Freedom From What’s Known – Going From Known Bondage to Unknown Freedom

The difference between known bondage and unknown freedom is the difference between being comfortable where you are because it’s familiar and moving forward into unknown territory where there’s freedom. How many times have we as women chosen to stay in something that we really didn’t want to stay in because it was comfortable, or because we knew what we would get instead of moving forward into the unknown where there was freedom?

Too many times we choose to stay in a bad relationship, or a bad situation, or in sin because that’s all we know and we say to ourselves I would rather have that knowing that I have something. Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that you really have nothing at all and that you would rather have nothing than to move forward into the possibility of having everything.

Think about it like this, on the one hand you have NOTHING, nothing but disappointment, nothing but turmoil, nothing but pain and emotional instability, and on the other hand you have the POSSIBILITY of having joy, peace, love, and all the fruits of the Spirit. Which one is a better deal?  Knowing that you have NOTHING or the POSSIBILITY of having everything?  Now, I know that may sound like a trick question because it’s like, ok, I’m leaving what I know I have, even if it is nothing, for something I’m not sure I’m going to get, there’s only the possibility that I could have those things.  When you really look at it, it’s not a trick question at all. Leaving something that’s not good for you for the possibility of something better should give you hope.

When we have something to hope for and look forward to it makes life easier to live. It makes it easier to go through the daily struggles of life because we have something to hold on to, to give us strength.  That’s why Paul told us to encourage one another with the HOPE of Jesus coming back for us (1 Thess 4:13-18).  It’s a hope because it hasn’t happened yet and we’re still waiting for it looking forward to it.  If we didn’t have this hope we would stay stuck where we are in sin because we would have no reason to expect anything greater.

When all we can see is the mess and bondage that we’re in without the hope of something greater, it’s easy to stay where we are and to tell ourselves that this is as good as it gets. But that is simply not the truth.  God ALWAYS has something greater for us than bondage, it’s not even a possibility it’s GUARANTEED!

Just look at the story of the Israelites in the Old Testament. God brought them out of Egypt into the wilderness and when things got hard or looked bad they said we should have stayed in bondage to the Egyptians, but God had a land for them flowing with milk and honey and all they had to do was believe in the hope that God had given them concerning that land.  That promise that God made to them was guaranteed and had they stayed in Egypt instead of moving forward, they would have never seen it.

I challenge you today that if you are in a bad relationship, a situation, a mindset, or in anything that you want to get out of but you’re afraid to move forward because you’re comfortable where you are and are afraid of the unknown, sit down and make a list. On one side, list all of the things that you are receiving where you are, and on the other side make a list of all the things that you hope to receive if you were to move forward.  After making that list I’m sure you will see that the two sides don’t even compare and that it’s time to use that hope to move forward.  If God is trying to take you from known bondage to unknown freedom, just trust him because he has something greater for you than the mess that you’re in.

Givin’ It To You Straight,

Gigi Jones

 

Ephesians 4:25 – Put away lying, speak every [wo]man truth with [her] neighbor: for we are members one of another.

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