Bondage (noun): slavery; the state of being bound by some external power
Lie (noun): An inaccurate or false statement; an impostor; a false statement with deliberate intent to deceive; an inaccurate or false statement
I have a dream that all men will be freed from the bondage of the father of lies. Since the beginning of time, he has deceived and was a “murderer from the beginning and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44) A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. (2 Peter 2:19b) Jesus proclaimed that He came that “we may have life in abundance” but that the enemy’s job is to “steal, kill, and destroy.” (John 10:10)
We have been bound by the external power and allowed the father of lies to convince us of our powerlessness, hopelessness, and rejection. We’ve believed the lie of insecurities, unworthiness, and “this is how it will always be”. The reality of our state of mind begs for a deliverer to set us free from the deceiver who binds us with chains of anger, bitterness, depression, anxiety, fear, and apathy. We open our Bibles and sit in church begging for deliverance and healed hearts and minds. We cry out, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” (Psalm 139:23-24) Jesus’ love is bigger than our emotions. He created emotions and feelings and understands our human frailty. Trust Him to gently lead you in the everlasting way as you work through a lie or distortion of His truth that has bound you.
As we cry out for God to search us, the question becomes are we still and listening? Do we “come to Him with ears wide open and listen, for the life of our souls are at stake?” (Isaiah 55:3)
As we prepare for the coming Resurrection Sunday will you be freed from any bondage of the father of lies? Will you believe in the Resurrection of hope, abundance, joy, and peace? Jesus– “for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”. He faced unimaginable pain and suffering for our sake with joy. His last words were of forgiveness and proclaiming, “It is finished!” Done! Complete! Conquered! Accomplished!
He desires for His children to experience this type of joy and completeness! Joy that surpasses our understanding and conquers death, pain, and sorrow. Joy that is unspeakable and found in the depths of His work on the cross. Jesus’ death and resurrection was accomplished to destroy once and for all the lies of the enemy! Who will be your master? The father of lies or your Savior–Jesus–who loves you with perfect and patient love?
Do you know who you are in Christ? Fill your mind with TRUTH! Claim what is YOURS! Jesus’ work and His love for you is the truth that will set you free!
Knowing Who I Am in Christ
by Joyce Meyer
Not sure who you really are? Read this list of Biblical truths that reveal who God made you to be.
I am complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).
I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14).
I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (1 John 5:18).
I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18).
I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out demons, to speak with new tongues. I have power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm me (Mark 16:17-18; Luke 10:17-19).
I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him Who created me (Colossians 3:9-10).
I have given, and it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, men give into my bosom (Luke 6:38).
I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).
I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).
I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
I am God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23).
I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).
I am a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind (2 Corinthians 4:4).
I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22,25).
I am a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).
I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me (Romans 8:37).
I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
I am a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4).
I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).
I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own (1 Corinthians 6:19).
I am the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7).
I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).
I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7).
I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).
I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7).
I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward (Philippians 3:14).
For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20).