This Passover 2020 was significant, because for the first time since the original Passover over 3500 years ago, we were sheltered in place around the world. I believe we are in a time of reset, and God is freeing His people to leave Egypt behind and move toward the Promised Land He has created for each of us. We are to leave the idols and systems of the world behind so we can move into the freedom He has created for us.
Mosses asked Pharaoh to release God’s people so that they could be free to worship Him, and the same request is occurring in this season we are in now. We worship Him when we leave our sin at the cross and do what we were created to do. We are called to walk with Him as stated in Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” However, if we do not leave the bondage of Egypt behind, we can’t walk in the freedom He desires.
The Path to Bondage
Most of us do not start out desiring to be in bondage. We open a door that seems innocent at the time and the intensity increases until it has control over us. The following is a path to bondage that may help us recognize the subtle steps that lead us to bondage:
- Develop a love for something (Person, place or thing)
- The love for the object or person is elevated to become an idol (the idol begins to consume more of our time, money, thought, focus, etc)
- We begin to worship the idol and build alters to our idols
- We are now open to demonic strongholds that can: (1) control, dictate, and influence your attitudes or behavior (2) oppress and discourage you, (3) filter and color how you view or react to situations, circumstances, or people. We begin to defend our idol and strongholds and use excuses to support our position, such as I am genetically predisposed to the condition (addiction, anger, etc.). Many times, these are generational curses that have been passed down from previous generations and must be broken to become free.
- Often we are in bondage and don’t even realize it or do not want to be free from the bondage, we love our sin.
- We should realize that the object or person itself is not sin until I elevate it to an idol status. Examples of objects or persons that are not sinful until elevated to idolatry resulting in bondage can be money, children, spouse, hobby, entertainment, religion, sports, alcohol, exercise, success, prestige, etc.
- We should also realize that God will never violate our free-will, we must make the choice to see the bondage as sin, repent of the sin, and take the first steps to destroy the sin in our lives.
The pathway to bondage may be overcome by the Holy Spirit resulting in the life of freedom we were created to enjoy.
Life in the Spirit
The Apostle Paul reminds us of the freedom we were created to walk in and the barriers that can impede our journey in Galatians 5:13-21, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Leaving Egypt Behind
The results of the flesh identified in the scriptures above reminds us of the evidence of the flesh in our lives versus walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. The love of our Heavenly Father is calling us to leave the patterns of Egypt behind so we can walk in the fullness of the Promised Land He has created for each of us. This may look differently for each of us, but let’s join together during this time of reset as we leave the bondage and slavery of Egypt behind and embrace the new thing He is doing in this season.
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.