Steps to Freedom in Christ

by Pastor Marty Hughes
First Bible Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, OK

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Text: 2 Cor 10:4-5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Introduction: The Christian life is not a playground. It is a battleground. And our enemy is a crafty adversary. One of his greatest tools is to convince Christians that he is not a threat. He minimizes sin and its effect until even believers are so tangled in it that they find themselves in spiritual bondage. We have all heard it said that a Christian cannot be demon possessed, and in fact that is true. But Satan is the father of lies and even though he is ultimately a defeated foe, if he can convince us to believe his lies, we will live in spiritual defeat. When Christians sin and do not properly deal with that sin, they develop patterns in their lives that are unpleasing to God. These patterns are called spiritual strongholds. Neil Anderson defines a stronghold as a mindset impregnated with hopelessness that causes one to accept as unchangeable something known to be contrary to the will of God. But God has provided a way of escape from every temptation. This lesson will deal with the Steps to freedom from spiritual bondage.

I. Repent - II Cor. 7:9,10

II. Renounce Satanís Strongholds in Your Life - Romans 13:12

III. Reclaim The Ground That You Have Surrendered

IV. Refill - Ask The Holy Spirit to Take Control of the Areas of Your Life That You Had Yielded To Sin. Romans 6:16

V. Rejoice - Accept By Faith The Victory Christ Brings I John 4:4

Conclusion: These steps should be followed with each area of your life where you believe that Satan has a stronghold. It is best to find a spiritual brother to help you through the process. After this process is completed you need to keep your eyes open for Satanís attempts to entrap you again. Whenever a temptation comes across your path, your best response is I rebuke you Satan in the authority of Jesusí name and by the power of His blood. Go back to Hell where you belong and take your lies with you. Jesus said, Ye shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

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