RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Saturday 22 June 2013
OF BONDAGE AND LIBERTY
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2Corinthians 3:17
Read: Ecclestiastes 2:1-2
Bible in one year: James 1-2
Prayer point: Father, in whatever bondage I have found myself, as I walk with the Holy Spirit this season, set me free.
John 16:1 3 says if you are a friend of the Holy Spirit, He will keep you informed of the truth. It will be difficult for people to pull wool over your eyes. In addition to this, He will expose the truth of God’s Word to you. It is the revelation of the truth that makes free. This implies that, if you are a friend of the Spirit, He will bring you out of bondage and ensure you walk ¡n liberty. No wonder 2 Corinthians 3:17 says,
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
The greatest need of the one ¡n captivity is the Holy Spirit. Are you in a demonic bondage? You need the Holy Spirit. Are you in prison — both spiritual and physical? Be filled with the Spirit. Draw close to Him. Love and serve Him within that prison situation and before long you will be spiritually liberated. As you continue to walk with the Spirit, the physical prison walls will not be able to contain you. The truth is that you cannot have a close walk with the Holy Spirit and remain bound. Do you know that those who were criminals and are presently serving a prison sentence, but have now received Christ and are fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit, are actually free? If men say you are bound but God says you are free, who would you believe?
Everybody desires freedom. Whether you are in a physical prison or not, you want to live at liberty. Do you know that the most enslaved people are not those inside the four walls of a prison but those outside? In their quest to be free to do whatever they like, many have become terrible slaves of their carnal desires. An individual who has no self control ¡s in bondage. Take Solomon for instance. He received unprecedented blessings from God, but a time came that he became so obsessed with carnal things that whatever his eyes liked, he acquired. What bondage! No wonder he ended up with 1000 women! The physical prison is there to help the convict have a rethink about life and to help them find Jesus. As you receive Jesus, develop your relationship with the Holy Spirit and win souls to Christ. Are you in a prison? The Spirit of God will bring you out in Jesus name.