John 8:31-36 – “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” NKJV
You can be in chains and not be a slave or be without physical bonds and be enslaved. Chains do not determine FREEDOM the heart and mind do. Unfortunately, nothing we do will eradicate human bondage and men will enslave other men against their wills in the natural. I can only imagine the physical, mental and even spiritual torture that being captive brings. My heart breaks for anyone who has endured that condition either as a prisoner of war, a human slave against their will, a hostage or anything of the like.
I know two men who though captives were never ENSLAVED in their hearts and minds. One was a Japanese prisoner during WWII and escaped the other held in Hanoi by the Vietnamese and endured years of horrific inhumane torture and abuse. Both professed that their faith in God and believe in the Word of God kept them FREE though in chains. They were and are examples of TRUE FREEDOM.
The only TRUE FREEDOM is through the shed blood Jesus and the Grace of God. If we receive the forgiveness of sin and are born again we experience TRUE FREEDOM. A person that is thusly free can be imprisoned, chained and otherwise enslaved physically but they will NEVER be a Slave in their heart or mind because the Son has set them free!
Today, in America, we celebrate our Independence and yet multiplied thousands are still enslaved in some form. Enslavement of the mind is possibly worse than being enslaved in the flesh for if a person’s mind is captive the attitude and actions will reflect that condition. Breaking free and living life to the full is virtually impossible because the mind is in chains to wrong thinking, victimization and false premises. But if we receive the FREEDOM that Jesus came and brought we CANNOT be enslaved. Remember, if God is for who can be against us or as a friend always says what difference does it make who is against us if God is for us.
God bless you and BE FREE in Jesus.