Breaking Bondage

N E W HOPE CHUR CH

End times

Date: 2/20/2008
Biblical studies to help others and yourself
By Pastor mark

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Breaking Bondage Step 1
Identifying Bondage
Bondage = servitude to a controlling force James 1:14-15 NIV 14. But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin: and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. List the Steps to bondage: _______ — _________ — _______ = bondage = ___________. The Steps out of Bondage: ___________ --- ____________ --- reliance on Christ --- life 1 John 1:9 Luke 13:3 Understanding God’s hand at work: When was Israel’ Bondage Broken? 1. When God raised up Moses to led them out of Egypt? Yes / No Read Ex. 3:1-7,10 But: It is important that God will prepare someone to lead us out of our bondage. 2. Was it when God saw the affliction of his people? Read Ex. 6:4-9 Yes / No

Yet: We need to acknowledge God’s awareness of our bondage. 3. Or was it when Pharaoh said, Rise up and get you from among my people? Yes / No Read Ex. 12:30-31 Fact: That force that we find ourselves subservient to will be affected by the power of God over a period of time. But: Beware it’s not over yet! Read Ex. 14:8-12 Your bondage will reappear on the scene to try to reclaim you. 4. Our bondage is broken when! Ex. 14:13-15 A. B. C. D. We fear not --- to believe God can Stand still and see --- to trust God will Let the Lord fight for you, hold your peace -- to let God Now go forward --- to experience God’s deliverance

Answer these questions: 1. Why is it important that we believe God can deliver us from bondage? 2. If you believe God can, does that mean you trust God will? 3. If you believe God can and will, what stops you from letting God? 4. Are you ready to experience God’s deliverance? If so God’s Miracle can be seen by all!

Breaking Bondage Step 2
Following after God
Joshua 3:1-7 I. Coming to the place God desires us to be! Read Joshua 3:1-2 What does it mean, to follow after God? 1. _______ way not mine. 2. Coming to the place ________ desires me to be. What happened when Israel followed after their own desires? Desire — enticed — sin = ____________ = death Are you willing to rise and remove from your bondage, and position yourself where God wants you to be so He can work a great work in your sight? II. Watching for God to move: Read Joshua 3:3 Where will you find the presence of God and true men of God? Church — Prayer time — Reading & Studying the Word — Ministry to others Where do you find yourself to be at the present time? III. Don’t let yourself get ahead of God: Read Joshua 3:4 In light of this verse why is it important for you not to get ahead of God? 1. 2. IV. Sanctify yourselves: Read Joshua 3:5 Write out the definition of Sanctify. 1. Strong's Concordance 2. Dictionary V. Leaders --- take up your positions / duties Read Joshua 3:6 What is the difference in the Priests going ahead of us instead of going for us? 1. Going ahead of us? 2. Going for us? Fact: If the bondage we desire to be broken is for a loved one, friend, etc. We can take on the duties of the Priest. VI. God’s promise to all the people: Read Joshua 3:7 That God will magnify (the leadership) Who is the head leader? _______________ Who are the priests? ___________________ Who are all the people? _________________ Who will enter into God’s place of promise?

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Breaking Bondage Step 3
Step into the Water
Joshua 3: 8-17 Step 1. Identify your Bondage Step 2. Following after God Step 3. Step into the Water Have you come to the place where you seem to have gone as far as you can, does there appear before you a gulf you can not cross?  In getting your family or friends to come to God or Church!  Does your bondage keep returning to reclaim you? I. Joshua 3:8 Brings you to the brink/edge of the Jordan River. Bondage on this side. God’s Promise on the other side. What does verse 8 tell you to do when you have done all you can do? (When you are come to the brink/edge of the Jordan) NIV ____________________________________ KJV ____________________________________ II. According to verse 10 how shall you know that the Living God is among you? _____________________________________________________ (All the things that stand to hinder you!) III. (v.13) When does God’s promise to you start? ____________________________________________________ IV. (v.14 -17) And what will come to pass! ____________________________________________________ V. (v.17) And the priests -- stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan Which was overflowing --- and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground. Question for the day: Who among you would be willing to step into the water? What keeps us from stepping in?  So that our families, friends, neighbors, associates, etc. Can cross over into God’s promises on dry ground? Step into the Water and watch God begin to work!

Breaking Bondage Step 4
Beyond Jordan
Joshua 5:1 And it came to pass, when all the Kings of the Amorites --And all the Kings of the Canaanites --- heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of Jordan --that their heart melted, neither was their spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel. Let us go back to Numbers 13 I. Sending of the spies. (v.1-2) v.2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan which I give unto the children of Israel. Their reports  v.23 The harvest of the land was great --- beyond belief  v.27 The land --- it floweth with milk and honey  v.28 Nevertheless --- the people be strong the cities are walled and they are giants they are stronger than us they eateth up the inhabitance  v.33 We were in our sight as grasshoppers And so we were in their sight

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III. But now let us hear the truth 5:1 All the inhabitants -- heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of Jordan  their heart melted  neither was their spirit in them any more IV. Now hear this also: Read Joshua 5:13-15 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so. So now what stops us from the Promise of God? If the captain of the host of the Lord is for us can we see our bondage broken? We now have two choices: 1. Stay in bondage 2. Trust God Which do you choose?

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