“For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a slave woman, the other by a free woman. But he who was born of the slave woman was born according to the flesh, and he of the free woman through a promise, which things are symbolic.”
“Now we brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? ‘Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman.'” Galatians 4:22-24,28-31
Have you ever noticed that you can be “delivered” and still be a slave? The problem lies not in the circumstances one lives in but in the way one thinks about themself. Notice the children of Israel for example. They where delivered from Egypt by God’s might hand yet they had no concept of how a free person lived or thought. Since their thinking was still “slave” thinking they continued to struggle mightily in their walk with God.
Have you ever lived in a household of “slavery”?
Most of us would immediately say, “No!”, but let’s slow down a minute and think again. Have you lived in a situation in which “slave” thinking was the order of the day?
How do slaves think?
Well, one thing that slaves believe is that they have no control over the things that matter to them. They believe that they are less important than other people. Their sense of identity is terribly flawed. Their views of authority are negative. These things make for extreme difficulty in a faith filled life. They can read Scripture and see great promises made to them, yet believe that those promises don’t apply to them.
“Slaves” can be married, have children, be a person of some influence, even be in a relationship with the Lord and still remain in bondage due to their thought patterns. I’ve seen many people come to the Lord and be delivered, yet in their thinking they are still in bondage and old patterns continue to repeat themselves over and over again.
In Galatians, Paul calls this “living according to the flesh” because flawed, fleshly thinking determines what will and will not be possible rather than the promises of God. Romans 12:1-2 tell us that our bodies are to be given to God as a living sacrifice to be delivered. Then, Paul goes on to say that to be transformed from old patterns, our mind must be renewed so that we can be able to experience the will of God for our lives.
A truly free person may face the same problems as one who is not free but they live victoriously. What makes the difference?
They live according to Promise!
If they experience bad things, they know that the Promise is, “All things are working together for my good (Rom. 8:28)”. If they experience sickness, they know that Promise says, “By His stripes, I am healed (1 Peter 2:24)”. They may experience things they don’t understand, but they believe what the Father told the older brother of the prodigal son, “I am always with you and everything I have is yours (Luke 15:31)”.
Slaves can live in an atmosphere of revelation and still continue their unhealthy thinking. The children of Israel saw God do great miracles and still did not believe. Those who live this way will eventually find their lives scattered across the desert, never entering the land of Promise.
Let me ask you a question, “How fast do you go from a revelation of God’s goodness to despair? The cycle must be broken for those who will be free.
The problem lies not in your belief in what God CAN do but in your belief – “Will he do it for me?”
As long as your status with God is in question, His promise is in question.
What thinking or circumstance is a manifestation of your condition of slavery? Remember, the slave will persecute the free until he is driven out.
Get rid of the slave woman and her son!
You can receive your inheritance as a believer. Let’s get our minds renewed and in step with the Word of God and we will break free from our cycles of slavery! Christianity does work for those who believe God!
You can do it! Ask God to increase your faith! Choose to believe! You are now a child of freedom! Your inheritance is ripe for the taking! Congratulations! God has set you free!