DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE FREE FROM
can be! Listen to Christ’s
astounding promise: “If you abide in My
word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you
My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you
So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you
unquestionably free.” (Jn.
8:31, 32, 36 – Amp.)
is this possible? Let me share from personal experience here.
Back in my 20’s a godly old man graciously pointed out to me how
offensive my speech was; laced as it was with self-centeredness,
statements, exaggerations, insensitivity, etc.
I have to tell you, I was grieved when I realized the truth of
statement. But try as I may, I could
not break the pattern. So, I
thoroughly studied what the Word of God had to say about speech.
Then I picked out a half a dozen or so key verses or passages
study and determined to prayerfully memorize them over a 6 – 8 week
As I memorized, I prayed fervently that God would plant His Truth
heart and liberate me from my enslavement. To
my utter amazement the grip this vice had on me diminished and died.
I was liberated!
the next several years, I repeated this process in every other area of
in my life. Today, I can tell you, I
am free! I do not mean that there
are not skirmishes from time to time, but the enslavement
to sin in these areas has been broken.
would you like to be free of fear? Anger?
Defeating sexual issues? Envy?
Gossip, etc? Take Jesus at his word and attack
your bondages with the liberating power of God’s word.
Claim the promises in John 8:31,32, 36 above.
starters, here is a sampler of Scriptures in four critical areas:
“…Do not fear, for I am with you; do
not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I
uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
(Isa. 41:10) Also: Gen. 15:1;
Deut. 20:1-4; 31:6,7; Josh. 1:7-9; 2 Chron. 20:17; Psa.23:4; 27:1;
51:12, 13; 54:14; Rom. 8:31-39; 2 Tim. 1:7; 1 Jn 4:18.
your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still
angry…Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander,
with every form of malice.” (Eph.
4:26, 31) Also:
Psa. 37:8; Pro. 12:16; 14:17, 29; 15:1, 18; 16:32; 17:14; 19:11,
25:28; 27:3, 4; 29:22; Ecc. 7:9; Matt. 5:22-24; Col. 3:8; Jms.1:19, 20.
have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to
debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable
think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of
dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give
him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.”
(I Pet. 4:3-5) Also:
Exo. 20:17; Job 31:1, 9-12; Pro.4:22-27;
6:25-29; Matt. 5:27-30;
8:1,2; 1 Cor. 9:24-27; Eph. 2:1-6;
2 Tim. 2:22; Tit. 2:12; Jms 1:12-15.
not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his
the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about
he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness,
and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD.”
(Jer. 9:23, 24) Also: Lev.
26:19, 20; Deut. 8:11-20; 1 Sam. 2:3,4; Psa. 10:2-6; 12:4; 18:27; 31:23;
Pro. 6:16, 17; 11:2; 12:9, 15; 13:10; 15:25; 16:5, 18, 19; 18:12; 20:6;
25:27; 26:12; 27:2; 29:23; 30:12, 13; Isa. 2:11-17; Matt. 20:24 – 28;
Mk. 10:43-45; Lk. 1:51; 1 Cor. 3:18; 2 Cor. 10:12, 18; Gal. 6:3; Phil.
Tim. 6:17-19; Jms.. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:2-4.
couple of closing thoughts: The
battlefield is in the mind which must be transformed into a godly
Carefully analyze Romans 12:1, 2; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; and Ephesians
And don’t forget the empowering role of the Holy Spirit in
us from sin’s bondages. In this
regard, carefully study Romans 8:1-27; John 6:63;
and Galatians 5:16.