John 8:36 (NIV) “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
A close minister friend once told us about a dream. He said that in this dream he was a prisoner in a jail cell. He remembered standing there looking through the bars and seeing Satan on the other side laughing at him, scoffing and taunting him with words that told him how trapped he was, how he would never be free and how he had done all of this to himself and how he had gotten what he deserved. Our friend described the feelings that he felt in this dream, feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, depression, defeat, fear and dread. He said that just as he was at his lowest moment Jesus showed up in the jail cell beside him. He instructed our friend to turn around and look behind him. When he did, he was amazed that there were no bars. Then Jesus gave him the ability to see the situation from above. He was then extremely surprised to see himself standing in front of a jail cell which Satan was inside and he was on the outside. He had been so mesmerized by Satan’s lies that his perspective convinced him that it was the other way around when in actuality it was Satan who was trapped with no way out. He had been free the entire time!
John 8:44 (NIV) …he was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” In this scripture, Jesus is describing Satan. Why do we believe his lies? He will take a small piece of truth and then twist it in order to cause us to not believe God’s words. He plants seeds of doubt in our heart so we won’t trust our Father. He is like the Pied Piper, he plays a tune that we begin to dance to and then he slowly leads us down a path of destruction.
I Peter 5:8 (KJV) “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” Notice the choice of wording in this scripture says that the devil walks about AS a roaring lion. In the jungle, a lion’s roar strikes fear in the hearts of the other animals. When that roar is heard, the animals react, some run, some hide and others freeze stiff, unable to move in fear. Just as our friend’s dream revealed that his captivity was due to believing Satan’s lies, so it is in the Christian’s life – “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Stop listening to the enemy’s roars! Turn away from his taunting and scoffing! Set your affections on the Father’s heart and His words of life! Let the Son of God lift you up, above the situation. Let Jesus give you a perspective from heaven and you will walk in freedom!