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To the Jews who had believed in him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
- What’s the Bible say about how much bondage a believer can experience?
- What’s the secret to being free?
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
1 Corinthians 2
- The unspiritual
The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolish, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 1Corinthians 2:14
(where did we get the perception that you can’t live without sinning?)
- The spiritual
The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1Corinthians 2:15
- The worldly (carnal) carne’
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk not solid food for you were not ready for it. You are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh. For these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. Galatians 5:17 ESV
- Discernment >off<
- Judgment >off<
- Desires >off<
When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord have mercy on my son,: he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment. Matthew 17:14-18
- Unbelieving: Not connected to God (connection issue)
- Perverse: too connected to the world
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:19-21
- Prayer connects us to God
- Fasting disconnects us from the world
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. (Family benefits) Romans 8:12-14 NLT
- Set your objective.
You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2-3
- Declare your dependence on God (what you do first from now on)
- Ask for forgiveness
- Refocus on the spiritual
- Invite the presence of God in our lives
- Believe God for answers to specific needs
- Decide what you will do.
- Expect results
Your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear, then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer, you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I…. Isaiah 58:8-9
Healing, holiness, and help