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SPIRIT OF BONDAGE

Posted by Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles on January 17, 2010 at 6:43 AM

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WELCOME TO PASTOR'S  DR.'S ROB and CARLOTTA'S COUNSELING CENTER.

FEARS: ROMANS 8:15

ADDICTIONS: (drugs alcohol, cigarettes, food, etc.) ROMANS 8:15; 2 PETER 2:19

FEAR OF DEATH: HEBREWS 2:14, 15

CAPTIVITY TO SATAN: 2 PETER 2:19

SERVANT OF CORRUPTION: LUKE 8:26-29; JOHN 8:34; ACTS 8:23; ROMANS 6:16; 7:23

COMPULSIVE SIN: PROVERBS 5:22; JOHN 8:34

BONDAGE OF SIN: 2 TIMOTHY 2:26

ROOTS "WORKS OF THE FLESH" GALATION 5:19-21

"BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM" MATTHEW 7:20

This strongman usually works very closely with the spirit of fear which we will consider in this HUB. "For ye have not received the spirit bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father" Romans 8:15.

In a normal family relationship one of the most heartwarming times of the day is when the father returns home from work and his little boy or girl comes running up crying, "daddy, daddy" and jumps into his arms. The father may be the director of a huge corporation or the President of the United States, but it doesn't matter, to the little child he is just plain "daddy."

This is the kind of relationship God longs to have with us; that of a loving Father gathering us to Himself, loving us with an everlasting Love.

"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you FREE" John 8:31, 32. We receive freedom to live life as it should be lived, without bondage of any kind, when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and believe His Word.

The sinner looks at that and says sorrowfully, "I can't accept Christ because there is so much I have to give up." And it is true the sinner must give up certain things. The mistake the sinner makes, however, is in the VALUE he places on those things he must relinquish. A good illustration of this would be a fly, freshly caught and expertly wrapped up by a spider.

The fly says, "At last I have a comfortable place to stay. I don't have to waste my energy flying around any more. This really isn't such a bad life." "But friend," we remind him, "there's a huge spider that is about to have you for supper. When he gets done with you all that will be left is a shell.

"No, this is a great life. Leave me alone! I'm happy living like this." And the sinner swings back and forth, tightly bound by habits and addiction that keep him anchored on Satan's web. The end of it all for him is death, eternal separation from God and heaven.

Only as the light of God's Word reveals hs true condition can the victim see that the little pleasure he receives isn't worth the price of staying on the web; that he need to be freed from the terrible web of sin. When he cries out to the Lord, Jesus cuts him off the web in an instant. THEN he sees what the situation was really like and sights with relief, "I'm so glad to be free from Satan. How sweet it is to live for Jesus!

Paul tells God's people to, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" Galatians 5:1. If there is anything more pitiful than seeing someone bound on Satan's web, it is to see that same individual crawl back up on the web after Christ has made him FREE!

To have tasted of freedom of God and then return to Satan's bondage is mind-boggling, but it happens. Why? Because TOTAL bondage does not happen in one day. It is a series of steps taken to satisfy the desires of the flesh until suddenly, the individual realize he is back on the web again and it is too late!

That is the reason I emphasize so strongly throughout this HUB the need of following the Word, not our feelings. If we are going to rule and reign with Christ we must stop doing those things that lead us into bondage to the beggarly elements of this world system.

ADDICTION: Some of the manifestations of the spirit of bondage are: addiction of any kind, such as drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, food, television, video games, pornography and unnatural sex acts. The other extreme of addiction to food is anorexia nervosa; self-induced starvation. Rock music has an addictive quality which is destructive in addition to the unwholesome message it usually spotlights.

In short, as the name implies, anything which binds us so that we become involuntary slaves, falls under the category of a spirit of bondage.

ALCOHOLISM: Alcoholism is probably the most prominent and popular addiction in our world today. It is classified as a disease by some medical authorities, but GOD'S WORD DOES NOT SUPPORT THAT DISGNOSIS!!!!!! Paul informs us in I Corinthians 6:10 that drunkards shall not inherit the kingdom of God. The only reason God permits anyone to go to Hell is because of their sin. So apparently God considers drunkenness to be a SIN, NOT A DISEASE!

The statistics relating to alcoholism are incredible! Alcohol is the number two public health problem in America today, and is getting more serious! Ten million Americans are alcoholics and 20 million more are high risk drinkers. Seven of ten Americans use alcohol as a beverage.

One third of those who call themselves evangelicals drink alcohol, as do half of all ministers! Estimated that alcohol causes or contributes directly to 205,000 deaths each year in the United States. Alcohol is a major cause of divorce, wife abuse and child molesting. The cost to industry is estimated at $63 billion annually.

In the last ten years, 250,000 people have been killed in alcohol-related car accidents. Alcohol is responsible for one-half of all homicides and one-third of all suicides. The life span of an alcoholic is shortened by 10-12 years. If alcoholism is a disease, it is the only one on earth that is spread by advertising!

In spite of the terrible carnage, destruction, grief and loss, alcoholic drinks are extolled on billboards, in magazines and newspapers, and on radio and television as a product that EVERYONE should imbibe. If alcoholism is a disease why don't the authorities stamp out the virus that cause it?

When Polio was a epidemic, the medical world swung into action and discovered a vaccine to halt the dreaded disease. But right now an even more virulent epidemic is raging and virtually nothing is being done. Every year 120,000 men, women and children are crippled in wrecks caused by drunk drivers.

For the most part our courts let most of the drunk drivers off with a slap on the wrist. Some drunk have been convicted repeatedly before they kill someone. Even drunk drivers who kill people often go without any meaningful punishment. Can you see them swinging in the breeze on Satan's web? And they think we are crazy because we don't like spiders!

Note the statistic that one-third of those who call themselves evangelicals drink alcohol as do ONE-HALF of ALL ministries. Just reading the above statistic should convince any Christian that alcohol must be shunned as if it were a coiled rattlesnake. In fact, that is Solomon's advice in Proverbs 23:31-32, "Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder."

For those who rest their case on Paul's admonition to Timothy that he " use a little wine for thy stomach's sake" I Timothy 5:23, we would respectfully draw their attention to Paul's command in I Corinthians 5:11 to not even keep company or eat with a Christian who drinks to excess. And observe the list that Paul lumps them together with in verse 11; fornication, covetous, idolaters, railers and extortioners.

ANOREXIA NERVOSA: Anorexia nervosa is a form of bondage that has only surfaced in the past 10-15 years. "Anorectics, as they are called, have a low self-esteem and are especially sensitive to the many stressful changes of adolescence. They are usually compulsive exercisers and talk a lot about how fat they're becoming when they actually look like they're starving to death.

Occasionally they step out of character and fall into a separate but definitely related ailment that is called bulimia, which is characterized by binge-eating and deliberate purging or laxative taking immediately afterwards." It is not necessary to go through ALL the manifestations of the spirit of bondage, but we do want to establish that it is extremely dangerous to get hung up on Satan's web. If you have tendencies toward this kind of behavior, please understand that God wants to deliver you and give you the freedom you desire!

RELIGIOUS BONDAGE: I should also mention that many of the religious cults, such as the Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon, better known as the Moonies, the Hare Krishnas, the church of Scientology and the Jim Jones-like organizations as well as the more respectable sects, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons, fall under this STRONGMAN!

Any practice, religion or organization which use FEAR to keep its members under control or that ties them to a set of rules contrary to the Word Of God is usually inspired by the spirit of bondage. It is simple to note them because God offer us freedom NOT BONDAGE!

THE FEAR OF DEATH: The fear of death is a form of bondage according to Hebrews 2:15. "who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." You see, Satan HAD the power of death, but he doesn't anymore where Christians are concerned. When Jesus died he descended into the place of the unrighteous dead and took they keys of Hell and Death. Revelation 1:18. Now Paul assures the believer that to be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD! II Corinthians 5:8. There is nothing to be afraid of!

It doesn't matter what your problem may be, Jesus is ready to set you FREE! The only thing we must be willing to do is give up our life of sin, acknowledge that we are sinners and ask for God's pardon. Then the spirit of bondage can be bound once and for ALL! Please believe me, I was there and now I AM SET FREE!!!!!!

"Dear Father, I come to You realizing that only You can free me from the web of Satan. Thank you for Your great Love for me. I desire to call You 'Abba Father' and feel Your arms of Love wrapped around me so I won't have to seek love out of a bottle or any of the other false hopes Satan has dangled before my eyes; promising so much and delivering so little. Forgive me of my sins and I rpomise to serve You the rest of my life." Thank you Jesus for your beautiful FREEDOM!

Satan, I rebuke you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and bind your spirit of bondage according to Matthew 18:18 that states, " whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: I see you now as you really are; a spiritual spider trying to bind and paralyze me with your cords of habits and bondage. I command you in the Name of Jesus to leave me alone and never return!!!!!!

 

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4 Comments

Reply Vanessa
8:14 AM on January 17, 2010 
Thank you for this wonderful sermon. This hits so close to home, thank GOD for this Site.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
3:06 PM on January 17, 2010 
Thank you Vanessa for your comment. I am honored that you are blessed by this Sermon. God is always working for the good for us and He will always give us the tools and people to guide us through the storm! Your a blessing to this Ministry! Much love to you!
Reply Scott Eipperle
4:41 PM on January 20, 2010 
I beleive your spider web annalagee [pardon my spelling] is very good. It discribes the Devil well. I am an admirer of St. Peter and St. Paul.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
8:54 PM on January 20, 2010 
Hello Scott and Blessings! I appreciate your comment and I appreciate YOU ! Blessings to you and your wife my friend!