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Freedom Is Not A Luxury

Freedom Bondage Spiritual Life

Source: "Remarks by Ukrainian President Poroshenko to the U.S. Congress," Speaker: Petro Poroshenko Published September 18, 2014

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2014-09-25

Scripture: Galatians 5:1

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

On September 18, 2014, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke to a joint-session of the United States Congress. It was an impassioned plea, from beginning to end, as he spoke in his broken English about the trials his people have endured for many months now in the face of Russian aggression. He gave poignant examples of brave men who have been killed for their courageous stand against ruthless enemies. 

In his imploring call for help, he invoked our own past path as a nation and our pursuit of liberty. It was then that he exclaimed, "Let's show them that freedom is not a luxury (as some try to convince them), but a necessity – and a precondition for the true success of a nation!"

APPLICATION

In the spiritual sense, this stated idea is most true and important. Sin is a horrible dictator and master, brutalizing and bringing death to those who are under its power. Eternity is in the balance for us. Will we leave this life as free men and women or as slaves? What makes this so much more paramount is that it is harder to discern spiritual bondage than physical bondage. We may think ourselves perfectly free, all the while toiling in the chains of darkness!

Paul made his own impassioned plea to the saints at Galatia, when he wrote, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage" (Galatians 5:1).

Can you imagine a nation or even an individual who had endured torture and seen loved ones murdered, now enjoying the rights and privileges of freedom, but voluntarily returning to that former way of life?

It is unthinkable, unless we speak in the spiritual sense. There we find people running back to embrace the enslaver of souls. To them we would exclaim, "Freedom is not a luxury ... It is a necessity--and a precodition for the true success" of spiritual life!

Escaped Dolphin Do Tricks for Food

Bondage Liberty (Christian) Legalism

Source: "Dolphins Go Wild With Freedom" By Luisa Yanez, reported Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, July 29, 1992

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-25

Author: Illustration Exchange
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(Universal Press Syndicate) Three trained dolphins escaped from their performing pen at a resort in Key Largo, Fla. They were discovered several days later in a lagoon off Key Biscayne, some 55 miles distant. At 10am, 2pm and 4pm they performed tricks, apparently hopping to be fed on their Key Largo show schedule.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that passing boaters were only too happy to oblige and feed the talented performers.

APPLICATION

Though freed, these dolphins continued to live and function as though they were still in bondage. Sound familiar?

"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" (Galatians 5:1).

From Rehab With Love

Addiction Denial Bondage

Source: "James Bond at risk of early death from alcohol, study says" By Elizabeth Landau, published CNN.com, December 12, 2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-12-16

Scripture: Proverbs 23:29 ; Proverbs 20:1

Author: Elizabeth Landau, CNN
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Imagine the conversation in the detox intake office:

"What is your name, sir?"

"Bond, James Bond."

"And why are you here?"

"Researchers say I have a drinking problem. I don't know what they are talking about."

Scientists wanted to examine just how much alcohol the famous fictional secret agent consumes, and what effect that could have on his health. They published a study, led by Graham Johnson of the emergency department of Royal Derby Hospital, in the British Medical Journal's Christmas edition, which features a variety of offbeat research papers.

Researchers found Bond's weekly alcohol consumption totaled 92 units a week, which is more than four times what doctors recommend. A real person would not be able to carry out such complicated tasks and function as well as Bond does while maintaining such habits, they conclude. …

The finding of 92 units a week could actually be the low end of the truth, as studies have shown that "people generally underestimate their alcohol consumption by about 30%," the study said, noting other research has demonstrated that health surveys don't account for about half of all alcohol sold.

In other words, Bond may be drinking much more than the large quantities portrayed in the books. "We advise an immediate referral for further assessment and treatment," the study authors wrote, as well as "a reduction in alcohol to safe levels." ...

A real person who drank as much as Bond, more than 60 grams of alcohol per day, would be in the highest risk group for malignancies, depression, hypertension and cirrhosis and could also suffer sexual dysfunction.
Early death would be likely for the spy as a result of such rampant alcohol consumption, researchers said.

Fleming, the author who created the Bond character, and frequently drank and smoked tobacco, died at age 56 of heart disease. "We suspect that Bond's life expectancy would be similar," the researchers wrote.

APPLICATION

"Real" addicts are in as much denial of their alcohol consumption as the fictional James Bond. Their stories, however, don't end with themselves as the glorified heroes, but rather the vanquished victim. Don't end up the vanquished victim. Write your own story, "From Rehab With Love."

"Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise" (Proverbs 20:1); "Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things. You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging. “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?" (Proverbs 23:29-35).

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The Way of Peace and True Liberty

Devotional Thoughts Peace Bondage

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-12

Scripture: John 8:36 ; Romans 12:16

Author: Thomas à Kempis
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Every Freedom Has A Corresponding Bondage

Submission Bondage Free Will

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-10-11

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:22

Author: Max Anders
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Escape Into Prison

Bondage Foolishness Disobedience

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-01-18

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George Wilson Must Die

Grace Condemnation Pardon

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-05-19

Scripture: John 3:16 ; Colossians 2:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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When Evil Became Good

Lies Deceived/Deception Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Lingutla Raja | Date Posted: 2019-03-06

Scripture: Isaiah 5:20 ; Luke 11:35

Author: Lingutla Raja
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"The Moscow Rules"

Satan Spiritual Warfare Submission

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: James 4:7 ; 2 Corinthians 2:11

Author: Neal Pollard
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A Wolf In Shepherd’s Clothing

Deceived/Deception Self-righteousness Shepherding

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-04

Scripture: Titus 3:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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