Saturday, October 15, 2016

Thoughts on The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson [book notes]

This is a hard book, it deals with the devil and the lies that we have believed about ourselves that have no Biblical basis. The subtitle is "Overcoming: negative thoughts, irrational feelings, and habitual sins" after all.

I found the most apt metaphor for the Christian life in this book. "Imagine that you are standing at one end of the street and at the other end is Christ. Your Christian life is the process of walking down the street of maturity to Him. There is nothing on the street blocking the way. So, when you receive Christ, you fix your eyes on Him and start walking." But since the world still belongs to Satan, the houses on the side of the road will do everything to get your attention through temptation and accusations.

They will try to say that they have something better than the boring walk to God. "The enemy's goal is to have his demons jeer you, taunt you, lure you, and question you from the windows to make you slow down, stop, and give up your journey towards Christ."

"You're standing in the middle of the street shouting back at them when you should be marching forward. We are not to believe evil spirits, nor are we to dialogue with them. You're equipped with the armor of God, they can't touch you unless you let them. With every arrow of temptation, accusation, or deception they shoot at you, simply raise the shield of faith, deflect the attack, and WALK ON."

The greatest message of this book that affected me was that negative self-talk and low self-esteem is also a lie. We struggle with inferiority and worthlessness, deprecating ourselves with 'I'm not important, good, or qualified'. That is false, because according to Christ we ARE important, qualified, and good. There is nothing in the world that will change our position in Christ and our worth to God. It may only be the devil saying that we are useless to God and others. What you think as the voice in your head of your inner critic may only be Satan? We so easily believe our negative perceptions of ourselves when we have been made new when we accepted Christ.

We are not failures, as we are now children of God and we should act and think like it.

"Your eternal destiny is not in danger, you are secure in Christ. But your daily victory in Him will be tenuous at best if you fail to do your part in laying hold of your freedom!" I've realized that it doesn't stop when you accepted Christ, but you must also do your part in trying your best to grow in him. And you must do it day after day, like a mustard seed that grew into a sturdy tree that will not topple over at the slightest storm. But we are blessed by God and through faith, we will be able to do it.

I would also like to share the Bible verses in the book reminding us of who we are in Christ (can be downloaded from here). It is good to reread it in hard times to remind ourselves that we are not as bas as we think we are, that Christ will always be there as our constant refuge:

Ephesians
  • I am God’s workmanship – His handiwork – born anew in Christ to do His work (2:10).
  • I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s Family (2:19).
  • I am a prisoner of Christ (3:1; 4:1).
  • I am righteous and holy (4:24).
John
  • I am a child of God (1:12).
  • I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life (15:1, 5).
  • I am Christ’s friend (15:15).
  • I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit (15:16).
I Peter

  • I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (2:5).
  • I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession (2:9, 10).

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