Thursday, February 19, 2015

Set Free in Christ

Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson
    “We are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ…to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:15, 13)

God has given us everything we need to grow to maturity in Christ (2 Peter 1:3). But Satan is opposed to our maturity and will do anything he can to keep us from realizing who we are and what we have in Christ. Since we wrestle against principalities and powers instead of flesh and blood (Eph 6:12), we must experience victory over the dark side before we can fully. Page 11-12 Bondage Breaker
   The Bondage Breaker starts with Free at Last! and ends with Helping Others Find Freedom in Christ.
   The chapter titles in between include: You Don’t Have to Live in the Shadows, You Have Every Right to Be Free, Jesus Has You Covered, The Lure of Knowledge and Power, Don’t Believe Everything You Hear, and Appearances Can Be Deceiving.
   Before reading and understanding this material, I felt like a pawn in a giant chess game.
   “You are not the helpless victim of a tug-of-war between two nearly equal heavenly superpowers. Compared to Satan’s limited power, God is completely off the charts in His omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience-and you are in Him! Sometimes the reality of sin and the presence of evil may seem more real than the reality and presence of God, but that’s part of Satan’s deception. He is a defeated foe, and we are in Christ the eternal Victor. That’s why we worship God: to keep His divine attributes constantly before us in order to counter Satan’s lies. A true knowledge of God and our identity in Christ is the greatest determinant of our mental health. A false concept of God and the misplaced deification of Satan are the greatest contributors to mental illness…
   Deception is the most subtle of all satanic strongholds…Lying is an evil defense promoted by the father of lies, Satan (John 8:44)…Satan’s lies are at the heart of addictive behavior…
   Faith is the biblical response to the truth, and believing the truth is a choice…Faith is something you decide to do, not something you feel like doing. Believing the truth doesn’t make it true; it’s true, so we believe it…
   Your faith is only as great as your knowledge of the object of your faith.”
   When writing about forgiveness, Dr. Anderson writes, “You don’t forgive someone merely for their sake; you do it for your sake so you can be free. Your need to forgive isn’t an issue between you and the offender; it’s between you and God.
   Forgiveness is agreeing to live with the consequences of another person’s sin. Forgiveness is costly; we pay the price of the evil we forgive. Yet you’re going to live with those consequences whether you want to or not; your only choice is whether you will do so in the bitterness of unforgiveness or the freedom of forgiveness. That’s how Jesus forgave you-He took the consequences of your sin upon Himself…
   Forgiveness deals with your pain, not another’s behavior.”
Have you met the Bondage Breaker?

Jesus Christ will set you free!

No comments:

Post a Comment