Galatians 5:1(NIV)—It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
People live in prisons of their own making every day. Being self-conscious is a type of prison. This person worries about all kinds of things that other people don’t even think about them. For example, a girl thinks her clothes don’t fit right and that everyone will notice, but no one even notices. A person thinks of themselves as not pretty or plain, when other people see them different, in their eyes she is beautiful. Self-conscious people can be a prisoner in their own mind without knowing it.
There are many types of fears. Some people are afraid of heights, some of being in close-confined places, some even are afraid of other people or going out in public. These are all fears in the mind. These are called strongholds. Fears can hold you captive, like a prisoner.
Guilt and feeling unworthy of love can cripple a person from living a life that God has for them. Thinking that there will be no love in their life is a terrible feeling. No one wants to be alone all their life, God created people to be there for other people. There is a fear of the unknown. Some people are not as adventurous as others. Change could be a problem for some.
There is one common denominator in all of these fears and strongholds—Satan. He is the father of all lies and he is telling us all kinds of lies that stop us in our tracks. He can paralyze us if we let him. Satan has no good in himself, he has no love for anyone at all.
There has always been a spiritual warfare going on between Satan and God. Satan wants to take us away from God anyway he can. He tries to stop us from worshiping God. For example, someone is getting ready for church and their car won’t start, or someone is on their way to help a friend and the weather turns bad and is not able to get to their friend. He will do anything to stop us from doing God’s work.
All kinds of things happen because of evil. Satan is the prince of the air, the god of this world. He wants to keep us a prisoner so that he can have control over us. Our heavenly Father, God, saved us from having to live under Satan’s wiles. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save this world. The people who choose Him have a way out from living in sin. Jesus has victory over Satan, and we have victory with Jesus when we put Him first in our lives. Not Satan or any other thing or person can take us away from God’s love. Satan wants to try to control us with fears and worries and sinful thoughts and actions, but don’t give him that power over you. Satan has to worry about fear, not us. He knows his time is short and will try his hardest to get whoever he can to fall with him.
Praying, reading of God’s Word, and staying in fellowship with God’s people helps us stay strong and able to fight the spiritual battle that goes on all around us every minute of every day. God is love and is about everything that is good.
1 John 4:18 (NIV)—There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)—Be Sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
John 8:44 (KJV)—Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it.