The Israelites faced Egyptian oppression for hundreds of years (Exodus 1:8-11). Intimidated by their increasing numbers, Pharaoh purposed in his heart to break their spirit with hard labor and affliction. For years, Pharaoh was successful. The Israelites lived in bondage under his rule and that bondage kept them from the promise land.
Today, Christians experience attacks that are intended to break their spirit and keep them from living the life God intended for them. Satan’s desire is to trap God’s children in sin, so that fellowship with the father is broken, leaving us in bondage to sin. Sin weights us down, blinding us from the truth.
The Curse of Sin
“The Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, from Egypt, to be a people for His own possession, as today.” Deuteronomy 4:20
During their time of slavery in Egypt, the Israelites would have experienced, inhumane working conditions, abuse, dehydration and unending work. It’s undeniable how much the Hebrews suffered during physical slavery, but it doesn’t compare to the spiritual slavery a life of sin leads to. Spiritual slavery separates us from God and leads to death.
God hand selected Moses to deliver His people out of bondage. Likewise, God delivered us from the bondage of sin through one man, Jesus Christ. He’s paid the price for our sin and offers us freedom. I pray each of you have experienced that freedom from sin and no longer live in bondage.
Galatians 5:1 reminds us, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
As believers, the ability to walk in freedom becomes dependent on an individual’s daily decision to walk with Jesus. It’s learning to rely on the Holy Spirit’s power to lead and guide you and resisting temptation when it presents itself.
So, my encouragement to you is to live a life of holiness, be set apart from the things of this world and no longer walk in bondage.