Out Of Bondage

Many people choose to stay in slavery rather than address matters that keep them in bondage. A few months ago Pastor Bill was preaching out of Mark 5. This is the story of the man with the "legion" of demons. I'll let you go read the whole story, but essentially this man was extremely demonized and as usual Jesus showed up on the scene and everything changed. Now look at this reaction from a community  that had previously been plagued by his demonic behaviors. "And they came to Jesus and saw the demon possessed man, the one who had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right man, and they were afraid... and they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region" (Mark 5:15,17) After reading this passage, Papa Bill made this statement, "Sometimes the supernatural is scary to those who are accustomed to bondage".

Selah.

This morning as I was reading a very familiar passage in Numbers my mind jumped back to that passage and Papa Bill's statement. We all know the story of the Israelites spying out the land. The familiar phrase, "and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers to them!". Moses had sent out spies to the land which GOD HAD PROMISED THEM and the spies came back with a very interesting report. In my own words, "The land is awesome, it is indeed as great as God said it was, however, there's no way we can ever possess it because there's a battle we'd have to fight that we just can't win".

The reaction of the Israelites was one we see repeatedly from them, "Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?" (Numbers 14:3)

With every change, with every trial, with every battle, with every opposition, the Israelites continually made this statement, "would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?" I'm not sure how you read the Bible, but I often get way TOO into it. As I read this statement, I'm saying (okay almost shouting) outloud, "NO NO NO NO IT WOULD NOT BE BETTER, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT SLAVERY WAS LIKE? AHHH"

But this morning as I read this passage the light clicked on. Many times people will choose slavery over the battle that brings freedom. Many times people will choose familiar bondage over the uncertainty of the unknown. Many times people will choose the familiar (even if it's bad) over the potential of extreme discomfort. As Bill said, the supernatural is scary to those who are accustomed to bondage.

What is your Egypt? And what is your Promised Land? What areas in our lives do we settle for slavery because we're afraid of what it takes to adjust or step into the supernatural promises?

For many of us it is simply leaving old patterns of thinking to embrace the new ones. For some it's stepping out of something that feels so comfortable to be put into a season of being uncomfortable. Sometimes it's actually stepping out in faith at the risk of failing or being left disappointed. Transition, Change, Battles, they aren't always "easy", but the benefits of the "Promise Land" are beyond explanation.

Step out of bondage or familiarity and push forward to the promises of God for your life.

Be Blessed, J. Tate