This morning Lead Pastor Carl Gulley wrapped up our Let My People Go series. Throughout our series, we addressed various pharaohs that try to keep us in bondage. We also talked about tools and weapons that help set us free from our pharaohs. We started our series by looking at the story of Moses, who God called to lead His people out of Egypt. Today, we closed out our series by re-visiting that story. Throughout the course of the past six weeks, we talked about how to get free. Today, we talked about how to stay free.
While Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, is dead and gone, there are modern-day pharaohs that still try to keep us enslaved and held back from all God has for us.
THERE ARE FIVE THINGS ALL PHARAOHS HAVE IN COMMON –
- They will always be fearful of who you can become // The king of Egypt feared that if the Israelites were set free, they would overpower Egypt. Similarly, lust fears the pure in heart, anxiety fears the faith-filled and so on.
- Our pharaohs will tighten their grip // The minute we reach for freedom, the enemy will tighten his grip on us, and actually try to make it harder for us to find freedom. Moses asked Pharaoh to let God’s people go. Pharaoh’s response was actually more oppression. Freedom from the things that enslave us will be a battle.
- Ultimately, our pharaohs will lose the war // The enemy will not win the battle for our freedom because our battles are fought with unusual weapons. God fights on our behalf and has ultimate victory because of Jesus.
- Pharaoh will always stage a comeback // Just as Pharaoh went back after the Israelites, the enemy will not let us go so easily. Satan may have lost the war for our soul, but he will still try to speak lies and take over our lives.
- God drowns our pharaohs for us // Even after experiencing freedom, we may feel like we’re still being pursued by a pharaoh. We can rest assured that God will stand on our behalf and remove our pharaohs for us.
HOW DO WE STAY FREE?
The Israelites, even after being set free, thought it would be easier to just go back to Egypt. Physically, they were free, but they still had the mindset of slaves. We know the enemy will not go down without a fight, and it takes a process with God to get out of the enslaved mindset.
JUST BECAUSE YOU LEAVE PRISON DOES NOT MEAN PRISON HAS LEFT YOU.
When we are enslaved our mindset shifts to believing we are imprisoned. The way we think will shape how we feel, and ultimately determine our actions. If we think like a prisoner, we’ll feel like a prisoner, and we’ll act like we’re still in slavery. Eventually, we’ll find ourselves back in the place we were once trying to find freedom from.
STAYING FREE TAKES A PROCESS OF TRANSFORMATION.
In a world where we want a quick fix, going through a process seems inconvenient and not worth it. God isn’t calling us to an easy fix, He’s calling us to transformation that will produce lasting freedom. In Romans 12:2, Paul says , “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” Salvation is instant, but restoration takes time. We need the continual renewing of our mind so we will adopt a new way of thinking.
YOU BECOME WHAT YOU BELIEVE.
Every area where you believe a lie, you get trapped. Every area where you believe truth, you get free. As we allow our mind to be renewed by the truth of God, we will start acting out of that truth. A renewed mind ultimately produces a transformed life.
HOW DO YOU RENEW YOUR MIND?
- Read the Word of God // The Word of God is the truth of God. We need the Words of God to sink deep within us and become our thoughts.
- Declare the truth of God // When we continually declare the truth of God, we will have a mindset shift, and ultimately a lifestyle shift. If we believe what God says about us, we will act out of that place.
- Go to church // In our Sunday morning gatherings, you hear the Words of God that challenge you and engage in worship that takes you into who God is.
- Join a Lifegroup // We need to be around people that have a different perspective and allow them to speak truth into our lives. Being around the people of God ignites something fresh within us when we feel trapped.