Independence caused the fall of Adam and Eve. We are born with that spirit of independence and only in God, by His grace, do we walk free from its damaging results.
Independence causes a self-governing, self-determining and self-regulating behavior—seeking to be in control. Thinking we don’t need anyone, we feel free to do whatever we like. We do not have to abide by anyone’s rules but our own. This independence brings forth bondage and only an appearance of freedom. The truth is, being independent doesn’t mean we do not depend on anyone; we do—we have to depend on ourselves. Our transformation in Christ deals with that spirit of independence and brings us liberty. There may be situations where we have become dependent upon others. Co-dependency can hinder our ability to follow Christ wholly. The Lord reveals to us the areas where our dependency needs to be more on Him, and this truth sets us free.
As we are transformed, we grow in our dependence upon the Lord. We depend upon all that comes from Him more than what comes for us: His word, His way, His strength, His ability, and all that is His. Instead of running away from what we think hinders our independence, we learn to run to the Lord instead. We learn to walk humbly under the mighty hand of God. We receive His grace to walk free, from glory to glory!
1 Peter 5:5-7 “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
How do we minister to someone who is in bondage but does not recognize it? Our heart cries out because we know how fulfilled that person would be if they were free from bondage.
Often, it’s not until people are free from a bondage that they realize how bound they were. It can be an addiction; but when it is, it is obvious. It could be something that appears to be a good thing: a relationship, a job, a talent or a hobby. Always, the most challenging bondage is being in bondage to another person. If they are believing for that person to change, we agree that with God it’s possible. However, we encourage them to wait for the fruit of that transformation.
With love and patience we let them know what we discern. We reassure them that we understand, we are there for them and we are standing with them. With joy, we share how the Lord has set us free from bondage; yet we are careful in bringing this subject up so we don’t hinder their spiritual insight. We pray trusting that the Holy Spirit will enable them to see. With confidence, we expect it at any time. Could it be today? Hallelujah, from glory to glory.
2 Corinthians 3:16-17 “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Because our war is spiritual, it can only be fought in and by the Spirit of God. It is when we reach new spiritual heights that we are hindered the most. We are above and not beneath. Whatever we encounter, let’s get over it and stand in our place of authority in Christ.
When we are moving to higher places in the realm of the Spirit, the devil fights us from the opposite direction. This is confirmation that we are going in the right direction. That direction is vertical, not horizontal. Everything will line up in front of us when we attain what is from above. In looking at direction, in addition to the vertical focus and growth, the inward transformation should be counted on more than the outward. We do not always see our progress and this is a lie the devil uses often. When he does, it is because the reverse is happening. We might not identify our growth as we should, but we can rest assured our inward man is being renewed by the Holy Spirit daily.
Let’s ask ourselves, “What is the real reason for the battle?” The answer surely is because we are growing in Christ and advancing His Kingdom. We go upward to go onward. The inward growth helps us go forward, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
In times when our strength is failing, our passion is dissipating or our fire is extinguishing, we find ourselves hindered from going forth to fulfill our purpose. Something happened to cause it to be so and we need to recall the situation we went through in order to regain ground.
Was it a disappointment? A hardship or a loss? It could happen suddenly or in a subtle way. The suddenly is easier to detect. What has dropped gradually is not evident. As we seek the Lord He will reveal that place. It takes humility to face what may have happened. Even at times when we don’t discern the cause of a change, recognizing there is one will help us allow the Spirit of God to deal with it. We pray daily for truth to shine upon us and by faith, pick up what He reveals so graciously.
As we realize where our fire seems to have been put out, we can trust we can be quickened again and again. What may have been quenched has not disappeared; it just needs to be rekindled. The power of God can make what appears to be lost rise back up to the surface. All the time we think it’s no longer there, it still is. We just cannot reach it without His help. God has a way to pick us back up and restore us to a greater place than where we were before, from glory to glory!
2 Kings 6:6-7 So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. Therefore he said, “Pick it up for yourself.” So he reached out his hand and took it.
The restoration we have in Christ is such that not only what was lost is brought back, but what was broken is repaired. This is manifested day by day as we are being renewed and restored by the grace of God.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit destroys what is yoked together that should no longer be; and gathers together what should be, but isn’t. So many things have been broken in our lives that often we are unable to find the pieces, but the Lord knows where they are and gently makes us whole. With each breakthrough His riches and His glory increases.
As He puts the broken pieces of our lives back together, peace is restored. What had been held back is released. What was separating us from our purpose is removed. Blocking walls are destroyed, and freedom to move in God is increased. We, then, also become restorers of the breach, bringing the healing of the Lord to the broken lives around us, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 58:12 “Those from among you shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell in.”