There is a road to freedom if you want to be set free. Whether you need to be set free from a bondage that has suddenly come to your life or from a life long habit, you can be set free. Everything depends on, do you really want to be free. This doesn’t mean that you have to have a lot of special willpower or strength to free yourself. This means that if you simply want to be set free, Jesus can set you free.
Jesus asked the man who had been sick for a very long time at the pool of Bethesda, did he want to be made whole. You may think that of course he wanted to be healed, who in their right mind would wants to be sick. But not everyone wants to be set free. Freedom brings responsibility. Being bound is many times a defence people lean on. They have built their identity around the thought that they have a bondage or they are sick. They may even get a lot of attention in the prayer lines from other Christians because of this. They don’t know who they would be if they would be free.
To be free is a leap of faith into a whole different style of living. Strong and victorious Christianity may seem strange and scary to some people, because Christianity is usually seen as weak and ineffective. People rather go to counselling and stay sick than learn how to fight spiritually themselves and stand firm against the attacks of the enemy or change the attitude from a victim to a person who helps and lifts up others.
To be set free you must also be willing to encounter the truth. I have prayed hundreds of people. There were two types of people who came to the counselling. Others were set free and others were not. Those who came to the counselling blaming everything on other people, they were never changed. They pointed to other people as the source of their problems, and still to this day those people are bound spiritually and emotionally. Those, on the other hand, who came and pointed their finger to their own heart, were set free. They realized that although the circumstances were bad and people treated them wrong, the real answer was found in their own heart. They recognized that real freedom starts from change within, not from change outside. They wanted really to be free and chose the road of inner change. And those are the people who were set free.
Who wants to be set free is ready to do what it takes to be set free. Jesus said to the lame man:” Get up, pick up your bed and walk.” He didn’t ask him to tell, how he had been treated badly and despised by everyone around the pool. Jesus asked him to take his bed and stand up. The people around him didn’t have to change their thoughts about him or their actions towards him and still he could be set free. Jesus is still in the business of freeing people from all of their bondages. He only wants to know: Do you want to be healed?