Freedom | Your Right To Be Free

Freedom | Your Right To Be Free
Lee Reams

FREEDOM | 3 | YOUR RIGHT TO BE FREE LINK TO TEACHING VIDEO LINK TO TEACHING PDF

BONDAGE BREAKER SERIES | OVERVIEW

REVIEW

TWO-TIER WORLD VIEW |

SACRIFICE | SACRIFICE THE LOWER LIFE TO GAIN THE HIGHER LIFE |

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

SACRIFICE THE TEMPORAL TO GAIN THE ETERNAL |

OUTLINE | YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE FREE

IN CHRIST |

Jesus’ freedom is your freedom

The vine and the branches

Nothing shall separate

I AM |

I am accepted

I am secure

I am significant

YOU ARE |

You Are a child of God

You Are Spiritually and Therefore Eternally Alive

You Are a New Creation in Christ

YOU CAN |

You Can Be Victorious over Sin and Death

You Can Be Free from the Power of Sin

INTRODUCTION | FAMILY TREE

TEXT | Romans 8:1-25 New Living Translation (NLT) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

IN CHRIST |

I AM

ACCEPTED |

  • John 1:12 I am God’s child
  • John 15:15 I am Christ’s friend
  • Romans 5:1 I have been justified
  • 1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord and one with Him in spirit
  • 1 Corinthians 6:20 I have been bought with a price—I belong to God
  • 1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ’s body
  • Ephesians 1:1 I am a saint
  • Ephesians 1:5 I have been adopted as God’s child
  • Ephesians 2:18 I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit
  • Colossians 1:14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins
  • Colossians 2:10 I am complete in Christ Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 43-44). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

SECURE |

  • Romans 8:1,2 I am free from condemnation
  • Romans 8:28 I am assured that all things work together for good
  • Romans 8:31-34 I am free from any condemning charges against me
  • Romans 8:35-39 I cannot be separated from the love of God
  • 2 Corinthians 1:21,22 I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God
  • Colossians 3:3 I am hidden with Christ in God
  • Philippians 1:6 I am confident that the good work that God has begun in me will be perfected
  • Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven
  • 2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind
  • Hebrews 4:16 I can find grace and mercy in time of need
  • 1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 44). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition. 

SIGNIFICANT |

  • Matthew 5:13 I am the salt and light of the earth
  • John 15:1,5 I am a branch of the true vine, a channel of His life
  • John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit
  • Acts 1:8 I am a personal witness of Christ’s
  • 1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God’s temple
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 I am a minister of reconciliation
  • 2 Corinthians 6:1 I am God’s coworker
  • Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm
  • Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship
  • Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence
  • Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 44-45). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

YOU ARE |

You Are a child of God | WHO DO YOU BELONG TO | Romans 8:15-17 15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

Anderson,Nothing is more foundational to your freedom from Satan’s bondage than understanding and affirming what God has done for you in Christ and who you are as His child. Your attitudes, actions, responses, and reactions to life’s circumstances are greatly affected by what you believe about yourself. If you see yourself as the helpless victim of Satan and his schemes, you will probably live like a victim and be in bondage to his lies. But if you see yourself as a dearly loved and accepted child of God, you will have a better chance of living like one.”Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 46). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

You Are Spiritually and Therefore Eternally Alive

Romans 8:9-11 NLT 9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

NATURE OF HUMANKIND | Anderson, “The basic nature of mankind is composed of two major parts: your material self and your immaterial self or the outer man and the inner man (2 Corinthians 4:16 NLT 16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day). The material self is your physical body, and the immaterial self is your soul/spirit.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 47). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

SPIRIT COMES ALIVE | Anderson, “As a Christian, your soul/spirit is in union with God at the moment of your conversion, and that makes you spiritually alive. Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 47). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

ETERNAL RESULTS FOR EARTHLY SECURITY | Anderson, “Contrary to what Satan would like you to believe, he can’t ever take away your eternal life because he can’t take Jesus away from you, who promised never to leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). And you don’t have to physically die to get rid of tormenting spirits, which is a lie that deceived people commonly believe. You can submit to God and resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 48). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

You Are a New Creation in Christ

NEW CREATION | Anderson, “If you don’t fully understand your identity and position in Christ, you will likely believe there is little distinction between yourself and non-Christians. Satan, the accuser, will seize that opportunity, pour on the guilt, and question your salvation. As a defeated Christian you will confess your sin and strive to do better, but inwardly you will think, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace, hanging on until the rapture. Having my sins forgiven was the only thing that happened at salvation. I am still the same person I was before.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 48). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

BEFORE | AFTER CHRIST

BEFORE | EPHESIANS 2:1-3 NLT Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

AFTER | EPHESIANS 5:5-9 NLT You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

NEW CREATION | Anderson, “The New Testament refers to the person you were before you received Christ as your old self (old man). At salvation your old self, which was motivated to live independent of God and was therefore characterized by sin, died (Romans 6:6); and your new self, united with Christ, came to life (Galatians 2:20). Being spiritually alive means your soul is in union with God and you are identified with Him:    

  • Romans 6:3;………In His death

Galatians 2:20;      

Colossians 3:1-3

  • Romans 6:4……….In His burial
  • Romans 6:5,8,11………In His resurrection
  • Ephesians 2:6…….In His ascension
  • Romans 5:10,11……..In His life
  • Ephesians 1:19,20 ………In His power
  • Romans 8:16,17;      

Ephesians 1:11,12 ………In His inheritance  

“Your old self had to die in order to sever your relationship with sin which dominated it. Being a saint or a child of God doesn’t mean that you are sinless (1 John 1:8). But since your old self has been crucified and buried with Christ, you no longer have to sin (1 John 2:1). You sin when you choose to believe a lie or act independently of God.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 49). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

YOU CAN |

You Can Be Victorious over Sin and Death

Anderson,Death is the end of a relationship, not the end of existence. Sin is still alive, strong, and appealing, but the power and authority it had over you have been broken. “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (Romans 8:1,2 emphasis added). The law of sin and the law of death are still, present, and that is why Paul used the word “law.” You cannot do away with a law, but you can overcome it with a greater law, which is the “law of life in Christ Jesus.”

“Furthermore, the flesh is still present after salvation. You still have learned habit patterns of thought and previously conditioned responses ingrained in your brain that prompt you to focus on your own interests. However, you are no longer in the flesh as your old self was; you are now in Christ. But you can still choose to walk according to the flesh (Romans 8:12,13), complying with those old urges which were conditioned to respond independent of God.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 49-50). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

VICTORY OVER | ROMANS 6:1-11 NLT Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.

Anderson, “We don’t make anything true by our experiences. We choose to believe what God says is true, then live accordingly by faith; and the truth works out in our experience. It is not what we do that determines who we are. It is who we are that determines what we do. I don’t labor in the vineyard with the hope that God may one day accept me. God has already accepted me, and that is why I labor in the vineyard. I don’t do the things I do with the hope that God may one day love me. God loves me, and that is why I do what I do.” Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 51-52). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

You Can Be Free from the Power of Sin

Anderson, “Not allowing sin to reign in my body sounds wonderful, Neil, but you don’t know how hard my battle with sin is,” you may be thinking. “I find myself doing what I shouldn’t do and not doing what I should do. It’s a constant struggle.” Believe me, I know how hard the battle is; I’ve faced it myself. So did the apostle Paul. In Romans 7:15-25 he is struggling with the same feelings of frustration. This passage clearly shows that the law is incapable of setting us free. I believe it also reveals what the struggle would be like if we allowed sin to reign in our mortal bodies. Anderson, Neil T. (2006-12-15). The Bondage Breaker® (p. 53). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

LUKE 4:16-21 NLT 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!”

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