We will be concluding our Finding Freedom series today. My desire is that we will all walk in the freedom that God has given us. We have an adversary that is coming against us relentlessly so that he can steal, kill, and destroy our lives. He is looking for any open door in our lives that will give him a foothold. We may have opened doors through neglected responsibility, innocent ignorance, sinful rebellion, or passive victimization. Regardless of how the doors were open, the enemy has come in and is devastating our lives. We need to remove him and begin to fill those vacated areas with the Holy Spirit.
We have talked about doors that we can leave open for a thief to enter through. Today we need to make sure those doors are closed and the thief is removed.
John 8:32: And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
I. Recognize that you need help
Luke 15:17: “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger!
In order to be free, we must first realize that we are in bondage.
If there are areas in your life where you can’t seem to get victory, you may be in bondage.
If you keep doing the same sin over and over again, you may be in bondage.
The first step in recovery for every alcoholic and drug addict is to admit they have a problem.
II. Repent to God and to others
Luke 15:18: I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you,
Repentance and confession are not the same thing. Confession is part of repentance. You can confess your sins without repenting. Repentance is more than just turning from our sin.
to change your mind
to change the way you think
You can continue to repent from the day you get saved.
James 5:16: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
to be free from errors of sin
Why do we need to confess our sins to one another? We do this so that the enemy doesn’t bound us in shame. It’s easy to confess to God because He freely forgives. It is harder to confess sins to other people, because we are afraid of what they might think about us. True freedom means we are without shame.
Matthew 5:23-24: So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.
Part of repentance is making it right with others.
III. Renounce the lies of Satan
Every bondage begins with a lie. You have believed in a lie.
Luke 15:25-29: Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, and he asked one of the servants what was going on. ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’ The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends."
The older brother was in bondage as well:
I have always walked in obedience - he was saying he was perfect without sin. Only Jesus was perfect.
He never gave him a goat to celebrate with his friends
Luke 15:12: The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
He received his inheritance at the same time that his brother did. He would have received more since He was the older son. He partnered with a lie and refused to come into the feast. When we believe a lie instead of God’s truth, we are in bondage.
IV. Receive the gifts of the Father
Luke 15:22: “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet.
Robe of Righteousness (Isaiah 61:10)
Ring of Authority (Luke 10:19)
Shoes of Power (Acts 1:8)
It is one thing to be freed from demonic influence, but once they are gone you must fill your temple with the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 12:43-45: “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation.”
James 4:7-10 (NKJV): Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
to stand under
to walk in obedience
to cause to stand, vigorously opposing, standing face to face against an adversary, standing your ground
This word “resist” tells us with authority and spiritual weapons granted to us we can withstand evil forces. If God is speaking to you and you are dealing with bondage in any area of your life, I encourage you to humble yourself and come to the altar. God is wanting to set you free and we invite the Holy Spirit to help us.