God has opened the prison doors. He delivered us from the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13). He stripped prison guards, rulers, forces and powers of their weapons. He defeated those who made you feel defeated. He brought to open shame those who tried to shame you (Colossians 2:15). You were sentenced to life in prison, but Jesus came and set every captive free. What bound you is now bound in prison. Jesus released you from sin, shame, guilt, depression and sickness. He destroyed every fetter and chain around your mind, neck, hands and feet. You are free.
But if this is true, why are we bound in certain areas of our lives? It is because we refuse to allow Jesus to complete in us what He completed on the cross. The good work has begun and God wants to complete it, but we refuse to be changed. Getting free was never the problem. That was the solution. Staying free has been the problem. There are a lot of people who want to be free or delivered from something, but they don’t want to let go of what keeps them from staying free.
We are not pigs. We are priests (Revelation 1:6; 1 Peter 2:9). Jesus didn’t clean us to return to mud again. He cleaned us so that we can stay clean. To get delivered, you had to put off something. Don’t put back on what you once put off. Don’t go back to what God brought you out of. If you want to go back to apologize to someone, then that’s fine, but don’t go back to stay. Move forward.
In Luke 6:13, Jesus called unto Himself disciples and out of those disciples He chose twelve who He named apostles. Jesus gave all of them (including Judas) the opportunity to change and to become what HE named them. Jesus left heaven to do the will of the Father (John 6:38). The disciples left their nets, houses, businesses, and families among other things. The reason why some of us haven’t left what God told us to leave is because we don’t trust His will. Another reason is because we think that we are losing something or missing out on something, but Jesus told Peter that if anyone left these things for His name and for the gospel that they would receive a hundred times more than what they left now on the earth and they will receive eternal life in the world to come (Mark 10:30).
To put on what God gave them, they had to put off something. It required change. Judas wanted to walk with Jesus and the other disciples and have a form of godliness, but he wasn’t ready to be godly. He refused to go further than what he could see. He loved himself more than he loved Christ. He loved pleasures more than he loved God. He wasn’t ready to leave his ways, his thoughts and his plans, but everything that Judas refused to kill eventually killed him. Peter had shortcomings, too. He messed up, but he didn’t wallow like a pig in guilt, shame and unworthiness. He left pride and admitted he was wrong. He left unforgiveness and forgave himself. He stopped focusing on what he did, turned and looked at what Christ did for him. When Peter changed, He was able to change lives (book of Acts).
In 2 Timothy 3, we are told what some men and women will be like in the last days. I don’t believe the writer was talking about the world. He was talking about the church. One of the characteristics he mentioned was that they would have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof (verse 5). Acts 1:8 tells us that we will receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon us. When you receive power, you receive change, but instead of being willing to change, we have been pretending to have what we don’t have. We have been pretending to be what we’re not, but God wants us to become what we are pretending to be. We see people in our churches, homes, and neighborhoods that need change, but we can’t give them what we don’t have. To bring change, we must be changed. Jesus prayed to the Father and asked Him to give us another Helper (John 14:16). Let the Holy Spirit change your life so that other people’s lives can be changed.
Don’t resist change.