Pastor Gaby began with a series of four sermons under the topic of “Breaking Free”. The first sermon, titled “Living in Freedom”, is centered on Isaiah 54:1-3. In this passage, the Israelites were likened to a barren woman. The chapter is an encouragement during a season of barrenness and teaches us to make room for the good thing that is coming.
The more space you give God, the more room He will occupy! God doesn’t put us in chains but the devil blinds us so that we don’t follow God (John 10:10) Where there is control there is unhealthiness (Galatians 5:13).
Believers can be in bondage. Although we are sons, whatever controls us we become a slave to it so that we can’t move when God asks us to. But we are supposed to be sons.
Don’t live in denial of whatever binds you and call it “that’s the way I am.” (See how the Israelites claimed never to have been slaves after 400 years of bondage by the Egyptians, and even at the time they made this statement, they were under Roman occupation, John 8:31-33) Negativity is a sign of oppression (Matthew 15:18-19).
Jesus is anointed to break the chain. He is authorized and has the power (Isaiah 61:1, John 8:36). Acknowledge when you are in bondage and let Him set you free. Why do you search for freedom from other sources than Him? Would you go to a carpenter to have your hair done? Demons are real and can only be conquered by the power of Jesus (Mark 7:18; 3:14-15; 6:12-13; 16:17)
How can we live free?
1. Recognize you are in bondage (Luke 15:17) and acknowledge that you need help
2. Repent – you need to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind “ (Romans 12:2) and confess (Luke 15:18) Confession is not the same as repentance; you may confess over and over again that you are wrong but if you don’t change your mind/direction nothing is going to change
3. Renounce (Every bondage starts with a lie; begin to discern lies because demons also speak into our lives (John 10:27, James 4:7)
4. Walk in your identity (Luke 15:22, Isaiah 61:10) (The robe stands for righteousness, the ring for authority, the shoes for the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8, Ephesians 6:15)