“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15)
Certain spirits hamper the growth of the children of God, like a yoke on the neck and keep them in bondage. How greatly we would sympathise, if a vulture which flies magnificently in the high sky, is locked in a big cage! It makes us very sad to see the vulture which might have come down to the earth in search of something is caught in the trap and is put behind the bars.
Similarly, satan has kept many in bondage. Once seeing the beauty of Rachel, forefather Jacob stooped down to the level of a slave, to enjoy it. He voluntarily made his neck to bear the yoke and told that he was prepared to work like a slave for seven years for the sake of Rachel. Laban took this as a great opportunity and gave him Rachel and Leah also. He also gave his flocks of sheep for Jacob to herd. Jacob was caught in the bondage of Laban for a period of twenty years.
Some people join others in the evil habit of drinking in order to please them and they themselves justify this by saying ‘what is there if I drink a little, what is there if I spend a little time happily with my friends’ and so on. But they are not aware that an evil spirit is behind the alcohol and it leads them to bondage. Let it be smoking or drinking or resorting to prostitution or let it be any such evil activity, a spirit of slavery is waiting there to lead to bondage. The Scripture says, “….whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever” (John 8:34, 35).
When one thinks that he could indulge in revelry as it is a small sin, it gradually makes one enslavened to that habit. Satan stands behind every sin and enslaves man. Like this, many people become slaves to cannabis, weeds and other drugs.
There was a man near my house and he was so crazy about horse racing. Every now and then, some horses may win and he may receive some money too. Satan continued to tempt him with this and after some time he lost everything including his job, income, home and finally he stood on the road helplessly with his children. Slavery is sorrowful.
The family of Jacob migrated to Egypt with the hope that food grains will be available there. They were happy until Jacob was in the prime position. But later, when they wished to move to Canaan, they had to toil in the bondage of Egypt for four hundred years.
To meditate: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage” (Exodus 20:2).