Open Heaven Daily Devotional 8 February 2022 

Topic: Living In Glory (V)

Memorise But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness, And the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. Obadiah 17

Read: Mark 5:1-15

Open Heaven Daily Devotional 8 February 2022 MESSAGE

Bondage is the condition of being dominated by sin fleshly lusts, or demonic powers. Bondage refers to any situation contrary to God’s plan and purpose for man according to Genesis 1:27-28. It is anything that binds a fellow in the torment of fear (Hebrews 2:15). Bondage of any kind has one purpose – to shame and disgrace. Incidentally, bondage is usually not forced, as we see in the case of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-19).

People usually become enslaved through the wrong choices they make in life. Consequently, many live by choice under the control of demonic powers, hard drugs and other forms of addiction like money alcohol, sex and worldly pleasures, without any idea that they are in bondage.

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That is why 2 Peter 2:T9 says: …for of whom a man is overcome of the same is he brought in bondage.  Furthermore, Romans 6:16 says: Know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? No matter what you are passing through you can make a decision now that will change the course of your life forever.

All you need to do is reject sin and evil, then embrace God and righteousness. NILE There is nothing glorious about living in bondage. Physical bondage includes poverty, sickness, failure, a sinful lifestyle, and addictions. Bible in one year Leviticus 24-26 Spiritual bondage includes demonic possession, being remotely controlled or tied down, being under the influence and experiencing situations that are not observable or physically explicable, as seen in the case of the mad man of Gadara in our Bible reading today.

The good news is that Jesus came to this world for the purpose of restoring freedom to man in line with John 10:10 and Luke 4:18.

As you reject Satan and submit to Jesus today, He will make you whole and deliver you completely from all forms of bondage, in Jesus’ name.

Hymn 12 My Faith Looks Up To Thee

1 My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine.
Now hear me while I pray;
take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!

2 May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart;
my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me,
oh, may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!

3 While life’s dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide.
Bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow’s tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.

4 When ends life’s transient dream,
when death’s cold, sullen stream
shall o’er me roll,
blest Savior, then, in love,
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul!

Prayer Point: Father, please deliver me from everything blocking the manifestation of Your glory in my life, in Jesus’ name