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Getting out of bondage

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A lot of people today are living on the other side of life, with so much unhapiness; they wonder most times what could be the cause of their miserable life and the way out. The enemy to battle with is not without but within, if only we can look within and deal with ourselves, then we will be free. This book is an expository of man's ways, fault and correction. Read it to be wise.


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GETTING
OUT OF
BONDAGE
By Ibrahim Badmus
CONTENTS
LIBERTY 8
BONDAGE 11
BONDAGE OF LYING 19
BONDAGE OF SMOKING 21
BONDAGE OF ALCOHOLISM 26
BONDAGE OF FORNICATION & ADULTERY 29
BONDAGE OF HOMOSEXUALITY 32
BONDAGE OF MASTURBATION 35
BONDAGE OF OCCULTISM 38
MARITAL BONDAGE 40
MINISTERIAL BONDAGE 42
GET OUT OF IT 45
HERE HE COMES 52
FOREWORD
Perhaps the greatest challenge to mankind with respect to bondage is his penchant for self destruction. Man's ultimate failing and fall is epitomized by his failure to learn from history.
The word "HISTORY" appears to be a merger of two words HIS and STORY; to date therefore, man is imprisoned by nothing greater than ignorance of his own story.
The bible, "the perfect law of liberty" (James 1:25) states and I quote "my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shall be no priest to me, seeing thou has forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." (Hosea 4:6).
It is imperative upon me by His grace to conclude that our willful and rebellious thoughts, dispositions and actions, encouraged by the unwholesome alliance of conspiracy with the devil is responsible for the chaotic, hopeless and desperate situation into which our world; once a paradise now bears semblance with hell.
One of many parables of our lord Jesus, (The Good Samaritan) offers a graphic downward slopping curve of a Youngman who left Jerusalem for Jericho and ended up in the captivity of thieves (agents of Satan); but for the intervention of "The Truth" (Jesus the new man or Second Adam) it would have been all over for him.
Reader, the dynamics of the revelations of the foregoing is the thrust of this timely and must read contribution of our brother's. You will do yourself a world of good when you heed and live by the revelations from the word of God as expounded in this book (Rev 1:3).
This book also offers the getaway or liberty plan and a cursory look at the following scriptures:
v "Buy the truth, and sell it not; wisdom, and instructions and understanding."(Proverbs 23:23);
v "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me(John 14:6);
v "and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free(John 8:32) and
v "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the purpose the son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil."(1John 3:8)
These all capture the very essence of this work of faith.
Again, just as man was self willed unto bondage he can also elect to be exercised unto liberty (Isaiah 52:1-3; Luke 15:17-24 & 2Chronicles 7:14).
Blind Bartimaeus had a glimmer of hope to be delivered from eternal darkness and seized it with every dint of will power left in him; even in the face of religious trickery by the devil who tried to silence him.
We conclude this endorsement on a note, both of caution and encouragement as contained in the following: (Romans 1:16-30, 2Corinthians 5:11).
To my brother Ibrahim Badmus and family is this earnest prayer: the apostle Paul went up by revelation, Peter and John by prayers, even so shall you soar with wings as the eagles, you shall run and not be weary, you shall walk and not faint, Amen.
Shalom!
Deacon Olurantimi Olusegun
Parish Pastor:
RCCG (Destiny Sanctuary, Turin, Italy)
DEDICATION
I dedicate this book to the Holy Spirit who inspired me

Author Ibrahim Badmus

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Book edited by Pastor Kingley Opia-Enwemuche
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THANKSGIVING
Special thanks to the Holy Spirit for the inspiration and guidance, to my lovely wife and daughter Joy. Pastor and Mrs. David Darley for their encouragement, to every member of prayer band and also evangelism units of The Redeemed Christian Church Of God, Court of His Majesty, Ipaja Lagos Nigeria.
I want to thank my very good friend who is my father in-law Engineer Samuel Olusola Adeolu and his wonderful wife Mrs. Adewunmi Adeolu. A special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Biodun Taiwo for their love and great support in every aspect of this book. Deacon Segun Oluwarantimi for his spiritual, financial support and Deacon Supo Gbadegesin a wonderful spiritual father. Pastor Fred Odekhian and his lovely wife Mrs. Helen Odekhian cannot be forgotten for their great love and mentorship. And I also say a big thank you to all faithful ministers of God.
I can never forget my wonderful parents for their love for me. Mum, Dad, I love you both.
PREFACE
One beautiful Sunday morning on the 20th day of September 2008, apparently eleven days to the 48th celebration of Nigeria's Independence, I felt greatly pressed to study the word and pray for a while, so I went aside into the prayer room of our local church to be alone; not quite long after I had opened my Bible and started reading, I suddenly felt a great impression upon my heart to write a book on "Getting out of Bondage", so I obeyed the Spirit of God though at that point I didn't have an idea what it was going to be like.
A lot of people today are living on the other side of life, with so much unhappiness; they wonder most times what could be the cause of their misery and the way out of it. The enemy to battle with is not without but within, if only we can look within and deal with ourselves, then we will be free. This book is an expository of man's ways, faults and corrections. Read it to be wise.
Ibrahim Badmus
7th May 2009
Chapter One
Introduction
Liberty
The greatest gift God has ever given man is liberty i.e. the freedom and the right to do whatever he wants without asking for permission or being afraid of authority; we could also say it is the freedom to act or believe without being stopped by unnecessary forces.
Even the scriptures say "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" Galatian5:1. The essence of the death of Christ on the cross is to give us liberty; i.e. for us to be free from darkness and bondage. Man himself loves being free, liberty is the right of every man, God created man to be free and make choices on his own, He (God) never imposes anything on man, it is true that there are commandments but God never made it forceful. "I call heaven and earth to record this day..... choose life that both thou and thy seed may live" Deutoronomy30:19
The word "choose" signifies choice i.e. acting freely. His desire and passion for us is that we might live life beautifully without having to suffer.
When I was much younger it got to a time in my teenage years that I felt I was old enough to take decisions on my own; I never wanted to be ordered around anymore, I didn't always like it when I was being called and given ten commandments of do's and don'ts; I just wanted to be free, though I could have been wrong in my thoughts and actions then. But what I'm trying to make us understand is that everyone wants to be free, Liberty, Liberty, Liberty; everyone is tired of being caged either in a work place or a particular environment; animals are seeking freedom, nations got their independence and are still looking for how to make life better.
October 1 1960 was a wonderful day for Nigeria, on July 4 1776 America claimed her independence from Britain and Democracy was born; 22nd September 1878 Bulgaria got her independence from Ottoman Empire. Can you see? Everybody loves it. When you have liberty you will know, it can be felt, you are unhindered, unstoppable, limitless.
I once had a friend who had a bird he had been keeping in a small cage for a very long time, one morning he wanted to feed the caged bird as he usually did every morning; but on getting to the cage, the bird looked so dull and sluggish in its actions; so my friend thought perhaps the little creature was sick and needed attention; he opened the cage and brought out the poor caged bird, but suddenly the bird shook itself and flew up escaping.
We watched the bird land upon an electric cable high above, spread its wings sideways, chirped aloud, and after sometime it flew away.
My friend and I both looked at ourselves eyeball to eyeball and laughed, though he was disappointed afterwards.
Later that day I considered the actions of that bird,
· It looked very sick and dull because of the limitations. (The bars)
· As soon as it got out of the cage, it took the advantage and flew away.
· When it landed on the wire, it spread the two wings very wide expressing its liberty.
· The little creature gave a shout offering of "Alleluia", I'm free, I'm free, I'm free, Liberty, Liberty, Liberty.
Though my friend got unhappy and disappointed, but the most important lesson I learnt was that the little creature gained liberty that day. Liberty! Every creature is looking for it, and every creature deserves it. Liberty is a God given right to every creature, especially man, Satan knows this and that is why he will do anything to take it away from you with subtlety.
Denial of liberty is a weapon used by the government of any land to punish any offender, for example if anybody breaks or violates the rules and regulations of the society, and if the offence is highly grievous, the judiciary after judging the person by law might decide to punish the person by simply taking the liberty away; and this is done by putting the person behind bars for a period of time.
This means you can't do anything again at your own discretion, you can't drink when you want to, can't eat when and what you want, can't visit your family or loved ones anytime you want, but you are only restricted to a particular set of rules and regulations and most times these rules are not convenient.
A lot of people today are not enjoying that God given liberty, some are not in prison physically but in their minds or spiritually are trapped and are crying day and night for help. God did not make a mistake neither was he cruel when he told Adam of the tree he was to eat and the tree he was not to feed on Genesis2:16-17,
He (God) made Adam realize their importance but never took the tree of good and evil away from the garden. He gave Adam and Eve free will, he related with them as friends, and in every of their discussions you could sense liberty or free will being expressed. I have seen a lot of people who are wealthy but greatly unhappy, married but disappointed, educated but frustrated, highly placed but sorrowful. Many who are even Christians today have been tied down by religious unbiblical rules and are living life miserably.
I know of a man that was always afraid of the dark, anytime night came fear would set in; I have met another person that was always afraid to go to bed because of nightmare. A Lot of people have lost their sense of liberty, they don't understand how to go about life again and have therefore submitted to fate.
God knows what you are going through and wants to help you out; though you and I are separated by miles, but the Holy Spirit is omnipresent.
Your life has been given to you by God, and coupled with that is liberty, and if you are not experiencing it, then something is wrong somewhere which needs to be addressed. I pray this book "Getting out of Bondage" will be used by the Holy Spirit to set us free and help us mend our ways so that we can enjoy life beautifully the way the Almighty God has designed it. You are not supposed to be living in fear, doubt, hatred curses, disappointment, afflictions etc. but live in the will and perfect plan of God; thank God you came across a book like this, and I pray the Holy Spirit will reveal every letter of this book to you more than what is written therein Amen.
Chapter Two
Bondage
The children of Israel can easily explain to you what bondage is, their experience in Egypt was very bitter, life was filled with agony for them as they travailed under the cruel ruler-ship of Pharaoh. Brother Aaron who later became the spokesman of Moses had no idea of how to break loose from the hard task, Joshua was just there, limited and oppressed , Caleb was nowhere to be found , and Miriam also had taken fate or perhaps she thought it would be over one day.
The most interesting thing about bondage is that, some are self imposed while others are forcefully imposed. The children of Israel never liked it, it was a thorn in their flesh, they cried day and night for help that God had to testify to Moses that " I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;" Exodus 3:7.
Imagine being under that condition for four hundred and thirty years. So through their experience we can define bondage as 'A bond that is of age'.
Bond itself according to the dictionary means something that limits your freedom and prevents you from doing what you want. While age means the number of years someone has lived or something has existed. So if we put the two together again we could say bond-age is something that limits your freedom, prevents you from doing what you want and has persisted for many years.
There are some bondages that are long-term and there some that are short-term, depending on the consciousness of the person involved and also how informed the person involved is. There are some set of people in bondage but are ignorant of the fact, or they see nothing wrong with it; there are some bondages we call habits, there are some we refer to as pleasure, for example, smoking and drinking alcohol are called habits or pleasure to some people, but in the real sense they are bondages. We shall talk more on such and many more in the next chapters.
Bondages have attributes, they have patterns of operation, and their characteristics are what we want to explain fully according to the scriptures. We shall first take a case study of the children of Israel in Egypt to explain to us some things about the operations of bondage.
1. Bondage does not respect personality -
Exodus1:7
"And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them."
Anybody can go or be thrown into a state of bondage if care is not properly taken, in the verse of the scripture written above, the children of Israel had grown and had become mighty, not just being mighty, but the Bible says "waxed exceeding mighty", they had become fruitful, increased abundantly and multiplied. There is something I know too well about God, i.e. He (God) doesn't paint unrealistic pictures, when God tells you something, you can put it in the bank. But despite their personality they were still being put under bondage by Pharaoh.
Act12:1-7
1. Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
2. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
4. And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
5. Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
6. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
7. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands."
Peter is another example we need to talk about, this is someone that had been with Christ throughout his ministry, Jesus had used him to wrought miracles, signs and wonders among the people; on the day of Pentecost after the baptism of the Holy Ghost, he preached and about three thousand people believed and were added unto the church; a person that was well respected among his people. But in chapter 12 of the book of acts he was thrown behind bars like a common man, and he gave everything up to fate, instead of praying he was sleeping.
He was put in bondage, and task masters was set over his life, he wasn't praying, nor singing praises like Paul and Silas (Act16:25), but just slept off that the angel had to smite him. Dear reader, bondage does not respect personality, and this means we must all be sober and be watchful (1peter5:8).
A man of God once told us he was a wife beater, and that was his own bondage in which Satan had bound him. And anytime he came to church he would preach wonderfully and souls would be converted to Christ. The wife never told anyone, but had taken it to be part of the ups and downs of marriage. The man of God has a son named Samson who is the youngest among the children, but Samson took after the father in attitude.
When God wanted to expose and deliver the man of God from the bondage of wife beating, he used Samson his son to achieve his aim.
One day some pastor friends came visiting and they were in the sitting room having a meeting. Suddenly Samson started his bullying attitude again with Tracey his immediate elder sister, and in that struggle Samson yelled at Tracey saying "if you don't watch it I will kick you the way Dad kicks Mum", at this utterance the whole apartment became silent, pastors looked at the man of God, looked at the children with great astonishment; the man of God burst into tears and confessed to his colleagues that it was true.
So instead of continuing with the meeting, they called the family together and prayed with them. Imagine the hierarchy, the personality of that man of God, bondage doesn't respect anyone, we are the ones that will be careful and be watchful.
2. Bondage is a thief-
Exodus1:9
"And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
John10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
If you are satisfied with what you have, you will not covet what belongs to someone else or to even think of having it at all to yourself. Pharaoh saw how great the Israelite had become, though he was afraid they could join to other nations and take over their land, but he coveted their wealth, properties etc. So all he had to do was to steal what they used in bringing that wealth to reality; i.e. their time and energy.
Just as we have said earlier that bondage limits a person, and in that limitation, precious time is wasted, a lot of delays will be experienced, and because of my own experience in life I define delay as a loss of time between the starting point and the finishing point.
Peter could have done some other things or won more souls with the time he spent in the prison. The bars limited him, the quaternion of soldiers stood as taskmasters, and seeing all these, he gave up.
When we were much younger we had some friends who believed going to the university was a waste of time, they believed someday luck would just shine on them and they would become millionaires. I didn't believe in that anyway, the Bible even said "study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed but rightly dividing the word of truth. 2Timothy2:15 while they were held bound in their ungodly belief, I was studying to show myself approved unto wealth from God so that I would not bury my head in shame later in life.
Till today they are still waiting for that luck in serious suffering. I pray God will deliver their minds from that kind of bondage. The children of Israel were also supposed to spend four hundred years in Egypt as spoken by God (Genesis15:13), but they ended up spending four hundred and thirty years (Exodus16:2-3).
3 It takes two to conspire to put one in bondage. e.g. 'Taskmaster and probably you'-
"Come on, let us deal wisely with them…" Exodus1:10
It takes two or more people to conspire; the word conspiracy means a secret plan by two or more people to do something that is harmful and illegal. Pharaoh called his subject and said "come let us", God called the host of heaven and said "Let us make man in our image"Genesis1:2, though that was not evil. Before anything good or evil can be done or take place, there has to be an agreement either in the evil kingdom or Godly kingdom.
Although Pharaoh planned with his subjects to put them in bondage, it is also possible to make an agreement with a person to put him or her in bondage. And this is what I earlier called self imposed bondage, a person that got himself involved in marijuana is a self imposed bondage, drinking alcohol is a self imposed bondage, fornication and adultery are self imposed bondages. Etc
Proverbs1:10-16
"10. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
11. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
12. Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13. We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
14. Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
15. My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
16. For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
The Bible also says "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Proverbs20:1
There are many people today that are in bondage to drugs, alcohol etc because they consented to the offer, they had the right to say no, the power to reject the evil arrangement was in them, but they just could not and found themselves in it, and today are serious drunkards; they promised themselves several times never to take it again, made new year resolutions, but could not just stop. They kept on doing it.
Before you find yourself in any bondage or mess, Satan would have made an introduction to you just like he made to Jesus, showing him all the glory of the world promising to give him all if he could bow to him.Mathew4:8-9. I pray you will be able to say "Get thee hence, Satan for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve; as Jesus said in Mathew4:10.
There was this terrible experience I had in my university days, a friend of mine walked up to me and asked me to please make love to her claiming she loved me so much; I felt so much embarrassed and disgusted at the request. What the devil tried doing was to seek my consent to put me in bondage, thank God I was able to say no. If had consented I would have been thrown into the bondage of fornication, and that could have eventually ruined my life and ministry, and perhaps I would not be writing this book today. Remember when folks come to you luring you into ungodly attitude; just say "Get thee behind me Satan".
4. Bondage brings bitterness of heart-
Exodus 1:14
"And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in
all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigor."
No matter how strong you might be, when you fall into the state of bondage you will be unhappy, or if we have to rightly put it, one will be thrown into the state of bitterness. The word bitterness came from the word bitter, which means full of anger, jealousy and unhappy feelings because you think you have been badly treated or that unfair things have happened to you. The children of Israel were scourged, molested, afflicted for no just cause, and because of this they were constantly unhappy.
The cruel Egyptians didn't care if they lived or not, what they cared about was their daily portion of work being accomplished. What can bring bitterness to a man than to watch his son being thrown into a river to feed the crocodiles and fishes? Exodus1:22
Ooh! What a sorry sight it was on that bitter day, In Ramah was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. Mathew2:18. I have seen a woman lost her baby, she wept and could not be comforted, she cried and stripped herself naked, and her nakedness did not matter to her anymore, but wept on and on.
My brother and I grew up without our mother, so our step mother raised us up; we noticed that there was nothing we did that was ever right before her, and for every little mistake she would spank us as if we had robbed a bank. With these actions of hers we hated her like hell; sometimes I wished she was dead. And so for twenty years we lived under this torment; and this made me to always nag at every little issue. Even when I became a Christian I still had that bitterness in me, and after I got married, I still nagged over little issues with my wife and would make her unhappy. One day it dawned on me that the bitterness of yesteryears was still in me, so prayerfully my wife and I started dealing with it, and thank God I'm much better. Bondage doesn't respect any man, try as much as possible to stay out of it.
5. Bondage determine what a man does-
Luke13:10-13
"10. And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
11. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was
bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art
loosed from thine infirmity.
13. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified
God."
The scriptures above spoke about a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years which also made her bent; she could not raise her head in anyway. She was forced to be humble not by God but by an unclean spirit that held her in bondage. It was not even her that ran or called Jesus just as blind Bartimeaus did (Mark10:46-47), she could not see anything good passing because she was bent, her two eye balls were always faced down, it was Jesus that saw her and called for her, spoke into her life, laid hands upon her and that was the end of her bondage.
She could not determine what she wanted to see, the bondage of infirmity in her dictated to her what she was supposed to see. She could not look up to God in prayer again, the Bible says "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up." Psalm5:3, all she did was to go about sorrowful and bent.
I want us to consider another character in the scriptures:-
John5:1-6
1. After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
3. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
5. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
6. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case , he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
This is also the story of a man who had an infirmity for thirty eight years and was lying down waiting for the moving of the water at the pool of Bethesda (House of mercy) to be healed of his infirmity. He could not move effectively by himself, he had to be taken to the toilet, bathroom etc. Any time the angel came to move the water; someone else would quickly get into the troubled water and his miracle would be transferred. He was in bondage, and that bondage determined his movement; and due to the fact that the man lay down, he could not see Jesus passing by, and perhaps his heart was filled with sorrow because he had missed the miracle that year.




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