Freedom | Finding Your Way In The World

Freedom | Finding Your Way In The World
Lee Reams

FREEDOM | 2 | FINDING YOUR WAY LINK TO PDF LINK TO VIDEO

BONDAGE BREAKER SERIES | OVERVIEW

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IDENTITY, DESTINY, PURPOSE |

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BONDAGE |

KNOW THE ENEMY AND THE VICTOR |

THE ARMOR OF GOD |

SETTING THE CAPTIVES FREE |

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE |

INTRODUCTION | MANITOU SPRINGS, COLORADO (READ ARTICLE)

TEXT | Luke 4:1-20 New Living Translation (NLT) Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.

Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.”

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’”

Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. I will give it all to you if you will worship me.”

Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say,‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! 10 For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you.

11 And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’”

12 Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”

13 When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.

14 Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. 15 He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,

19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” 20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21 Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”

TRANSITION | Anderson, “The Western world is experiencing a massive paradigm shift in its worldview, best seen in the rise of the New Age movement, the acceptance of parapsychology as a science, the growing popularity of the supernatural, and the increasing visibility of Satanism in our culture. New Age mysticism, which gathered its greatest strength with the influx of Eastern religions in the 1960s, has been popularized by a host of celebrities. Turn on late-night television and witness the number of psychic hot lines promising everything Christianity promises—except the forgiveness of sins and new life in Christ.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 29-30). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

TWO-TIER WORLD VIEW |

Anderson, “The Western world sees reality in two tiers (see Figure 2a). The upper tier is the transcendent world where God, ghosts, and ghouls reside, a world which is understood through religion and mysticism. The lower tier is the empirical world, which is understood through science and the physical senses. In two-tier mentality, the spiritual world has no or little practical bearing on the natural world; we have practically excluded it from our understanding of reality. Humanists reject the upper tier altogether. Most attempts at integrating theology and psychology include only God and humanity (fallen and redeemed) and exclude the activity of Satan and demons. In stark contrast to Western rationalism and naturalism, other inhabitants of the world have a different view of reality. The reality of the spiritual world is part of their culture and worldview. Animistic and spiritistic cultures appease their gods with peace offerings and perform religious rituals to ward off evil spirits. In many Third World nations, religious practice or superstition has more practical relevance in daily life than science does.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 30-31). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Anderson, “It is easy for those who are educated in the West to dismiss Eastern worldviews as inferior on the basis of our advanced technology and economic success. But why then do we have the highest crime rate of any industrial nation and the greatest distribution of pornographic filth? Neither worldview reflects biblical reality. Between the two tiers is what Dr. Paul Hiebert calls the “excluded middle,” the real world of spiritual forces active on earth. We must include the kingdom of darkness in our worldview because in reality there is no excluded middle! When Paul talks about the spiritual battle in the heavenlies, he is not referring to some distant place like Mars or Pluto. He is referring to the spiritual realm, the kingdom of darkness that is all around us and governed by the ruler of this world.”Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 31). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

LIVING IN THE EXCLUDED MIDDLE |

Anderson, “The Christian worldview perceives life through the grid of Scripture, not through culture or experience. And Scripture clearly teaches that supernatural, spiritual forces are at work in this world. For example, approximately one-fourth of all the healings recorded in the Gospel of Mark were actually deliverances. The woman whom Jesus healed in Luke 13:11,12 had been the victim of a “sickness caused by a spirit” for 18 years.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 33). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

LUKE 13:11-12 NLT 11 he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!”

GETTING SPIRITUAL WITHOUT GOD |

Anderson, “Over the last four decades people in the West have begun to think there is more to life than what science can explain and what they can discern through their five physical senses. On the surface this new hunger may sound encouraging to those of us with a Christian worldview, but in fact many of the same people who are disillusioned with the materialistic world are also disillusioned with established religion. Instead of turning to Christ and His church, they are filling their spiritual void with old-fashioned occultism dressed in the modern garb of parapsychology, holistic health, Eastern mysticism, and the numerous cults marching under the banner of the New Age movement.”

“Attempting to meet spiritual needs apart from God is nothing new. Christ encountered a secularized form of Judaism during His earthly ministry which was bound to its traditions instead of to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The religious leaders of the day didn’t recognize the Messiah as their spiritual deliverer. They perceived the oppressor to be Rome, not Satan, the god of this world. But Jesus tied the two tiers together when “the Word became flesh” (John 1:14). He came to undo the works of Satan (1 John 3:8), not Caesar. Now, as then, the center of the secular worldview is self: What will I get out of this? Who will meet my needs? I’m doing my own thing. Even a Christian who operates in this sphere is motivated by selfish ambition and pride.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 35). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

THE SELF-FOCUSED STRUGGLE | PETER REBUKED BY JESUS

MARK 16:21-23 AMP 21 From that time on Jesus began to show His disciples [clearly] that He must go to Jerusalem, and endure many things at the hands of the elders and the chief priests and scribes (Sanhedrin, Jewish High Court), and be killed, and be raised [from death to life] on the third day. 22 Peter took Him aside [to speak to Him privately] and began to reprimand Him, saying, “May God forbid it! This will never happen to You.” 23 But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on things of God, but on things of man.”

SACRIFICE | SACRIFICE THE LOWER LIFE TO GAIN THE HIGHER LIFE

Anderson, “If you want to save your natural life (that is, find your identity and sense of worth in positions, titles, accomplishments, and possessions, and seek only worldly well-being), you will lose it. At best you can only possess these things of temporal value for a few years, only to lose everything for eternity. Furthermore, in all your efforts to possess these earthly treasures, you will fail to gain all that can be yours in Christ. Shoot for this world and that’s all you’ll get, and eventually you will lose even that. But shoot for the next world, and God will throw in the benefits of knowing Him now. Paul said it another way: “Bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8). Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 40-41). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

SACRIFICE THE PLEASURE OF THINGS TO GAIN THE PLEASURE OF LIFE |

Anderson, “What would you accept in trade for the fruit of the Spirit in your life? What material possession, what amount of money, what position or title would you exchange for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? To think that worldly positions and possessions can give you love, joy, peace, and so on is to believe the lie of this world. For some reason we want to be happy as animals rather than be blessed as children of God. The fruit of the Spirit is possible only as we abide in Christ. Jesus discussed this very conflict with two of His closest friends, Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). Martha was “worried and bothered about so many things” (verse 41) and was focused on meal preparation and service, while Mary centered her attention on Jesus and His words. Martha’s tendency was to love things and use people, but Jesus indicated that Mary had chosen “the good part” (verse 42) by loving people and using things. We have won a degree of victory over self when we have learned to love God and others.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 41). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

LUKE 10:38-43 AMP 38 Now while they were on their way, Jesus entered a village [called Bethany], and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was continually listening to His teaching. 40 But Martha was very busy and distracted with all of her serving responsibilities; and she approached Him and said, “Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part.” 41 But the Lord replied to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered and anxious about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part [that which is to her advantage], which will not be taken away from her.”

SACRIFICE THE TEMPORAL TO GAIN THE ETERNAL |

Anderson, “Sacrifice the Temporal to Gain the Eternal Possibly the greatest sign of spiritual maturity is the ability to postpone rewards. Hebrews 11:24-26 says: “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.” It is far better to know that we are the children of God than to gain something in this world which we will eventually lose. Even if following Christ results in hardships in this life, He will make it right in eternity. Satan’s ultimate lie is that you are capable of being the god of your own life—and his ultimate bondage is the attempt to live as though his lie were truth. Satan is out to usurp God’s place in your life. Every temptation is an endeavor by him to get you to live your life independent of God. Whenever you focus on yourself instead of Christ or prefer material and temporal values over spiritual and eternal values, the tempter has succeeded. The message of this fallen world is to inflate the ego while denying God the opportunity to take His rightful place as Lord. Satan couldn’t be more pleased—that was his plan from the beginning. Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 42). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

MATTHEW 16:24-27 AMP 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], but whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake will find it [that is, life with Me for all eternity]. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [wealth, fame, success], but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory and majesty of His Father with His angels, and then He will repay each one in accordance with what he has done.

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