The Lies That Keep Many Captive
You sit in the fowl smelling, dark, cold and dank prison. There is a crack where you can see the glint of sunshine outside, and you get periodic fresh air rushing in on windy days and it feels like liquid joy in comparison to what you daily breathe. You have developed your daily routine, and have adapted to the life sentence. You have spruced up your surroundings as best you can, you have joined in with how everyone else copes with such drudgery, through the regular doses of that which pleases your needy flesh. You can now handle this life and you now even enjoy it! The sunshine that you once looked at longingly and the fresh blasts of air you once craved and took much delight in you do not give any attention to, for you have been satisfied – so you have been deceived to think is good.
What you do not realize is on the other side of that door, of the prison that holds you is a lock-less door. You can leave any time you want, for it has been ordered long ago by the owner of all things. He took your sentence and placed it upon His Son. His Son gave His life for your freedom. And not only this but He also rose from the grave, and kicked death and the power of sin in the pants – so that they will not have any hold upon you once you leave your prison cell. Romans 6:18
The lie that is most often believed is that because you are trapped in the sin you now like, and you are unable to see beyond this. You panic at the thought of giving up any of it! You don’t know anything else! Living a sinless life has absolutely no appeal to you. But oh, did you know that this has been only a lie that has rested upon you and depend your life upon? This love, this fear this feeling of not wanting any of the God thing – is a smoke screen that has power and validity ONLY in the prison cell. Know this, it is not true. The sin you like, is what was imposed on you – and it lies to you telling you, you can’t live without it. The sinless life is freedom that you have never known – and once gained, through Christ you will forget and even detest what you once loved and craved. You will see that the place that you are reluctant to leave is a pig’s pen, and all that you have ingested and all that has satisfied your flesh lusts and cravings, you will see is rotting dung! And you will no longer desire it. This is the truth, that when you declare to God these words:
“I believe that you, Jesus, came to set me free, I believe that you died and rose again and overcame sin and death and it will no longer have power over me – and I can live for you, what you created me for. I look at my life now, and the sin I love and desire to turn from it all. I accept your offer to join you and live free from the power of sin. I do not have the power, and will trust you to give to me the will and desire to follow you as I take the first of many lifelong steps out and away from a life of sin.”
It will only be in the power of Jesus Christ that you will walk free of the pulls of sin that have you bound now. This is through faith IN HIM. You must get to know this man who died and is God, for you to live in His victory. This is done through the daily reading of the bible, daily prayer and commitment to do your part and that is to not put yourself in sins’ way, when you see/feel sin flee from it! God says that if you submit to Him (reading bible, prayer and learn His ways and obedience to His word) when sin comes to tempt you (and it will) your job is to flee from it, which means do everything in your power to get away from it. James 4:7. Then, when these two things are done, the devil – who is the one who brings temptations to you – MUST flee. So, as you follow these steps, the sin that once ensnared you, will lose its grip and power it once had on you. Next thing you know it no longer is there to tempt you. God gives you the power to overcome – but you must make the move to take it and that is to go in the opposite direction of it.
Steps to Freedom in Christ:
The first step is opening the door of the prison cell. Telling God you are ready and wanting to leave.Some make it as far as opening the door only to choose to remain within the prison walls. They feed off of the lies that prison tells. Yet even as the door is now wide open and they can smell God’s freshness in new life, they opt for the familiar in darkness and fear uncharted territory, which is His righteousness and freedom from sin and cling to the dung heap of all that is unclean and detestable to Him. Even though these ones have professed that they believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior it is by their actions that reveal their heart and what it truly believes. They do not realize that the voice they hear most prominently as they sit in darkness, is not God. They do not realize that God does not dwell with darkness. They are a people who have no peace because they are still slaves to sin.
Next, is to take the step out from it. One foot in front of the other. This is action which is to physically walk away from the old life, or what is also understood and called repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 Mark 6:12
Some have done this yet only to settle close by the prison cell so they may take frequent and deliberate visits to it. They do not whole heartily take the steps out and away, for their heart still wants the dung. They go out, and talk to God, desire God and do God things, but they are not free for they still love sin. Sin has such a strong pull that it will lure and lie to ANYONE who does not 100% desire to leave and move with and in God to live in freedom. This is where many remain, and they are deceived to think they are God’s children. This is not so. 1John 1:6
Then it becomes now about assuming lifestyle choices that no longer in any way include old sinful ways and patterns. This can only be done through your dependence upon God. He helps all those and delivers those who have a heart that is all for Him. This must be proved. God gives power to all to overcome, through His Son Jesus Christ. It is the continual walk out and away from all that is sin and in step in and towards His Son Jesus. With each step that is taken away (from sin) and toward Him, He strengthens and shines ever brighter. Psalm 1:1-3 Proverbs 4:18 James 4:8. He reveals Himself and gives His desires to you, and you love what He loves and hate what He hates. The sins that once had a hold of you in the prison cell, no longer does. With each day you grow and God your Father, walks with you teaching you and you know peace, you live in His joy and desire only more. This should be the heart of all who say they believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. If it is not, then I dare ask are you not yet one of His?
Continually go to Jesus with your weakness/sin, with the heart of desiring to overcome it for it is His joy to give grace and strength to those who are humble. James 4:6
Begin to fill your mind with the truth in the word in the scriptures of the Bible. By this you will be transformed. Romans 12:2
Begin to learn what it means to love God. Matt 22:36-38
Learn what God loves and what He hates. 2 Timothy 3:16
Note: Sometimes I will get pictures that come to me that I believe are from God to help me see how He sees and feels regarding various things, this is one of them. Below are some more that I have attempted to describe what I see.
The Cell – Watch on YouTube – a short video presentation with the same theme as this writing, composed by Dan Stevers