Oak Grove Church of Christ
Freedom from Your Self-Prisons
June 7, 2020

Freedom from Your Self-Prisons

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Passage: Isaiah 59:1-2
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Not everyone who is imprisoned is behind stone walls.

“Stone walls do not a prison make, or iron bars a cage…” - Richard Lovelace, 1642


“I wear the chain I forged in life… I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free wil, and of my own free will I wore it…”
- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

If You are imprisoned by anything, greed, anger, anything, you need to let Jesus Christ make you free.

  • Luke 4:16

Jesus came to make us free, to make us free from the bondage of life. He came to make us free from the many things that are difficult in this life. 

Freedom From the Prison of Complacency

Many people have become complacent. They are satisfied with things the way they are. They don’t want anything to change what they think. They are shackled to the prison not being aware of their own sin, and the need to change. 

We should always try to make improvements, and grow in our lives, especially in our spritiual lives.

  • 1 Peter 2:2
  • Philippians 3:13-14

Paul could have been satisfied with his life before he became a Christian. He had everything going for him. But, he gave all that up, and didn’t let it hold him back from becoming a Christian and growing stronger in Christ.

To press toward the mark is to put out that extra effort. Paul was not bound by a prison on complacency. If you are bound by a prison of complacency, it’s time to break free.

Freedom from the Prison of Inferiority

Often we are faced by a prison of defeat. Many people have a problem with inferiority or an inability. They are often defeated by their own fear without every having facing them. 

  • Exodus 3:10-12
  • Jeremiah 1:4-10

Strength to overcome, even feelings of inferiority come from being in Christ. 

  • Matthew 28:20
  • Philippians 4:13

We can overcome that prison of inferiority by recognizing the simple fact that with God, we can do anything.

Freedom from the Prison of Superstition

More than 2 billion dollars were spent on superstition in 2019. Surveys show that more than half of all Americans believe in fortune telling. 

There is much superstition in religion. 

According to Webster's 1828 Dictionary

"Excessive exactness or rigor in religious opinions or practice; extreme and unnecessary scruples in the observance of religious rites not commanded, or of points of minor importance; excess or extravagance in religion; the doing of things not required by God, or abstaining from things not forbidden; or the belief of what is absurd, or belief without evidence." — Webster, 1828

Often times we think of superstition as secular, but really it is a religious thing. Like the superstition of the Athenians.

  • Acts 17:22
  • John 8:32

True Christian religion is a religion of truth, and knowledge.

Freedom from the Prison of Hate

Many lives are filled with bitterness and hatred. Racism is just one example of hatred based upon how someone looks. 

  • Acts 17:26

Hatred and abuse at the forefront of what happens in our media and society today.

  • Ephesians 4:26-27
  • Romans 12:21

Jesus knew best when he taught us to love instead of hate.

  • Matthew 5:43-44

We are to treat people with love. Love is the only thing that can conquer hatred. Those who have hatred in their heart will die in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. Love, however continues on in heaven.

Freedom from the Prison of Discontent

Like all things of this world, material possessions will just fill you with more emptiness. 

  • Ecclesiastes 1:14
  • Ecclesiastes 2:11
  • Philippians 4:8
  • Philippians 1:21
  • Matthew 11:28-30
  • Philippians 4:7

If we are trying to fill our lives with physical things we are only ever going to find unhappiness. We can break free from that prison of discontent.

Freedom from the Prison of Indecision

Man must always be making decisions. It is part of life. 

During the days of the divided kingdom, they couldn’t make up their minds if they were going to serve God or the god Baal.

  • 1 Kings 18:21
  • 1 Peter 2:21
  • James 1:5
  • Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom is the proper application of knowledge. When we have knowledge and wisdom, we can make the right decisions to break away from our self-prisons.

Freedom from the Prison of Unbelief

Many are locked in a prison of unbelief. Like those who had come out of Egyptian slavery, yet, didn’t have enough faith to enter the promised land.

  • Hebrews 3:7-14
  • 2 Timothy 1:12

Faith in God can release us from a prison of unbelief. When we act on faith we can know that God is with us and will not leave us. You can be released from the prison of unbelief if you just believe God and the word which He left us.

Freedom from the Prison of Sin

  • Isaiah 59:1-2

What hides God’s face from us? It is when you turn away from Him, putting ourselves in that prison of sin.

  • Romans 6:16-18
  • 2 Peter 2:19-20
  • 1 John 1:9

God has a law of pardon for the alien sinner. It requires us to believe. Belief is the foundation of our salvation, we are told then to repent, to turn from sins, confess the name of Jesus and be baptized for the washing away of our sins. 

And, there is another escape from a self-prison for those who are erring Christians. 

1 John 1:9, we must confess our sins if we have strayed from obedient Christian life.

Obedience to God’s law will free you from the prison of sin.

Freedom from Your Self-Prisons

If we can assist you in any way to come to find the freedom of breaking away from your self-prisons please contact us.

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