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The Quest to Freedom

Having many loved ones in my life who struggle with addiction has encouraged me to apply myself to understand how to achieve freedom from the Great House of Bondage. The king of Egypt was called Pharaoh, and Pharaoh translates into Great House. The Israelites became slaves in this Great House. 

God created humans to inhabit His Spirit, making us little dwellings on earth. The Great House is the Kingdom of Man that opposes the Kingdom or House of God. Every kingdom has subjects, and in man’s kingdom, the subjects are humans filled with darkness that manifests chaos. On the other hand, in the House of God, the light of the Ruach HaKodesh dwells inside the subjects, manifesting love, peace, joy, goodness, faithfulness, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. We become enslaved people or servants when we consistently obey one of our internal voices- the Voice of the Spirit or the Flesh or earthly nature. 

Hollisa Alewine, author of The Creation Gospel, uncovered similarities between the seven Spirits before the throne in Revelation and the seven abominations in Proverbs 6. The number seven is symbolic of something complete or whole. The fact that there are seven positive and negative manifestations of our internal atmosphere tells me our dwellings can be completely holy or unclean. 

Revelation 1:4: John, To Messiah’s seven communities in Asia: Grace to you and shalom from Him who is and who was and who is to come, as well as from the seven spirits who are before His throne.

Isaiah 11:2: The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 6:16-19: These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.

Someone struggling with addiction, regardless of the type, is essentially lawless. They are emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually lawless, lacking internal order or discipline. As a result, negative thoughts dominate this person’s mind. Emotions drive their behaviors. They spend most of their days feeding their insatiable flesh, as the Greek writings refer to the earthly nature. Eventually, their earthly nature takes control over their spiritual nature. When the earth reigns over the spirit of a human, they become deceitful, divisive, and constantly devise wicked plans.

We have to understand and remind ourselves often that sometimes we are born into chaos. Whether it is mental health issues, addiction, or abuse that affected our family environment, the chaos did not come from us. Often, we must learn how to navigate it without perpetuating it.   

The story of Passover is a central theme in the Bible. It narrates how God freed humanity from bondage and led them to freedom. It is a tale of restoring order so that the light of life can heal and emanate from us as God intended. The Creator desires for each of us to be whole so that we can spread wholeness. Conversely, brokenness leads to more brokenness. 

Every step of faith and healing requires personal engagement and accountability. You have to do the work, which is never easy but always worth it. The Bible contains promises that express God’s faithfulness to show up whenever someone asks Him for help. Help may come in different ways, and sometimes, it is only in retrospect that we can see His hand in our lives.

Exodus 3:7: The Lord said, “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.

Psalm 22:4-5: Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them. They cried to You and were delivered; They trusted in You and were not ashamed.

Joel 2:32: And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and Jerusalem, there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls.

If you are a subject of the Great House, you are a slave to harmful habits, thoughts, words, and behaviors that lead to death. There are many types of death: death to trust, relationships, and of course, a physical death. Once the nefesh or flesh rules over us, taking back our power is challenging. I see Yeshua as the Strongman mentioned in the Bible, meaning His Spirit floods us and overcomes our earthly nature. He reveals our false trust in wealth, power, strength, or abilities and asks us to trust Him. 

Luke 11:21-22: When a strong one, fully armed, protects his own estate, his possessions are safe. But as soon as someone stronger than he attacks and overpowers him, then he takes away the armor that he had trusted in and divides up his plunder.

It has always been the Divine plan for humanity to live in freedom. Yeshua means salvation. Salvation from what? Fear, shame, addiction, hatred, anger, self-loathing, pain, anxiety, and lust to name a few. There is nothing too dark, strong, or hard for Him. His arm is not too short to save, nor is His ear deaf so that He cannot hear your prayers (Is 59:1). 

Psalm 109:21: But You, O God the Lord, deal with me for Your name’s sake; Because Your mercy is good, deliver me.

Psalm 32:7: You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

As we approach Passover or Pesach, we will uncover more steps in Israel’s journey of becoming a new humanity. This journey culminates at Shavuot, at which point God gave the mixed multitude His Divine Wisdom or instructions that bring order out of chaos. May you feel the pull of His love as we enter the season of redemption.

Brianna Lehmann

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