The Bondage Masquerade

We often limit our potential by living in bondage to old ways of thinking.

Whatever you get used to becomes your “normal.” Kids raised in third world poverty get used to eating a cup of rice almost every day. You have your own version of normal, as well.

Your normal is the arena in which you live. You romp and play within its boundaries because that’s all you’ve ever known. You believe you are experiencing freedom, but in reality you are living in bondage.

Bondage often masquerades as freedom, making people believe they don’t need to change. We’re much like zoo animals that don’t see the fences separating them from their full potential.

In his letter to believers, James tried to explain the source of the problems they were experiencing. He told them that they thought they were free, yet they were living in bondage to their old ways of thinking. Are you living in freedom or bandage?

Identify some of the things that are limiting your potential and keeping you in bondage.

“Remember this, my dear brothers and sisters: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and should not get angry easily. An angry person doesn’t do what God approves of. So get rid of all immoral behavior and all the wicked things you do. Humbly accept the word that God has placed in you. This word can save you. Do what God’s word says. Don’t merely listen to it, or you will fool yourselves. If someone listens to God’s word but doesn’t do what it says, he is like a person who looks at his face in a mirror, studies his features, goes away, and immediately forgets what he looks like. However, the person who continues to study God’s perfect laws that make people free and who remains committed to them will be blessed. People like that don’t merely listen and forget; they actually do what God’s laws say. If a person thinks that he is religious but can’t control his tongue, he is fooling himself. That person’s religion is worthless. Pure, unstained religion, according to God our Father, is to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this world.”

James‬ ‭1:19-27‬ ‭GW‬‬

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