth into existence… In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
SPEND TIME IN THE WORD FOR YOURSELF!
Every bible has a reference in the back. Do studies based on various areas of your life. Things that you may be struggling with. What does God say about them? What battle strategy does he give for defeating them?
Today’s world has normalized bondage. We are obsessed, addicted and enslaved to sexual immorality but it looks and feels “normal” and “good”. We have a choice to enjoy and live temporarily in false freedom of sin. Or live now and eternally in the freedom of Christ Jesus.
I have tried the way of the world and spent more time covering up my brokenness and depression verses the latter when Jesus Christ healed my brokenness and gave me a new life. Life with real peace, joy, love, faithfulness etc. At one point I honestly thought I had to be in a relationship and had to have sex in order to feel loved. That was a lie! I have now been single (for real) for 3 years. No guys and no sex for 3 whole years and I am at the most joy-filled place in my life. What the world told me I needed and could only find in a relationship and sex was actually partially true. I indeed needed relationship but with God. His love is freely given and completely fulfilling.
Confusion, delusion, addiction, lust, abuse etc are not of God or pleasing to God. He is calling people out of bondage of all kinds and into true freedom.
Let Freedom Reign!