“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. Acts 16:16-24 NLT
Paul and Silas found themselves in captivity.
They were persecuted for preaching the Gospel.
Even though they hadn’t done anything wrong, they were held captive.
As Christians, one of the greatest traps we can fall into is spiritual captivity.
Captivity is the direct opposite of what God wants for us. Captive to sin, captive to pride, captive to the opinions of others.
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13 NLT
We are CALLED to live in freedom
But the devil would love the opposite of that to happen. He wants us to fall into captivity. He doesn’t do it in obvious ways. He presents something that promises freedom, liberty but is something completely different.
Greatest financial scam in history is the pet rock. Remember those?
In 1975, a guy had this brilliant idea to take a ROCK and cover it in straw and put in a box with holes so the rock could breathe.
It was a fad. In 6 months, he sold 1 MILLION pet rocks.
Four dollars in 1975 is the equivalent of $22 today
It was all in the packaging. If I were to sell you a plain rock today for $22, you would think I’m nuts.
But people weren’t buying the rock, they were buying packaging.
The enemy wants to do the same thing. He wants to sell us an empty promise of freedom but he’s going to wrap it up in something that looks real pretty – lust/ungodly relationship/career or financial choice that takes us away from the things of God.
God is offering us true freedom today. Not a gimmick, not an empty promise
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36 KJV
We are free INDEED. We are made free. There’s a making in the process, a molding.
Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! Acts 16:25-27 NLT
They welcomed the Spirit where they WERE. That’s where freedom in. Welcome the Spirit in your home, family, job, health, and there will be freedom.
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV