Freedom In Christ

Subject: Freedom in Jesus through the Word of God/Deliverence from Strongholds

There are many forces that wish to “Ambush us” from living the victorious

and joyful life in the Freedom of Jesus Christ, and from being able to

follow him with a whole heart

Some of these “Ambush Points” that impede or “Block” freedom in Jesus are:

       POTENTIAL POINTS OF AMBUSH

Abuse

Pornography

Eating Disorders and related issues of Self Image/Self Esteem

Divorce

Family/Parental Relational Trauma

Rebellion to Authority Figures

Occult Activity

Generational Sins (“curses” put upon us – knowingly and unknowingly)

Various addictions – Drugs and Alcohol

Financial Chaos (Debt)

Depression and mental illness

Cultural Idolatry (movies/videos/music/sports/video games)

Fears and “believing” Lies

Negative attitudes

Bitterness/Unforgiveness

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God desires us to be “FREE” of these footholds and strongholds

He wants us to be absolutely and totally free, and has given us the “keys”

in the Word of God to be so (II Peter 1:3)

ABSOLUTELY FREE of all vestiges of footholds/strongholds by the Word of God

God’s Word says further

Psalms 119:45 – i will walk about in freedom, for i have sought out your

precepts

Isaiah 61:1 – god has sent me (Jesus) to bind up the broken-hearted, to

proclaim freedom to the captives and to release from darkness the prisoners

His Word (the Bible) is to be “Believed” because it is TRUTH (John 14:6),

and able to set us free

John 8:32 – then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free

By the Word of God and his very great and precious promises (II Peter 1:4)

we can experience freedom, as he has made provision for complete freedom in

Jesus Name and by his Jesus power

One of the schemes that Satan uses (II Corinthians 2:10) to hinder and

destroy our spiritual “life” is to get us to believe lies about ourselves

and about God………and to get us additionally to “fear” (fears generated

from things we have done in the past that are “ambushing” us, or generated

from things that have been “done TO us” in the past)

These lies are to be confessed (acknowledged/admitted) and repented of for us to be

“free” of their power over us (II Corinthians 2:10)

For to believe these “lies” that are contrary to the Truth of God about Him

and about ourselves is to fail to trust God’s Word, and this is Sin

Because it is SIN to NOT BELIEVE the God’s truth or trust in his Word and

his promises (it is sin to not believe the “truth” of what he says about us

or about Himself)

And these “fears” (both legitimate and illegitimate) are used  to

“hold us captive” (II Timothy 2:26) and keep us from being free, at peace

and fully “alive” in Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7)

For only God is to be “feared” (Luke 12:4-5)

The enemy “whispers” in our minds continually these lies and fears (through

our fallen nature/the “world system/demons themselves) that steal our joy

and spiritual “life” (John 10:10)

The way we can experience freedom from these lies and fears is to confess

them and repent of “believing them”, instead of believing the truths of God

about his goodness and grace

For if we do NOT RECOGNIZE these “lies and fears” and address them as “sin”

(unbelief), we thus allow them to continue to rattle through our minds,

they stay “attached” to us and then may exert control over us

Question: How much do i want to be free of what is “controlling” me?

If i wish to be “Free” very, very much……… in Jesus name and by the

power of his shed blood and the cross of Jesus Christ then i can be FREE

INDEED

II Corinthians 3:17 – where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom

Galatians 5:1 – it is for freedom that Christ has set us free

John 8:36 – so if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed

Romans 6:18 – you have been set free from sins

Romans 8:2 – because through Christ Jesus  the law of the Spirit of life

set me free from the law of sin and death

AND WHEN JESUS SAYS “FREEDOM”…….HE MEANS IT

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A reminder from a gal who was recently delivered and set free from the lies

and fears that had plagued her for 20+ years

She said in a recent email to me, after hearing that i was going to be

speaking on this issue (specifically regarding self-image and eating

disorders) to college students;

“Scotty, I find myself weeping over the bondage of others and begging God

to teach them they don’t have to be like this. God wants His children to

live a life of abundance and not be trapped by sin or Satan. He loves us so

much and wants so much more for us. I really believe that God doesn’t want

people struggling with (eating disorders and self-image problems) just like

he didn’t want me to be trapped by spiritual influences”

“Please tell them they can be free. Not just survive this world but live

life abundantly. God wants so much more for His children. Please God,

please break through their bondage. Please God, set them free. The thief

comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But you have come that we may have life

and have it to the fullest. Show them, God. Please. Please, they can be

free.  Please God, don’t let them stay trapped. Tell them God loves them

beyond their looks. Read Romans 8 to them. Tell them nothing can separate

them from the love of God. Not even food. They are beautiful to God period”

“Please tell them about me. Tell them that I am free. Please make them

understand, God. Please set the captives free that they may truly worship

you and be in Your presense. Please tell them that life is so different

when you are free.  With a word, He can free them if He chooses. Please

God, please set them free”.

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Why be burdened by a “yoke” of slavery (Galatians 5:1) when it is God’s

Will that we be “free indeed”

Personal Testimony – for too long, i “believed the lies” about myself and

God and stayed “trapped” in discouragement and various other “UN-truths” etc.

I said to myself, “well, i’ll always struggle with this and that. i guess

that is my thorn”

NO NO NO NO NO

I refuse to continue to believe those lies about God and about myself!

GOD WANTS ME FREE OF SIN AND IT’S ASSOCIATED DISORDERS, AND IN JESUS NAME I

WILL BE FREE BY THE WORD OF GOD AND BY THE POWER OF GOD

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil (hebrews 2:14)

and the devil’s work (I John 3:8)

Psalms 118:5 – in my anguish i cried to the Lord, and he answered by

setting me free

Psalms 119:32 – i run in the path of your commands, for you have set my

heart free

Psalms 146:7 – the Lord sets the prisoners free

Revelation 1:5-6 – to Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by

his blood and has made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father

Now THAT’S the TRUTH!!!!

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OK, WHAT DO WE DO NOW

Without being too simplistic

IN JESUS NAME, we ought to with great fervor follow a pattern of prayer something like the following

THE 5 R’s

1) Repent of the sin (disbelieve God/believe lies/controlled by fears)

2) Renounce their control over us in Jesus name

3) Reject them and any further influence in your life in Jesus name

4) Rebuke Satan in Jesus Name (lead us not into temptation/deliver from evil)

5) Replace the lies/fears with the “truth” of God’s Word

Or to say another way

1) Confess the lies/fears (first “R”)

2) Break the “sin attachments” (2nd-4th “R”)

3) Confess the truth (5th “R”)

Are you a believer? if so;

CONFESS your sin

CONFESS the TRUTH OF God’s Word (regarding the issue that you are facing)

WAR IN THE SPIRIT (Prayer, using the Bible, the POWER OF GOD (Rom 1:16)

Learn how to use and use and re-use the “Armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-18)

II Corinthians 10:3-4 – “for though we live in the world we do not wage war

as the world does. the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the

world. on the contrary, they have DIVINE POWER to demolish strongholds. we

demolish arguments and every pretension (lies and fears) that sets itself

up against the knowledge of God (the Truth)…..”

Romans 12:2 – do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but

be transformed by the renewing of your mind. then you will be able to test

and approve what God’s will is; his good, pleasing and perfect will

However, remember, the battle for your “freedom” is a battle, and a DAILY

BATTLE

And so, we must take up the armor of God in prayer and confession DAILY

For FREEDOM  is a decision. a decision to LIVE IN THE PROMISES OF GOD

(versus living in the reality of our “feelings”)

May we PERSEVERE

Hebrews 10:36 – you need to persevere so that when you have done the will

of God, you will receive what he has promised. for in just a little while,

he who is coming will come and will not delay. but my righteous one will

life by faith

James 1:12 – blessed is the one who perseveres under trial, because when he

has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised

to  those who love Him

HATE SIN……in Jesus name

HATE LIES……in Jesus name

HATE FEARS……in Jesus name

Claim the POWER of the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST

Claim the POWER of the Blood of Jesus Christ

Claim the POWER of Cross of Jesus Christ

Claim the POWER of the AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST, as a Child of God

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WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE FREE OF?

GOD IS ABLE, AND DESIRES YOU TO BE ABSOLUTELY FREE……AND HE WILL DO IT

Satan will steal, kill and destroy us NO MORE

IN JESUS NAME, HE WILL BRING THE VICTORY (I CORINTHIANS 15:55-57) TO HIS

CHILDREN, BY FAITH (I JOHN 5:4)

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