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.

 

Spiritual freedom

Spiritual freedom is the liberty to search for God on your own terms.

In my childhood imagination, a whole new world was “outside” waiting to be explored.No one had to teach me how to play or to explore. Every child knows this instinctively. It is part of God placing eternity in our hearts.

Some people would like to portray spiritual freedom as a call to give up something, but it is more of a call to gain something greater.Writer C.S Lewis once compared spiritual blindness to a small child’s fixation to his sandbox.When his parents remove him from his sandbox for a vacation, he may kick,scream,kick and cry but all this ceases at the first sight of a beach,sand dunes and vast ocean horizons.Suddenly, the sandbox isn’t appealing.

The problem isn’t that we are seeking too much pleasure,we settle for too little. We are so infatuated with our life of little mud pies in the sandbox that we can’t see the vast oceans and continents  God would have us explore.

King David wrote,”you will show me the path of life,in your presence is fullness of joy;at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”Psalm,16:11.

*True freedom requires a revolution!

Definition of spiritual freedom

1.It is going out to play the game of your heart on your own terms.

2.It’s the power to exercise our God-given right to personal liberty in our spiritual journey to find our purpose and fulfill our destiny in this life.

3.It’s the pursuit of spiritual growth and knowledge in the absence of fear,and unhealthy restraint, ties and obligations.

4.It’s believe without boundaries and manipulation.

5.It’s the ability to think for yourself without guilt.

6.It’s the release from bonds of restrictive religious groups.

7.It is the power to move beyond religious or spiritual dogma.

There are benefits of being spiritual free.Read more on benefits of spiritual freedom here http://www.thenewgreenearth.wordpress.com/spiritual-freedom/benefits-of-spiritual-freedom

There are disadvantages of spiritual slavery.Read more about the effects of spiritual slavery here http://www.thenewgreenearth.WordPress.com/spiritual-freedom/spiritual-slavery

Our spiritual freedom is the basis for restoration of all things.Read more on restoration of spiritual freedom here http://www.thenewgreenearth.wordpress.com/spiritual-freedom/restoration-of-spiritual-freedom