The biggest bondage in our lives is ourselves; how we perceive ourselves to be goes a long way in determining our walk with Christ. Outcomes in our lives are not the result of events rather they are reflections of how we react to these events. Different people go through the same circumstances but some turn out beat down while others emerge victorious and even better than before.
It takes a reasonably mature sense of personal responsibility to realize that life on earth is not about the hand that we are dealt but how we play the cards. Circumstances do not dictate my destiny, my reaction to them does. Whatever thing that seems to hold us from whom we could be can be turned around just by a change of heart. When we realize that God takes us through things that we are able to handle as individuals and nothing more, our focus changes from seeing the situation to seeing the possible positive outcome. Once we see the possibility or even believe in something good to come before understanding how it could be, a turnaround results; we are set free from captivity within ourselves.
I will not belittle the things people go through in life such as physical disability, abuse, emotional turmoil, and neglect from those responsible over them or even the financial constraints that come as a result of life. In fact I wrote something about how to pray during those hard times which do not seem to come to an end, feel free to read here. All these things have an impact in our lives and writing new scripts for ourselves may seem impossible but this is why Christ came to set us free. We might not have the answers we need as to why we went through certain things in our lives and maybe we’ll never get them, but in order to release ourselves from this cycle of captivity our focus/reaction needs to shift from the answers to the healing. Healing precedes the answers.
The story of the woman caught in adultery gives insight on how Christ sets us free from captivity not just in sexual bondage but in a sense all areas of our lives. I hope that these three principles will activate newness in life as you begin to live them out.
Throw away the clutter
The things that we are going through sometimes speak so loudly to our lives that it becomes hard for us to hear God’s voice. What we come holding as we approach the throne room could be our own undoing as it keeps us from truly receiving God’s redemption. We all carry baggage in different forms as we go through different circumstances, and knowing what these clutter could be in our lives is indeed the first place to begin.
So what qualifies as clutter?
What people say about you has a way of stamping an identity on you that was never yours to begin with. Our environment moulds who we become but when people label you based on what you did in the past, it is within your power to dictate what you perceive of their comments. Residing in the condemnation of people, only hands our destiny over to the control of people who do not care about you.
We need to be selective to the voices we let into our hearts; we cannot serve two masters at the same time, we either choose to listen to a world that condemns us or to God who affirms. I cannot control what people say but I can choose what to listen to.
- Guilt and Shame
As children we were taught that when you do wrong you apologize immediately and sincerely and as soon as we were forgiven we could easily walk away happily knowing that the issue would never be brought up again. Unfortunately as we grow up, we forget the basic principles of asking for forgiveness and accepting the forgiveness. We forget that we are children of God and that just as it was when we were kids here on earth so it is with our heavenly Father.
Some of us are too ashamed of the sins we have committed that we are unable to go to the throne room, while others despite asking for forgiveness are so sprung by the idea that their sin was too big and to be forgiven that easily, thus living in guilt yet they are forgiven.
Guilt and shame are the results of listening to our inner voices which have not been submitted to God. Our thoughts guide our feelings and these very thoughts emanate from what we feed our minds with. It is within me to either feed my mind with the pessimism of the world where we reap what we sow especially in sin or on God’s unconditional love. What you feed your mind with determines your thoughts.
- Search for Answers
It is good to ask questions, in fact when we don’t ask questions we do not learn. However when we question to the point of rebellion we completely miss the point. Questioning isn’t a matter of my opinion being right and someone else’s wrong rather it is a matter of seeking deeper understanding of a different point of view.
Going before God with our doubts and fears is good practice, He even invites us to reason it out together with Him. However we need to understand that His wisdom is way beyond our own and that the invitation isn’t really for Him to change His mind, but for us to get to know His way of thinking a little bit better.
I have seen many turn away from God when things happen to them such as loss of loved ones or diseases even in cases of financial turmoil. We easily blame God for things in our lives and proclaim our wisdom over His by our acts of “being real” with God. In a generation filled with cynicism and rebellion, respect for those in authority has been thrown away as we now have rights and freedoms. Our seeming advancements are becoming our downfall as we are expressing the same behavior to our Almighty God.
Rebellion turned Lucifer from an angel of God to His greatest enemy and with our current behavior; we are sowing seeds of rebellion. If there is one thing this generation needs to know is that the Lord is Sovereign. Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up.
Pointing back to the Word we find this woman caught in adultery and all manner of things are said about her, in a sense she had acquired a label of an adulterous woman and her life to come was to be decided based on this fact. Death was looming in her face based on this report but Christ focused on a different report. He knew that her destiny had nothing to do with the accusations and so he didn’t focus on these, rather He ignored-He threw away the clutter.
John 8:3-6 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do you say?” This they said, testing Him that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
Voices come to speak to our circumstances trying to hide the truth in God’s Word. A fundamental principle is displayed by Christ when he ignores all that was being said against the woman. He doesn’t condemn us; He accepts who we are without focus on the clutter. Do yourself a favor and throw away the clutter.
- Forgiveness Let’s You Start Over (readingremy.com)
- Forgiveness and the Wounds of Our Past (stonerosevalley.wordpress.com)
- Unforgiveness (cupofblessing.wordpress.com)
- Can a person can know every sin is forgiven? (ptl2010.com)
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.