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Monday, July 27, 2009
The Deadly Deception
"If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, `You will become free'?" "If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed"(John 8:31-36)
The deadliest deception in life is to go through it believing you are free, when in fact you are really bound! If you never realize you are bound, you will never fight for your freedom. The tragedy in being bound and not knowing it, is that you never live the life God created you to live.
In the text, the Pharisees make a statement that reveals their true condition - bound. They tell Jesus that they are: "Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone". The Bible is clear in that, throughout the Nation of Israel's history they were at various times enslaved (Egyptians, Philistines and the Babylonians).
As a matter of fact, they where presently under the Roman Empire's rule. They had become so accustomed to being in bondage that their bondage appeared to them to be freedom. It is possible for you to become so familiar with a situation (no matter how dysfunctional, painful or out of order it may be) that it becomes the standard by which you measure life.
What is bondage to one person may be freedom to another. Our perception of life can become skewed by our circumstances. Self-deception is the precursor to self-destruction.
Paul warns in 2 Corinthians 2:11, "so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, ... we [should] not [be] ignorant of his schemes. The enemies' primary mode of operation is deception. He offers us a counterfeit of true freedom, hoping that we will embrace the substitute never having experienced the real thing.
Much of the fruitlessness in the lives of Believers today is a result of unidentified bondages. Bondage does not have to be painful to be bondage. As a matter of fact, the worse kind of bondage is bondage that you've become comfortable with.
You can recognize bondage if it hinders your ability to experience the fellowship, fullness and freedom that God has planned for your life.
Jesus said, "the truth will set you free". Take a moment, get away from everybody and everything, close your eyes and ask God to reveal to you anything that is hidden in your heart and life where you've been operating in deception. Allow the light of His Word to illuminate your life and path.
Let this be the beginning of a new chapter in your life. Discover the freedom and fullness of living transparently and you will really know what it means to truly be free indeed!
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