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How to be Delivered from Mental Bondage

I would like to share part of my testimony, of how God delivered me from people bondage.

Growing up, I cared a lot about the opinions of people, especially those of close family members that had dominant personalities.

Since I had low self esteem and lacked knowledge of my God-given identity, I allowed people that were not God tell me who I was, but as I got older, God strategically called me to make decisions and grow through things that would disappoint my family (moving out, being called back home from college, joining another church), and all I had to cling to and depend on was God.

He stripped me of my dysfunctional foundation and gave me His Son, the Solid Rock I could firmly stand on.

There were other forms of bondage that God literally snatched me out of:

The most addicting for me was the spirit of lust (pornography, masturbation.) Now, there were many times where I made conscious decisions to live for God, and I slipped up more times than I can count. It would always stem from boredom and wanting to use it as a coping mechanism whenever I felt stressed with school. I would always feel great guilt the first time I backslid, but I was caught in the web of lust and I couldn’t find the desire to quit.

Sexual sin against ones own body is deadly, because the Bible clearly states in 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. This means they are delicate, precious, and they are not our own. We are just vessels for God to work through. He desires us to live holy as He, our Lord and Savior, is holy.

Holiness is a lifestyle. It begins in our mind. Once the enemy, Satan, gets ahold of our thoughts and we give into them and let him have his way, he has the victory and power to influence our emotions and behavior. If you ever heard about the spiritual warfare us believers are always fighting in, that’s what it is.

Satan has come to the world to kill, still, and destroy the fight within every believer that causes them to follow Christ. He knows his time is running out and being the prince of the air, since being cast out of Heaven, he wants to take as many souls to hell with him. In other words, it’s as if he’s saying, “if I can’t remain in Heaven, I don’t want anyone else to receive eternal life in Heaven.”

Additional forms of bondage God dug out of me this past year were
generational curses of anger, irritation, lack of self control, and the spirit of rebellion (not trusting God), along with many more. Because I understood that God dug all of those past struggles out of me last year, and He blessed me with self-awareness to understand the leading signs that proceeded before I fell into sin, He put it on my heart to take the proper precautions to make sure I don’t allow any open doors that would sabotage my future in Him.

the steps I took were:
-I stopped listening to secular music,
-I stopped watching tv or movies that involved sex (or any lustful content), cursing, drama
-I deleted Wattpad and Tumblr from my phone.

At this point, I would like to make a disclaimer that NONE of this was easy, nor did I overcome this in my own strength. There were many failed attempts because I depended upon my own strength to defeat the demons instead of the Holy Spirit, who Jesus sent to be our Helper. It wasn’t until I surrendered and asked the Holy Spirit to help me, that I experienced His supernatural restraint and self control.

It’s states in the Bible that when we are tempted, God ALWAYS provides a way of escape for us (1 Corinthians 10:13), but it takes work on our parts to make the decision to move forward and not become a slave to the sin Jesus Christ died to free us from (see Romans 6:18).

Anything we do outside of the power of God will always fail.) I went HARD. I truly believed that If I wanted to be free from it, once and for all, I had to make sure no door, not even a crack was open to let it back in. I made it up in my mind that I wanted God’s Presence, and I wanted the calling on my life more than I wanted to make my flesh feel good.

Here are steps God took me through towards becoming healed and whole in Him:
1. Go to God and confess with your heart that you’ve been in bondage far too long, and your desire is to be free, so that you can wholeheartedly worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

2. Make your mind submit to the Word of God (2 Corinthians 10:5), Because it states that God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of POWER, LOVE, and a SOUND MIND.
Allow this to sink into your heart. Even when you don’t feel it, you have to declare that you have the power of the Holy Spirit, the love and sound mind resting on the inside of you!

3. You must proclaim and declare with your mouth that whatever you had been in bondage to has no power over you! In the midst of it, no matter how you feel, you must command what you know as truth to come forth!

Whatever it is: lust, pornography, sex, drugs, people, alcohol, low self esteem— YOU ARE FREE!
Because who the Son; Jesus Christ, sets free, (by the blood He shed) He is free indeed!
You have to believe and declare that you are free. The Word says that old things have passed away and ALL things have become new, and if ANY man (or woman) be in CHRIST they are new creatures!

It’s the Blood of the Lamb that sets us free, and it’s only by believing in faith, and confessing with Your Mouth that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came down from Heaven and put on flesh, lived a life on Earth without sin, was crucified on the Cross, died, was buried, and resurrected so that YOU could be free from every sin that you already have or will ever commit!

He did that so that You and Your Creator, Your Maker, GOD, would then be reconciled and so that you would be able to have direct intimacy and relationship with Him, without sin being a barrier anymore!
The Bible says in Romans 10:9 if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, you shall be saved!! That’s before you are ever baptized. That can happen right now in the comfort of your bedroom, your office, or your car. It doesn’t have to look a certain way.

He wants you to come as you are. His arms are already open unto you. All He needs is your surrender. When you get God, you get to truly live and taste and see this freedom that I’ve been talking about!!

You are not called to live life alone. Allow the God who created you with a purpose and a plan before the foundations of this earth, the God who formed you and knew you, the God who yearns for intimacy with you daily, all it takes is Your continual Yes to God with your lips and your life, and watch how He will transform your heart, and you too can experience this freedom.

I have a Spotify playlist on my page, Shamari Griffin, that I created just for you as you walk into your new life! It’s titled “I am Free”, and I pray that it ministers to you and helps you as you transition into fully living the life God envisions for you.

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