Why the Chosen?
- To represent Jesus
- To live free
- To come out from being under authority.
- Is not the same as freedom
- Freedom is how you live once you have gained your independence.
- Freedom begins by recognizing bondage
- There are many forms of bondage
Spiritual bondage: Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:1-2)
- In the Scriptures Jesus is confronted by a number of people who are demon-possessed
- Not only did Jesus bring freedom to people who were tormented like Mary, he sent his disciples out to do the same: (Mark 6:6,7)
- Most people do not struggle with demonic possession. But we can find ourselves oppressed by an enemy that wants to keep us bound.
- An ancient fortress, designed to offer safety and security.
- Strategically located to expand dominion over lands around them.
Spiritual Strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
- A pattern of thinking and behaviors that opposes the knowledge of God.
- Lies we believe about ourselves, our world and God.
You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free”
- Truth is a friend of freedom, whereas lies keep people in bondage.
- Love is a friend of freedom, whereas lust is a form of bondage.
- Freedom is about belonging, whereas the stronghold is feeling orphaned, alone, in solitary confinement
- Strongholds happen when we open door, give place to them…they take on a life of their own.
“Be angry and do not sin; and do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.”
Place = “topos”
- A place of jurisdiction.
- Bondage distorts your reality.
- It obscures your identity: Who am I?
- The Chosen have a name, that is known by God.
But now, this is what the LORD says– he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.”
- Joins the band of Jesus’ followers
- Is present at his crucifixion
- Hears her name at the Empty Tomb
Chosen to be Free
- Freedom is costly