Bondage & Breaking Free part 2: The Crafting of Bondage according to the bible III

Lovely Day Conquerors, i trust i find you well. Welcome to this final part of the Crafting of Bondage according to the Bible. In preceding parts, we dealt with the belief system and pride as the battlefield of bondage. Now we move on to fear, the culmination of the assignment of bondage.

Section III: Fear

Fear is a negative emotion we experience when we percieve threat to our peace, safety, and wellness etc. The feeling is unpleasant and can be so bad as to cause panic which can also lead to bad decisions or even sickness. Picture the scenario of coming face to face with a bee or a dog. One is said to be safe if they relax and take it easy. However in most case, people panic because of the fear of being bitten- the moment they move, run, jump or scream, their opponent also perceives danger and strikes. Sometimes fear is used in the category of honour as with fearing leadership, elders or God etc. In this case it is the threat to peace, safety or wellness etc that can be caused by violating the laws of honour. Fear of negative consequences or punishment then can equate to fear of those one is answerable to. Fear is either activated in the physical realm (tangible things e.g by other people, events or objects that can be seen by the eye) or spiritual realm (intangible things e.g emotions, feelings, spirits or losing control etc). Either way, the spiritual entity of fear is at work to intimidate individuals into regression as opposed to progression. It is important to note that fear is a very natural response to negative stimuli but when it comes to the crafting of bondage, the crunch of the matter is how the fear is handled. Now just like pride, fear happens at different levels and manifests itself in different expressions all crafting the work of putting one in bondage overtime. Fear commands pain, disappointment, regret and rejection and can be activated by any if these entities itself.

Pain

Pain is a highly unpleasant feeling experienced physically or spiritually. Physically, pain affects the flesh e.g injuries, accidents, physical abuse, sickness etc. Spiritually, pain affects the innerman e.g heartbreak, rejection, hurt, verbal or emotional abuse etc. Pain is inevitable in life and can just strike without warning. Pain that happens on the physical can also have far reaching effects spiritually if not handled properly. In the crafting of bondage, pain plays a pivotal role as the centre-stage of negative emotions one can experience.

Now pain is not something anyone looks forward to and can easily become something to be dreaded based on past experiences of self or others. This trauma can naturally calibrate one’s perceptions of life or the future with fear of the unknown or the foreseen e.g fear of history repeating itself (Job 3:25). The negative emotions that are left unresolved become magnified as they create good ground for disapointment, regret and rejection again furthering the agenda if fear itself.

Disappointment

This is when things do not take the expected or intended course leading to negative outcomes. The obvious response and decision afterwards is to work hard to avoid future occurence of the same unpleasant feeling by the same kind of scenario. Disapointment works by planting seeds of doubt and belief in any good. Once disapointed, a person’s ability to have faith in that area is tempered with. The more one stays in the zone, the more the mindset is settled in being pessimistic and negative and this translates to every other thing that concerns them as little other disapointments trickle in (James 1:6-7). Once the work of unbelief has been solidified in the innerman, it becomes difficult for a person to recognise the presence of God or that he even exists. If at all there is still an atom of belief in his existence, yet they will move into a zone where they believe he is not for them but for others. Disappointment left unresolved will always activate regret as it makes way for rejection eventually agaim solidifying the presence of fear in one’s life.

Regret

Naturally, disapointment causes one to trace their map back and forth to establish the cause of their unfortunate circumstances. This emotional refusal to accept current circumstances ushers in an unpleasant feeling of regret. Regret is basically wishing things had never happened the way they did. Consequently in an attempt to press the undo button continuosly in one’s mind and realising that in real life it is not happening, negative roots of worry, frustration, confusion and stress begin to build a castle in the innerman. The more the castle is established, the more the negative emotions build up into more stronger ones like anxiety, distress and depression. The worse case scenario here is a threat to mental wellbeing. Too much pressure on the mind with no answers is a recipe for disaster. Thus, bondage will be reaching for the top!

Rejection

Now the culmination of the work of bondage is rejection. Rejection is the experience of being denied access to that which one feels they deserve. In part 1, we discovered that bondage is a state of imprisonment or being tied down. When it comes to spiritual bondage and the crafting thereof, rejection becomes the icing on the cake because of it isolative capabilities. From pain to disappointment and regret, the move is to squeeze a person of all known hope and faith in good until they find themselves choking i.e alone- no God, no family, no friends, no fortune, nothing good at all. If anything, at least they do not feel it or see it. They could be with family bit feel so alone and cold. That is the point. In the zone of rejection, people always feel like the world is against them. They are overly supicious because of the overmuch subjection to pain, disappointment and regret. In trying to manage their fears and protect themselves from further pain, they reject in advance so as to make sure they are not rejected. These rejective characteristics of theirs pervert their judgement and mislead them into treating others unfairly without noticing it. The evil of the spirit of rejection is therefore that where people reject in advance or counter reject, they do not realise how these actions bite them more than their ‘victim’ others. Infact they are not aware of their negative action obviously potrayed to self as self protection. Rejection is consistent with victim mentality too. The feeling of being left, being dumped, being undesireble, being unfortunate, being alone or lonely, being poor, being broke, being unfairly treated and denied access to all kinds of desired things…well riseUP!!!! Bondage doesn’t give a hoot about your perceptions of disadvantage!Infact bondage loves victims!!!! Soon enough too, sickness begins to creep in. If not high blood pressure, depression, cancer or anthritis then mental health issues, hearing of voices and a possible threat on one’ life as in suicide.

Thus, fear is a highly intimidating spirit that worms it way into a person’s life using the platforms of pain, disappointment, regret and rejection. Each of the giants can also in some cases operate as the root cause of fear or even cause one another in the process of the crafting of bondage in a person’s life.

Join me in part 3 of bondage as we conclude this series by looking at breaking free from bondage.

Thank you for reading this post.

Signing Out

Ester H.


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Bondage & Breaking Free part 2: The Crafting of Bondage according to the bible II

SPIRITUAL BONDAGE PART 2:

Section II- Pride

Greetings of the day Conquerors! Welcome to Section 2 of the Crafting of Bondage according to the Bible. We are looking at the stronghold behind bondage which we have determined that it is Spiritual Bondage. In essence, because we are spirit beings living in bodies of flesh, the events of our lives are crafted in the realm of the spirit first then they manifest in the physical to give us an earthly experience. In section 1 of the crafting of bondage, we discovered how one’s belief system activates the journey of bondage which only becomes apparent when things have become complicated in life as in the example of cancer. We also examined curses and ignorance as the major roots in the build up of bondage in an individuals life as far as the belief system is concerned. Today we move on to another key player in the crafting of bondage- pride

Pride

I would personally describe pride as magnified or amplified self worth. A view of self that is filled with selfpraise based on power or superiority in a certain area(s) e.g wealth, charm, eloquence, education, fitness/physical strength or looks, social affiliations or fame etc. The opposite of pride is humility.

The Crafting of Bondage in Pride
Throughout the bible, pride is painted as the downfall of man. It is a phenomena that the Lord despises in that it belittles others and sows discord among brethren. It is a statement of superiority where infact only God is superior. Pride provokes God in every sense.

Pride in the bible begins with Lucifer a powerful angel desiring to be exalted like God and unfortunately being thrown out of heaven for this act of pride and infact disobedience. The same is Satan, who after being thrown out is on a mission to win souls for damnation and partnership in the pits of hell. No wonder his major tool is pride. If he can get you to feel too big where your ego has been bruised then a partnership has begun. Pride is one of the chief activators of curses as can be seen in these scriptures below

  • Proverbs 16:18- Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
  • Psalms 119:21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

  • James 4:6Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
  • Galatians 6:3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
  • Proverbs 18:12- Before
    destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
  • Proverbs 11:2When pride cometh, then cometh shame

In the few examples above it is clear from the scriptures that pride is synonymous with destruction, falling, rebuke, cursing, resistance and shame amongst other negative experiences. One does not need a prophet to decode that this is bondage explained in the above words.

Bondage has a way of worming its way into the life of the prideful. Like the subtle snake in the garden of eden, bondage will work its way in such a way that the prideful will never know they are on their road to destruction and shame. Pride perverts one’s sense of self confidence and shapes it into vile the characteristics of arrogance, boastfulness, conceitedness and/or egoism etc. all of which can easily turn into narcicism. Sometimes pride can also be subtle as a snake as in the case of a bruised ego or rejected beings. This is when individuals are recalibrated by the pain of being rejected or looked down upon into an exaggerated sense of self worth inorder to protect themselves. This perversion of self worth is toxic and self sabotaging in the longrun. The ugly part of pride is the fact that it is possible to be prideful and not be aware of it. The Key players in the crafting of bondage in Pride are Anger, Unforgiveness Bitterness and Rebellion. Lets take a look at these offspring of pride.

Anger

Anger is a negative emotion that rises up as a result of offense by self or other. The degree of anger is not subject to observation as it can be left concealed for sometime for various reasons. Again this is because of the subtle characteristics of bondage. Anger generally rouses wrath and feelings of vengeance or retaliation. Sometimes it is impossible to rest or feel better until the issue has been settled. How to settle the issue and bring peace again is what sets off bondage or freedom. Now within the confines of Christian values, anger is permissible only as one doesn’t sin while in anger and then ofcourse not end the day holding on to the offense (Ephesian 4.26). That means one has 24 hours to surrender to God ans snap out of it. God’s reason for this is obviously peace and harmony in the earth. But what do people do? Bear grudges, plan for revenge, retaliate etc. Worsestill, holding on to anger has a way of making one feel like they are in control. Unfortunately the rule was never to be in control but to surrender all wrath and vengeance unto to God (Romans 12:19). Operating in it is attempting to sit in his throne or be equalled with him like Lucifer and we know what the outcome of Lucifers prideful intentions were! Once anger has been left unresolved, it graduates into unforgiveness, furthering the agenda of bondage already underway.

Unforgiveness

Unforgiveness is as the name sounds a state of failure to forgive. When the offense has been registered and nothing is done to activate the word of God over the matter, the offense itself becomes amplified, a spiritual move that modifies the heart into failed forgiveness- another offense for an offense. Well, that is the crown the devil dishes out for successful obedience to him in handling anger. The Lords prayer attests to the fact that we are forgiven by God as we forgive others (Matthew 6:12). Now, if we have not resolved our issues out therr, we actually do not have access to the throne room as we must first go and sort things out with our offenders before approaching the throne room to offer sacrifices of prayer. In essence our prayer will not be heard (Matthew 5:23-26). Now what kind of a life will it be of unheard/unanswered prayers? Bondage!

I think the worst part of unforgiveness is seen in the parable of the unforgiving servant. The man that was forgiven by his master but he refused to forgive his offender. Add to that cruelty. Well the master found out and gave him a higher measure of that cruelty. Imprisonment! That is the story of bondage because of unforgiveness (Matthew 18:21-35) Anger and unforgiveness left to their means lead to bitterness.

Bitterness

Again coming out of offense bitterness is the result of anger that is harboured and as it keeps cooking in the innerman until it begins to produce deep feelings of resentment. Bitter people are not only bitter to their offender(s) or anything associated with them but to everyone. It becomes a part of them so that without their knowledge they could be spewing bitter vernom to others. This will be a bondage assignment to isolate them because people end up avoiding them. Bitterness is when a heart that was once sweet & peaceloving is disappointed and persuaded into believing that goodness doesn’t pay by the pain of offense. It becomes a form of self protection from the world (because noone can be trusted). However it becomes a place of bondage crafting because we are simply not created as haters and our innerman has that knowledge from creation. The more we operate in anger, the more we move in unforgiveness, the colder and bitter we get. The bitter we get, the lonlier and emptier we feel. Thats bondage! Now when anger, unforgiveness and bitterness have had their field day and left unchecked, that is when rebellion knocks at the doors.

Rebellion

Unlike anger, unforgiveness and bitterness, rebellion is ready to give a piece of mind through voice, action or whatever means are available. Rebellion is the outright act of taking the opposite route from what is prescribed. Isaiah 1:19-20 records,

“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”

Always about obedience to the word and blessing or disobedience and cursing. What is a life of being devoured worth. Sometimes the devourer doesn’t succeed in killing one too soon but destroys everything one seeks to do or steals it (John 10:10). Most times the frustration and confusion one gets from the activities of the devourer is enough to bring in distress, depression or even suicide ideation. Bondage crafting!

Thus, in the crafting of bondage in pride, the agenda is to activate disobedience and set up one with punishment. As we have seen anger, unforgiveness, bitterness and rebellion are the many faces of pride which are born of pride and they themselves amplify each other as they unite and connect with each other to create the bondage that one will find themselves in unawares. The act of overriding biblical principles related to these negative emotions is a prideful statement that equates to nullifying the word of God in one’s life. This act of disobedience will always further the crafting of bondage whose effects are not recognizable at the point of offense but way into the activation of these justified but forbidden evils.

Thats it for today Conquerors, join me again in the next post as we look at The Crafting of bondage in Fear.

Till then

Ester H.


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Bondage & Breaking Free part 2: The Crafting of Bondage according to the Bible I

Greetings Conquerors,

Welcome to part 2 section 1. In part 1 we discussed the different types of bondage in the physical and spiritual realms. Today we go deeper into the crafting of bondage. To do this, we examine spiritual bondage in greater detail

BUT WHY SPIRITUAL BONDAGE?

We are going to examine the crafting of bondage from a spiritual perspective. The reason why it is wise to take it from this angle is that we are first and foremost spirit before we are flesh. We are spiritual beings. Being spiritual means that even our lives happen from the spirit out into the physical. Now whether one knows this or not, whether too they chose to believe this viewpoint or not is irrelevant. It is what it is! This one is not even a matter of believing in God or not. It is not even about being Christian or not too. We are simply spiritual and that is why spiritual bondange is always at the core of all kinds of physical bondages discussed in part 1. Now we want to further expand on the kinds of and sources of spiritual bondage highlighted in part 1 from a biblical perspective so as to understand the actual crafting of bondage in our lives as an agenda.

Section 1: The Belief System

The Crafting of Bondage in the Belief System

A belief system is a religious affiliation someone subcribes too. In most cases, people believe in God, the maker of heaven and earth. Those that don’t believe in God actually believe in something else which can be their own selves or idols. Sometimes these bemiefs are not deliberate but default. Sadly any belief system that doesn’t humble itself to God Almighty plays into the hands of the opposer of all good- the wicked one knowingly or in ignorance. In this article i am going to make reference to the Christian religion. This is a religion that stands out from all other religions at the point of Jesus Christ. There are other religions that claim to believe in God but they are Anti-Christ. For the purposes of those who may wonder why Christ is a bone of contention…the Doctrine of Christ was God’s super redemptive idea to reconcile man-kind to himself. To do this, Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit and conceived of the virgin Mary. Believing in this is a choice as it obviously sounds unbelievable. Careful study of the holy scriputres and rightly dividing the word of truth will bring revelation to those seeking it not for the sake of contention but for the hunger of knowing him to whom we are answerable. As it were, the Word itself is Spirit and one must become spirit first inorder to get access to the revelations therein, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)

Now back to the concept of Bondage, people either find themselves in bondage because of doctrinal error i.e choosing to dishonor God by disregarding Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6) or worse still believing in Jesus Christ but choosing to be lackadaisical about their spiritual walk. The thing is that people might as well not give their life to Jesus Christ if they will not care enough to give God the honors of being exemplary soldiers in the war against wickedness. The Crafting of Bondage starts long before it actually starts biting. It is much like cancer- by the time symptoms start showing, it maybe to late! Out of the belief system, two significant forces arise in the assumption of bondage viz curse and ignorance. We will look at these in detail below

  • Curse: Many curse openings come up in scripture but the father of them all is when God gives Moses the law or commandments and then accompanies the law with the freedom of choice statement saying in Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live“. A cursed life is a life in which things don’t just work and it doesn’t make sense. It is like a death situation because there is literally no life in the things one seeks to do and thats not all. Even the things they seek to take part in suddenly dry off or wither. I have seen people shake a corpse with hope that the person would come back to life. I have seen people pray for a life that has just departed from a body to come back. The desperation thereof! The pain! The disbelief that their worst fear is now facing them and the wish that they are dreaming! Such is the life that is cursed. It is dry from the roots and no amount of prayer, tears or aid of whatever sort can change it except God himself lifts off the curse. Unfortunately God will never violate or alter his own word. He is sovereign and everything is already on standby to be obedient to him to perform his will. As humans, having been given freedom of choice… we must play our cards well otherwise even nature works against us.
  • Ignorance: This is simply a lack of information or knowledge. Sadly, ignorance has no respect of persons as even pastors can be caught unarmed with the right or specific knowledge to their downfall. The bible is very clear on the effects of ignorance, it being a highly informative book set out to give an example of how we should and should not live in this temporary life we have as human beings (1 Corinthians 10:11; Romans 15:4). When it comes to spiritual bondage, worldy knowledge or wisdom doesn’t cut it. This is why often times people find themselves in frustration and confusion where they think they are learned or powerful enough to fix their problems. Ignorance knows no race, colour, creed, wealth, beauty, power or spiritual standing! This is one area of bondage that can confound years of experience, education, spirtual growth or promotion acquired in the physical realm. As it were, professors who have studied the Word for the sake of study and contention have missed the mark and left off all their work with no spiritual upliftment, power or revelation. In the spirit world, God and God alone will promote or demote, annoint or reject as he sees fit in his wisdom. He declares,

“Therefore my people have gone into captivity, Because they have no knowledge; Their honorable men are famished, And their multitude dried up with thirst”

(Isaiah 5:13).

A closer examination of the two grounds in which bondage is crafted in the area of one’s Belief System shows that we as individuals play a part in the situations we find ourselves in. Yes, one may be born in negative circumstances but that is no excuse for ignorance going forward. Neither does playing the victim make things better. Infact it fuels bondage. God has made sure that his word is available in this world as a guiding light and way. Many preachers are making a good effort to take the word to the nations. Still many people are stuck in religions of their forefathers and refusing even for a minute to cast off their loyalties to flesh and accept the spirit of the living God in his word. Interestingly, even in anti-christ religions, spiritualism or spiritism reigns and unfortunately it becomes a demonic agenda wrapped in spirituality and religion to the bondage of unsuspecting individuals. The word of God is a wealth of knowledge and yet even the bible itself could not contain all of the text that it should have. However enough information is available with regards to the sovereignty of God and the existence of other gods who are infact no gods but the inventions of man and something God in his mercy chooses to tolerate as he gives grace for repentance. You can read more about other gods here. (NB* its a 3 part series)When it comes to the belief system, bondage is like the subtle snake that enters a person who is right in the presence of God and persuades them to believe otherwise against the guidelines set for them. The fruit looks attractive and worthy to be tasted but it is forbidden yet here is a convincing sly one saying don’t worry it will be ok, then boom! In the same way, it is attractive to choose self in the place of God or to choose a god one can see in the place of the unseen God…Ignorance!!! The same old ignorance has led people into witchcraft and dabbling with all kinds of occult or magic in pursuit of prosperity, vengeance and self protection. Always at a price and before they know it they are in too deep and don’t know how to quit or get out and still have their life. Well, with all the death threats one finds themselves going round in circles with no hope of freedom. That is bondage. God says there is no other way to him than Christ, man has devised many other midlemen and spirits to reach what they say is the same God, really? Unfortunately or fortunately fake is fake and the fruits are always a sellout…Curse!!!Now therefore, two scenarios can be highlighted in the crafting of bondage in the belief system zone.

  1. The Christian
  2. The Anti-Christ

The Christian enters into bondage because they choose not to inquire from the Lord or get to know him better. They are unarmed in a world where we are on the battlefront of good and evil. They err and get stuck in their errors with no knowledge of how to even begin to get out. Most times too, they are not aware of their own contributions to their scenario in the way they will have violated spiritual rules in ignorance. However there are times that Christians enter into bondage with full knowldege of what they are doing but are so attracted to the objects of their desires that they risk everything like Eve in the garden. Ofcourse bondage then comes as a curse or chastisement. As for the Anti-Christ, their life is already cursed having refused the light of God-Jesus Christ who according to the book of John is the life of man. What life is there if the life himself is not present?Nonetheless bondage is not cast in stone. It is not easily detectible in the beginning and by the time the effects start showing up like cancer, the damage will be almost impossible to fix or so it seems. The reason bondage passes of as ‘normal’ at the beginning is because God is merciful and patiently awaits his creation to accept him. It is this patience that has deceived many into thinking they can get away with unbelief or worsestill not even know that they are in unbelief and it is a problem. Unfortunately also the father of evil, the devil uses this gap to convince people that they can do and believe what they want or what he himself sets them up with. This way, people are kept from the actual knowledge and in that pervetted wisdom, they perish. In conclusion, the introduction of other gods in ones life is an action of choosing death/curse. In the same way, choosing God but refusing to get knowledge and adhere to the rules of engagement introduces death cycles again riding on ignorance. As discussed earlier bondage is like a death situation in which things become lifeless and there is no progressiveness as expected.

That’s it for today, join me in Section 2 of Sprititual Bondage as we look at Pride in the Crafting of Bondage.

Signing out

Ester H.


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Bondage & Breaking Free Part 1: What is Bondage

Dearest Conquerors all over the world

It has been the longest while since we last met. A lot of stuff has been going on in my mind. I had basically too many topics or articles and i couldn’t figure out which one to write first. Today i just woke up and thought, why not start from somewhere and here we are.

So there is this thing called bondage. Something which is sometimes described as a place between four walls. Well maybe four walls are at least nice, what about between a rock (with all of its sometimes sharp and uneven corners and curves) and a hard place? Well honestly for me bondage would definately be the zone in your life when you are stuck in some unknown muddy or gummy substance and the more you try to make a move the more you get stuck onto some more of that irritating or disgusting stuff. I think this would be the best way to describe it! So there’s sticky, slimmy, smelly stuff all over your life some of it irritating your eyes and obstructing you from seeing or navigating the way properly. Some of it just up in your hair causing you to look a terrible mess that noone wants to say hi to. Some of it just stuck in your mouth that when you try to speak people run for their lives. So in essence, i’ve painted a two-sided picture here…one side where this mess affects you and one other side where this same mess affects those that are around you. It is no surprise that the endgame becomes isolation, lonliness, confusion, distress…maybe even despair, depression or suicide ideation. Yeah! The more you are stuck in this mess the more you consider total exit into an unknown world ‘because this world sucks!’ Can i also mention that, isolation or suicide ideation and all these negative things are not conscious efforts but inevitable offshoots of a situation going out of hand to the end that one may not aware of what they are exhibitting manifesting or planning.

The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines bondage as- “a state of being bound usually by compulsion”. This signifies a lack of freedom, imprisonment or even slavery. Again this denotes difficulty of life, of circumstances and of a situation. There are so many situations in which people find themselves in life that can be referred to as bondage.

Types of Bondage

Physical Realm Bondages
These bondages take place in the natural world. They affect our physical bodies directly and are traceable to physical/natural causes. Although they may happen seperately, they actually have a tendency of affecting or activating each other back and forth.

  1. Financial Bondage: This is the bondage that has to do with ones financial standing. The ruler in this bondage is money or wealth. As we all know money answers all things. Without money, so many other things become stagnant. It becomes difficult to feed, keep a relationship, develop self or shelter one. For those with responsibilities to others, financial bondage can spark off some of the most unbearable challenges in relationships. Financial bondage means that one is now imprisoned by lack or poverty and they nolonger have a voice or say in the matters concerning their life. If poverty says “hunger,” they starve. If poverty shouts “immobility,” they can’t move or go anywere. If poverty screams “divorce,” thats it etc
  2. Relational Bondage: This bondage is as the name suggests and thus of a relationship nature. It speaks of being stuck in a relationship thats not adding value to one. These relationships are consistent with abusive and toxic others to the point of threatening ones existence yet every now and then people find themselves without a voice in such associations. The ruler of this bondage is either a covenant or the other participant(s) in the relationship. In the case of other participant(s), it is obvious that they will normarlly have an edge or advantage over the one in bondage thereby imprisoning them. This advantage can be physical (e.g strength, power, financial, education, geographic/situational etc) or spiritual (mental, emotional, witchcraft, religion etc).
  3. Geographic Bondage: When it comes to geographic bondage, one is confined in a physical location they would not rather be in. Both financial and relational bondages play a part in this bondage although it may have originated in its own right from birth in some cases e.g born in the rural areas, born in prison etc. Sometimes people get stuck in certain places because of work to make a living or crime as in the case of jailment. Then ofcourse lack and/ or poverty will definately stand in the way of one seeking to move from one area to another.



Spiritual Realm Bondages
These bondages are of unseen means and causes. They originate from the spiritual world through causes of self or others just like in the physical realm and can operate interchangeably or one causing the other or being activated as a result of the other.

  1. Belief System: One’s belief system can always be traced back to the bondage they experience. This is because in every religion they are rules, regulations and covenants governing the activities of gods and their followers. For this reason, any measure of error has consequences that are in most cases punitive either temporarily or permanently. Now because one knows their own rules of engagement, inevitable error activates bondage in the the outcome of ones actions and this individuals always know from their acts of wrong doing. ‘Curse’ is the master behind bondage here.
  2. Pride: At the core of perceived bondage is pride. This is the attitude or spirit an individual possesses that gives them a position of power in their own life and ofcourse it translates to how they place themselves in others lives. As it were, being in this power drives individuals in attempts to superimpose their own power to other individuals who also have their own contending self acclaimed powers in their own domains. It then becomes a clash of powers or a survival of the fittest! Thus those whose powers are found lessor find themselves in bondage to those who seem to be more powerful in any given instance, situation or circumstamce. The chief operating force here is the ‘Why Me’ attitude and of course hunger for control.
  3. Fear: This one is a giant in its own right. Fear of any magnitude imprisons one. People may suffer in bondage of fear of the unknown or even the known. In its simplest form fear is the threat to one’s peace normally activated by percieved loss. The loss can be of anything from loss of control, power, peace, safety, dignity, finances, property relationships, loved ones, health and life. Acts of force, crime, violation and abuse of any kind are normally used to create an atmosphere of fear. Sometimes trauma from past unpleasant experiences triggers fear. Anxiety is the chief culprit behind the bondage of fear and just the thought of losing control can be a major introduction to bondage.

In conclusion,
We have seen that bondage happens on two levels i.e the  physical and spiritual planes. However it is important to note that as explained prior, any kind of bondage can originate of itself or be activated by another type of bondage(s) and yet it can also give rise to others after its inception. This also means that physical bondages can originate in spiritual bondages and vic versa. What this means is that bondage is like an army of soldiers.  The one that gains territory first can make room for others as they partner together to create a stronghold and eventually take out their target if nothing is done to outst them. The journey to being taken out begins with something as simple as worry which when left unresolved can graduate into stress, onto distress or even depression and boom suicidal thoughts as one becomes consumed with thoughts of hopelessness or uselessness. Ultimately the stronghold(s) of bondage will have achieved their goal.



Just what are these strongholds of bondage?
How do they gain access and how does one break free?

Join me again in part 2 as we discuss the stronghold (s) behind bondage


Till then, thank you for reading my post.

Signing out…
Ester H.

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