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Setting the Captives Free by Karla Perry

Slavery begins in the mind. Slavery, captivity, and bondage are the fallen status quo of mankind. It is not just those who are held captive by other humans, but those who are captive to time, nature, technology, superstition, religion, or our own thinking.

True freedom

Freedom is not tied to the earth; in fact, it is living free from earthly shackles. Freedom is the nature of the Kingdom of God, for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). Paul wrote in Galatians 5 that "It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery."

We know that Jesus came to set the captives free. The problem is that we often live like we are bound because we do not understand true freedom. It is as if the handcuffs have been removed and we are still walking around with our hands joined behind our backs. The shackles are gone. We are free, but we live bound.

Believing the truth

In some situations we believe lies that keep us bound. The truth is we are not bound, but the lie becomes its own chain. We believe the limitation, and are thereby limited. This is where the renewing of our minds comes into play. It is imperative that we believe the truth even when circumstances seem to look contrary to the truth. To repent we recognize the lie, denounce it, and practice intentionally believing the truth.


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God Against No One by Joseph Perry

I am against everyone whom God is against. Who is God against? Non-Christians? Members of the LGBT community? Atheists? Muslims? Buddhists? New Age practitioners? Witchcraft practitioners? Many people, Christians and non-Christians alike, may believe that God is against all of the above. This, however, couldn't be further from the truth. Christians, well-versed in the Bible, may believe that the Bible supports such things. In fact, many pit themselves against the practitioners of such things because they believe that God is against them. But what if He was not? Jesus said,

"He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters." (Matt. 12:30)

Notice what He says here: "He who is not with Me is against Me." When we say such things, we mean, "If you're not going to support me then I am going to treat you as an enemy." But that is not what is happening. Does the Bible say we are enemies of God before the cross? Of course we are. (Rom. 5:8) But it's not because God has declared us enemies. It is because that is our state that we have chosen, not Him. In other words, we make ourselves enemies of God by our choice to stay in our sin, which goes way beyond the practices mentioned above. Things such as gossip, lying, and loving money all condemn us if we choose them over God. When we choose them, we set ourselves against God. God is not setting Himself against us. This is an important distinction. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He does not need to choose a stance against something or someone. God is not against homosexuals, though people choosing homosexuality are setting themselves against God. God does not set Himself against liars, but liars are setting themselves against God. These people, along with gossips, coveters, the unforgiving, and others may not be intentionally turning their heart from God, but the thing they choose puts them in this place.


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