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Release From Your Prisons

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Release From Your Prisons
It is the absolute will of God for every person to be
released from every prison or fetter which encases and
binds. John 8 pointedly states God’s will.


John 8:31, 32 and 36:
. . .If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples
indeed;
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make
you free.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall
be free indeed.


These three short verses contain the key to release:
we must believe the Word of God which is truth and
then we must know the Son who is the Way, the Truth
and the Life. In following God’s Word and in knowing
His Son, we will not only be free, but we shall be free
indeed.


God’s will is for every one of us to be released today
from whatever prison is holding us. Prisons are not only
made of bars of steel. The prisons of our secret sins,
things in our lives which we don’t want to share with
any other person in the world, are the most frustrating
and defeating. The thoughts of self-condemnation that
have been gnawing in the back of one’s conscious and
subconscious mind for years and years—thoughts of sickness
and disease, fear, worry, anxiety, suicide, death—
are the most tormenting and wretched kinds of prisons.
It is not God’s will for us to be so mentally bound; God’s
will is just the opposite as He has given total release from
all negatives.


Psalms 103:11, 12:
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great
is his mercy toward them that fear [respect] him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he
removed our transgressions from us.


It is the will of God that all self-condemnation be
gone because He wants to make us free indeed—not
just half-free, but wholly-free persons.


Not only does God want us free of all the secret condemnation,
but He wants us to be free from all the powers
of darkness in this world. He desires that we be free
from resentments, from pride, from envyings, from jealousies,
from obsessions and oppressions which have been
eating away at us. He wants us to be released from
these prisons, too.

Mankind has lived in the midst of evil ever since the
devil received the power of this world.* Man has brought
upon himself the evil with which he is surrounded. But,
God so lovingly provided a way by which men might
recognize and receive a greater and more wonderful
power than they have ever known, that those who will
to believe might be released from every prison enslaving
their lives.


In Matthew 15:13 Jesus said, “Every plant, which my
heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.”
Every influence which is not based upon the accuracy
of God’s Word shall come to naught. Such influences
lead only to imprisonment.
* Luke 4:6: “And the devil said unto him, All this power will I
give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and
to whomsoever I will I give it.”


Hebrews 4:2:
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as
unto them: but the word preached did not profit
them, not being mixed with faith [believing] in them
that heard it.


We must not only hear that Christ sets us free, we
must believe and live accordingly.


A camera offers an appropriate analogy of the means
by which you can get results to prayer and find release
from your prisons. If you want an answer to prayer,
first get your object in mind. You select what you want
in your picture. This is step one: you’re clear on what
you want. Secondly, you use the range finder and focus
the subject properly. Then consider the length of exposure
of the picture so that all factors may work together
for a perfect picture. After all of this, shoot the picture.


When you are focused on the picture of what you
want, keep your mind stayed on it. If you allow something
else to come in and take precedence over that
picture you will get a blurred answer to prayer; you will
not get the results you desire; you will not get release
from the prison which is encasing you.*


If you want to get rid of something today, you must
focus, dwell on what you want. It is the introduction of
light that dispels darkness, not the dwelling on the darkness
that introduces light. lf you want more business,
better relations between employer and employee or a
better job, get your desire in mind, focus on it and then
determine the exposure time needed to accomplish the
task.


* James 1:6, 7: “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he
that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and
tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of
the Lord.”

If you want to get out of your prisons today, immediately
change your thinking about your situation; change
your subject of focus. As you change your thinking, you
will draw a mental patterns for the things you do want
in your life, which in turn will dispel and root out those
things you do not want. You may say, “Well, that is not
an easy thing to do, but I am going to try it. With God’s
help according to His Word, I am going to get out of
this prison.” However, if within half an hour you have
forgotten to keep your thinking changed and you fall
back into your old negative rut, you will be back living
the same way you were before. Then don’t wonder why
you can’t get an answer to prayer, why you cannot tap
these resources, why the answer is not flowing as easily
for you as it is for others, why you cannot have your
release. The answer is that you only momentarily changed
your mental image; you did not keep your picture in
focus and allow proper exposure time.


The release from one’s prisons depends upon two
things: clearness and concern—the two “C’s” of release.
Get clear on what is wanted and then become concerned
about receiving it. Get God’s Word of deliverance and
release into your mind and into your heart; eat it, drink
it, sleep it and walk with it. Every time you take a step
or every time you think about your situation or condition,
thank God that the answer and your release is
coming. Soon the negatives drop off and the positives
become yours, the result of which is release from any
prison you are in. It can be done; it will be done for as
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me.”


How have you mentally pictured yourself for the past
week, month, year, ten years? The picture that you carry
of yourself with clearness and with concern is what you
are. This law works for positive and negative thinking
alike.

Most people believe that in order to gain the spiritual
heights in life where they can tap the resources of God,
it is necessary to strain and strive and struggle. They
think that gaining spiritual results is like an air hammer
—the harder one presses the hammer, the quicker he
gets the job done. However, this is not the case. When
we have stress and strain, we tie ourselves into knots.
We will never get out of our prisons that way; just the
opposite occurs—we bring more and more frustration
to ourselves. It is not stress and strain, but believing
and acting on The Word that bring release.


James 1:21:
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of
naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted
word, which is able to save your souls.


To “lay apart” means to “put off.” We are to put off
filthiness, the works of evil from the least to the worst
form, and subjectively receive God’s Word in the sense
that we look to it and desire it because His Word is
greater than we are. The “engrafted word” is the total
implanted Word of God which He planted so close to
us that we can absorb it until it becomes a part of us.
If we keep our minds renewed on God’s Word, the
love of God is perfected in our minds, and thus we give
no opportunity to the flesh to hate (dislike) or slight a
brother in Christ.


I John 2:11 says, “But he that hateth his brother is
in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not
whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his
eyes.” Absolute hate is possible only when someone is
born of the seed of the devil, just as the agapē kind of
love is possible only when a person is born of God’s
seed. The word “hate” may mean either “dislike” or “dislike
issuing in the absolute hate of the devil.”

In I John 2:11 “hate” is speaking of born-again believers hating,
disliking, a brother.


He who slights or hates (dislikes) his brother has
not renewed his mind on God’s Word and is walking
in darkness. Anyone walking in darkness just wanders
aimlessly, not knowing where he is going. The Telegu
translation of Proverbs 29:18 reads: “Where there is no
knowledge of God the people wander aimlessly.”
I do not care who you are or in what prison you may
be, God will hear your prayer. Change yourself by changing
your thinking patterns, and then the circumstances
will change. Study God’s Word and you will learn to
know the Christ who has made you free. “If the Son
therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
Outside of Christ we cannot be free. Jesus Christ was the
liberator who set us free. He is the head of the Church.
The truth of The Word and of Christ is our light and
power in life; this is our release from fears, worries,
anxieties, frustrations, heartaches, headaches and everything
else that comes along. This is our means to get
out of the negative prisons of self-enslavement into the
glorious liberty of children of God.


When you find yourself in one of life’s prisons, get a
positive, clear picture of your freed self. Focus in on the
positive image and thank God that right now you have
the answer. Keep confessing and believing positively
according to The Word, and your release will absolutely
follow.