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Chosen: To Live Free

Why the Chosen?

  • To represent Jesus
  • To live free

Independence

  • 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

  • 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.

Strongholds

  • 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”

John 8:32

Freedom

  • 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

Open doors

  • Strongholds happen when we open door, give place to them…they take on a life of their own.

Ephesians 4:26–27

“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”

  • Topography
  • A place of jurisdiction.
  • Bondage distorts your reality.
  • It obscures your identity: Who am I?

Chosen: “Mary”

  • The Chosen have a name, that is known by God.

Isaiah 43:1

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

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