Effects of spiritual slavery

*Spiritual slavery is the inability to do right due to the love of sin.

*Most assuredly I tell you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin and a slave does not abide forever but a son abides forever.

*Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.John,8:35-36.

1.Lawlessness-whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness and sin is lawlessness. 1John,3:4

All unrighteousness is sin.1John,5:17

2.Fear and desperation-those who dwell in sin have no time to love. They live in constant fear of judgement.

There is no fear in love;but perfect love casts out fear ,because fear involves torment.1John,4:18

3.Eternal agony-eternal agony is enhanced by constant fear of torment and judgement due to a sinful life.

Consistent lawlessness reduces the ability to do right and increases fear and desperation.

4.Eternal death-for when you were slaves of sin you were free in regard to righteousness.

What fruit did you have then in the things in which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

For the wages of sin is death. Romans,6:20-23

5.Hatred and all kinds of vices-but if you have envy and self-seeking in your hearts;do not boast and lie against the truth.

This wisdom does not descend from above but is earthly, sensual and demonic.

For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing is there. James,3:14-16

6.Blindness-for judgment I have come into this world,that those who do not see may see and those who see may be made blind. John, 3:39

Jesus said to them,”if you were blind you would have no sin but now you say,”we see”,therefore your sin remains. “John, 9:41.

7.Unsound mind-for God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and of a sound mind.2Timothy,1:7.

Just as it’s written:” God has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, to this day. Romans, 11:8-10.

8.Unending conflicts-where do wars and fights come from among you?Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?

You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and can not obtain. You fight and war yet you do not have because you do not ask.You ask and you do not receive because you ask amiss that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?James,4:1-4.

9.Emptiness-abide in Me and I in you.As the branches cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine,neither can you,unless you abide in Me.John,15:4.

All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made. John,1:3.

Most assuredly I say to you,the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do,for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. John,5:19.

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Restoration of spiritual freedom

*Restoration of spiritual freedom aims at creating awareness on available opportunities to enhance fruitful and peaceful coexistence in the society .

*As it’s written, “till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.Ephesians, 4:13.

*The earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God to give it justice. Romans,8:19.

*Our spiritual freedom is the guarantee for restoration of all things!

The following are the ways of enhancing restoration of spiritual freedom;

1.Surrender to God-therefore submit to God.Resist the devil and he will flee from you.James, 4:7.

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us,an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.Ephesians, 5:1.

The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. Psalms, 111:10.

The fear of the lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs,1:7.

The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs, 9:10.

2.Feed your mind on truth-be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving,let your requests be made known to God;

And the peace of God,which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,whatever things are noble, whatever things are just,whatever things are pure,whatever things are lovely,whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-medidate on these things.Philippians, 4:6-8.

Fulfill my joy by being like-minded,having the same love,being of one accord,of one mind.Philippians, 2:2.

Do not be conformed to this world ,but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God.Romans,12:2.

3.Love your neighbour and love yourself-the commandment of love states that love your neighbour as you love yourself.

If follows that you can’t love your neighbour if you hate yourself.

Until you accept yourself the way you are ,you can’t pursue a better version of you.

You have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I tell you,love your enemies, bless those who curse you,do good to those who hate you,and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.Matthew, 5:43-44.

4.Live the truth-but be doers of the word ,and not hearers only deceiving yourself.James, 1:22.

If you know these things,blessed are you if you do them.John,13:17

5.Mind your words-therefore putting away lying,”let each one of you speak truth with his neighbour,”for we are members of one another.Ephesians, 4:25.

Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing .My brethren,these things ought not to be so.

Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?

Can a fig tree, my brethren bear olives,or a grapevine bear figs?Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.James,3:10-12.

6.Mind your thoughts-let no one say when he is tempted,”I am tempted by God”;for God can not be tempted by evil nor does He Himself tempt anyone.

But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;and sin,when it is full-grown,brings forth death.James,1:13-15.

Set your minds on the things above,not on things on earth.Colossians, 3:2.

For to be carnally minded is death but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.Romans,8:6.

For what am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do,that I do not practice; but what I hate that I do.Romans,7:15.

7.Pursue excellence-and if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others?Do not even the tax collectors do so?Matthew, 5:47.

If your righteousness does not exceed that of scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.Matthew, 5:20.

8.Have unwavering faith-but let him ask in faith,with no doubting for he who doubts is like a wave of sea driven and tossed by the wind.

For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

He is a double-minded man,unstable in all his ways.James,1:6-8.

For without faith it is impossible to please Him,for he who comes to God must believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.Hebrews, 11:6.

9.Worship in spirit and truth-but the hour is coming, and now is,when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.John,4:23-24.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the spirit of God dwells in you?

If anyone defiles the temple of God,God will destroy him.For the temple of God is holy,which temple you are.1Corinthians, 3:16-17.

10.Live peacefully-if it is possible, as much as depends on you,live peaceably with all men.Romans,12:18.

Benefits of spiritual freedom

Belief without unhealthy limitations and restraints has many advantages.

1.Understanding-understanding what you believe and what others believe benefits everyone.

Many conflicts exist because no one wants to understand the other.

For I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to resist or contradict.Luke,21:15.

And we know that the Son of God has come and given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true,and we are in Him who is true,in His Son Jesus Christ.1John,5:20.

2.Righteousness-If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.1John,2:29

Whoever abides in Him does not sin.1John,3:6

3.Confidence-And now little children, abide in Him,that when He appears we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.1John,2:28

And by this we know that we are of the truth and shall assure our hearts before Him.

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us,we have confidence toward God.1John,3:19-21

4.Sound mind-a healthy mind is the greatest gift of spiritual freedom.

It’s the mind of God Himself.

For,”who has known the mind of God that he may instruct Him?”But we have the mind of Christ.1Corinthians,2:16

5.A new heart-I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.I will take out your stony,stubborn heart and give you a tender,responsive heart. Ezekiel, 36:26

6.Eternal joy-spiritual freedom gives us joy and conviction  even through persecution. It can not be silenced.

7.Eternal peace-Truth is peace to the heart.Spiritual freedom is pursuing an understanding of truth.

And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8.It makes us judges-he who is spiritual judges everything yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.1Corinthians,2:15

9.Establishes us on the path to perfection-I will give you words which all your adversaries will not be able to resist.

If you do more than the minimum requirements, you shall be perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matthew, 5:48.

10.Spiritual freedom rings truth even in the hearts of our enemies.It often raises sympathizers in unlikely places.

11.It transcends earthly limitations to proclaim the message of spiritual freedom to others.

12.Spiritual freedom prompts fear,denial and defensiveness in the hearts of those enslaved by falsehood.

 

Restoration of mental freedom

*Mental freedom aims at creating awareness on the power of thought and help people take responsibility for the thought process.

>All physical reality is made up of vibrations of energy. Your thoughts have a powerful influence; they affect what happens to you.To know this is to know something great. 

>Mind power is directing your thoughts towards a desired outcome. Put simply, what you focus on you attract.

A new life is but a new Mind

>If you want to make changes in your life, you must look to the causes, and the causes are almost always the way you are using your mind-the way you are thinking.

>You can not think both negative and positive thoughts at the same time.One or the other will dominate.The mind is a creature of habit so it becomes each individual’s responsibility to make sure that positive emotions and thoughts constitute the dominating influence in the mind.

1.Submitted to truth and love-it’s normal for the human mind to wander,making it to submit to truth enhances focus.

The mind is a creature of habit,what it focuses on,expands.

Love covers a multitude of sins.Focusing on truth and love ensures a peaceful coexistence.

2.Enhance critical thinking-thinking improves understanding and consequently, quality decisions.

For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age,that is,those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews, 5:13-14.

3.Nourish our minds-the work of the mind is to validate what it thinks.

For better results, the mind has to be constant by fed with relevant information.

What you feed your mind determines your appetite!

4.Mind our thoughts-

*Apostle Paul says,”I know and am convinced by the lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself;but to him who considers anything to be unclean,to him it’s unclean.”Romans,14:14

Thoughts are the building blocks of our lives.

What we think about most of the time, we become.

We must take charge of the thought process to become the best version of ourselves.

5.Enhance a positive self image-self image is everything. How we view ourselves determines how we live.

A good image enhances good feelings which fuel good results.

6.Be flexible-life is not always logical. Some things in life are a mystery.

Being flexible helps one to adjust in difficult situations.

It also eliminates stress.

The apostle Paul advised, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”Romans,12:2.

7.Have initiative-this is the ability to begin something.

Initiative helps to overcome certain situations.

Where there is a will there is a way!

8.Be honest with self and others-integrity is being truthful to self and honesty is being truthful to others.

Truth is the only weapon that wins people’s cooperation in the shortest time at the least cost.

“Let your Yes be Yes and your No be No.For whatever is more than this is from the evil one.”Matthew, 5:37

 

Benefits of mental freedom

1.Quality life-a quality life is based on quality decisions which in turn depends on quality thoughts.

2.Removes guilt-positive thoughts enhance righteousness.

“Whoever has been born of God does not sin,for His seed remains in him; and he can not sin,because he has been born of God.”1John,3:9

3.Enhances healing-Positive words heal both the mind and the body.

4.Enhances joy-positive words are like music to the ears.

“These things I have spoken to you,that My joy may remain  in you, and that your joy may be full.”John,15:11

5.Enhances unity and cohesion-positive thoughts attract more positive thoughts and create an atmosphere of unity.

Cohesion comes from a feeling of togetherness.

6.Enhances progress and prosperity-nothing succeeds like success.

“And if you greet your brethren only,what do you do more than others?Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”Matthew, 5:47-48.

7.Enhances peace and stability-when you resist evil, evil increases but when you focus on doing good, goodness increases.

A peaceful person enhances peace.

Effects of mental slavery

*The bible has great insight regarding mental freedom and mental slavery,therefore, quotes have been carefully selected to shed light on this topic.

1.Blindness-failure to see or discern what is obvious.

“If you were blind, you would have no sin;but now you say,” we see”,therefore your sin remains.John,9:41

2.Blocks progress-slavery blocks the ability to be better.

“And if you greet your brethren only,what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?”Matthew, 5:47

3.Death-limiting thoughts limit life.

“Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?

“I tell you, no;but unless you repent you will likewise perish.” Luke,13:2-3.

4.Breeds hatred-negative thoughts enhance hatred.

“Where do wars and fights come from among you?Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?”

“You lust and do have.You murder and covet and cannot obtain. “James,4:1-2.

5.Steals joy-negative thoughts enhance anger.

” Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. “Galatians, 6:1.

6.Divisions-negativity scatters and destroys unity.

7.Poor self image-negativity distorts how you view yourself.

” But if your eye is bad,your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness? “Matthew, 6:23.

8.Inferiority/superiority complex-negative thoughts undermine human dignity.

” For if anyone thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. “Galatians, 6:3.

9.Sin-negative thoughts enhance sin.

” But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. “Matthew, 5:28.

Restoration of financial freedom

1.Enhance financial education-money matters need education.

People hardly get the right financial education except from experienced successful entrepreneurs.

Knowledge is power. Giving people the right financial education, improves their financial literacy,wealth creation and management.

2.Embrace networking-what is planted in the soil lasts only till maturity then it’s either harvested or withers.

But what is planted on people may last a lifetime, a generation, generations or even eternity.

A small group of people who share a common vision and are passionate about making life better,can do amazing things.

3.Mind the environment and it’s health-we need the environment to implement any meaningful project.

The environment’s health is key to long term success of any project.

Our own lives depend on the environment we live in.

4.Mind our lives and that our neighbours-if you help enough people get what they want, you will get what you want!

If you focus on making the life of other people better through your thoughts, words,actions,pursuits,businesses, products and generally by your life, yours will automatically be better.

We live in a society in which companies manufacture and advertise products that harm humans.

5.Mind our values and value systems-tphe greatest values are love and integrity.

Love does no harm.In our today’s world,many nations are struggling due to corruption. Many suffer because of selfish few.

Integrity is being truthful to oneself while honesty is being truthful to others.

Honesty is the best tool of winning the cooperation and support of others in the shortest time possible and at very little or no cost at all.