By Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr.
Freedom is a concept people of all generations hold dear. Without freedom the human spirit itself appears shackled, robbing man of peace, happiness and wellbeing.
For the cause of freedom, millions in this life have fought and shed their blood. But so far man has sought for freedom that is temporary and superficial. True freedom, if it’s to be obtained, must be born of the Spirit, for the origins of the human plight lie in the spiritual.
Our Three Enemies
Every human being has three enemies clearly identified in the scriptures.
- Satan (John 10:10; 1 Pet. 5:8; Rev. 12:12).
- The World (1 John 2:15-17, 5:19; Eph. 2:2; Jam. 4:4; Rev. 12:9)
- The Flesh (Rom. 7:14, 18, 8:8, 13; 1Cor. 9:27; Lk. 14:26).
To be free and secure in our salvation received through Christ, each of these three enemies must be confronted, resisted and conquered. Left unchecked, they function as cruel slave masters in the life of every individual, being deadly enemies of the human soul.
Mankind as a whole was sold under sin in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate the ‘forbidden fruit’ in obedience to Satan (Gen. 3; Rom. 7:14). Like the tree of good and evil man partook against God’s will and warning, man, originally created good like God (Gen. 1:27, 31; Deut. 32:4), came to embody two contrasting natures: Good and Evil, representing Satan, who knowing good had then corrupted his way (Ezek. 28:15).
But to do good man, now under the control of Satan (Eph. 2:2-3), was powerless to do but only “evil continually” (Gen. 6:5; Rom. 7:19). The situation is dire! For the carnal person, the will to do good is present with him/her, but how to perform that which is good, he/she is incapable (vs 18). It’s a life of slavery. Please download the rest of the sermon in PDF or Word