Set Free – Stay Free!
How to Stay Free
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
This past Sunday many people came forward for prayer for deliverance from hopeless situations. Praise God!
However it occurred to me that sometimes when we are set free from bondage or oppression, our enemy will soon return and attempt to put us back into that bondage! Jesus gave us an example in Matthew 12:
“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through dry places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with itself seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that man is worse than the first” (Matt. 12:43-45).
In other words, after one is set free, they must be on guard and resist future attempts to put them back into bondage. Below are some practical ways to stay free.
First of all, don’t go back to a spiritually passive pattern.
Make a commitment to have regular times of prayer, reading and meditating on God’s word, and worship.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. (Hebrews 13:!5)
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; (2 Peter 1:10)
Meditate on the Word day and night and carefully do what it says, you will find good success
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Josh. 1:8).
Second, don’t go back and repeat the same mistake that put you into bondage!
If you were delivered from an abusive relationship, break ties with that person. Don’t allow them back into your life.
If you were set free from addiction, be intentional and diligent about staying away from that thing / person / substance, even if it means breaking friendships.
Third, when temptation or negative thoughts arise, counter them with the Word of God.
Remember that when Christ was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4), He didn’t resist in His own strength, Jesus resisted with the word of God! “It is written…”
If you were delivered from fear, meditate on Scriptures about how God has not given you a spirit of fear and Scriptures about the peace of God.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (1 John 4:18)
If you were delivered from rejection, meditate on the love and acceptance of God.
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:4-6)
If you were delivered from lust, meditate on the holiness and purity and beauty of God.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)
When thoughts or voices that speak contrary to the Word of God occur, reject them outright:
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (2 Cor. 10:5).
If you were delivered from anger, be quick to recognize and resist voices and urges toward anger.
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. (Ephesians 4:31)
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)
If you were delivered from a infirmity, rebuke the symptoms instead of accepting them.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
Claim the promise that Jesus gave us:
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)
Finally, keep worship music on in your home, your car, your work. I can tell you from personal experience, establishing an environment of worship around you will change the spiritual atmosphere around you!
Ask of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to everyone grass in the field. (Zechariah 10:1)
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. (Acts 3:19)