The Habit of Bondage


Recently I had another picture that the Lord really used to speak to me and our church family. I saw a fence and there were people behind the fence that looked sad and they could see people on the other side of the fence that were walking around free. They looked at them with longing in their eyes. Wishing for the same freedom.

Then the view panned to the right about 8 feet away I saw an open gate. I was confused. Why don't they just walk out of the gate?

I felt the Lord say, "Some of the bondage that people feel is actually just habit."

Whoah. I had to let that sink in.

Experiences came rushing to mind from my own life where I had been crying out to God for freedom and breakthrough and He said, "I've already paid for this. You are free. You just need to start living like you are."

I understand that there are times where there is legit bondage in our lives. We are either prisoners (in bondage because of something we have done) or captives (in bondage because of something done to us) and Jesus is the answer to both of those scenarios. He WILL bring freedom.

This revelation though had to do with where we have been set free but we keep living in bondage because it's our norm or habit. In these places it often feels more comfortable to stay in the bondage that we know.

Sometimes we are waiting for a encounter with the Lord that brings an instant release of the feeling of bondage. (Which totally can and does happen!) But if it hasn't for you, talk to the Holy Spirit about it.

I felt so strongly that the Holy Spirit was so eager to bring revelation to us and to lead us to the open gate so that we could walk free. I could see the Lord releasing divine strategies for learning to think free.

Now I want to clarify this. This isn't about "positivity solves everything and it'll all be O.K. if I think happy thoughts"... this is about coming into AGREEMENT with the Word of God.

We need to learn to distinguish the truth from a lie and to by faith grab hold of what God says about us in His word. Sometimes we feel lacking in the faith department but we are actually exercising faith on both ends of the spectrum.

We are accepting by faith that we are bound and we are accepting by faith that we are free. We need to decide which kingdom we want to agree with.

Hebrews 5:12-14 says

12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

Paul says that the mature believer (by constant use) is able to distinguish good from evil. Truth from the lie. We grow in maturity as we consistently seek and allow the Holy Spirit to show us areas where we are in agreement with lies and allow grace to enable us to embrace the truth and walk it out.

It is normal to not feel free immediately. Sometimes we will even come up against great temptation to go back to our areas of perceived bondage. When that happens shame can creep in and bring with it a lot of accusations. Don't listen to them. Temptation is not the same as sin. You can resist temptation. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ~ James 4:7

Our feelings are wonderful, amazing things. God uses our feelings. But our feelings are not the best master or governing entity. When we live submitted to and ruled by our feelings we place them in a higher place than God. If our feelings are pitted against and contrary to the Word of God - His Word trumps our feelings.

If we exercise our maturity in Christ and grab hold of freedom by faith, then our feelings will eventually line up with the truth.

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