Joe struggled with an addiction. The more he tried to be free, the more he realized how bound he really was. With every thought he had about quitting, he also thought of his addiction. This continued until he learned to feed his spirit instead of focusing on his flesh. He couldn’t control the flesh without the spirit. He started reading the Word of God, hearing it in his car and during the night. He wrote the scriptures pertaining to healing and freedom and his divine identity on index cards and proceeded to memorize them. The Word worked! The Holy Spirit worked! Jesus set him free!
Feeding our spirits is so vital. We think daily of what we are going to eat in the natural to care for our bodies, but we may omit a daily spiritual feeding. The Word is like a hammer—it breaks through; as a fire, it refines; a mirror, it reflects; a lamp, it lights up and renews our mind. It’s a sword that separates and is able to divide the indivisible.
Transformation can be expected as God watches over His Word to perform it. The Word is the sword of Spirit. In order to set the captives free, God aligns His Spirit with His Word. His Kingdom is then manifested, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
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.”
As a disciple, we lay aside every hindering weight and sin which so easily ensnares us. We are running a glorious race and daily watch for what needs to be put off by the power and authority of Christ.
It is to be noted that sin easily ensnares us. Some actions and habits become addictive quickly. It requires no effort on our part, and happens without our awareness. Their presence is noticed when they become so strong they require more than anticipated to overcome them. The remedy is simple faith. It’s taking that first step not to do what we used to do, and allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us to take them into subjection. As easily as it started it can stop when we let the Lord help us. The lie of our adversary is that it’s not easy and very difficult, but we can do all things through Christ.
In a race, the pressing through point is at the most difficult time when going forth appears impossible. At that moment, even though the muscles are burning with pain, we push through and suddenly find we can do it. Pursuing the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus is simply done step-by-step, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 9:26-27 “Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”