Spiritual Disentanglement: Galation 5:1
Recently, a trending video of a celebrity couple airing their marital infidelity to the world made fashionable the word ‘entanglement” to describe the nature of the unholy union outside of their marriage. Entanglement suggests a state of being tied up to the point where extricating from that situation demands effort on the part of the entangled to bring about disentanglement. Today I will reflect on disentangling the human spirit from the web of entanglement pervading this world.
Galation 5:1 admonishes us:
‘Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”
Have we become entangled in the rhetoric and glamour of the technocractic age that now drives human activities? The bondage or slavery of our times is not just of a physical nature but a spiritual entanglement. The more technology driven we become, the more worldly and empty we become as people. As spiritual beings we have traded our spirit, our minds and souls to the enticement of loftiness, shiny objects and bright lights. The sanctity of life and being a good neighbour have become uncool and questionable.
The scripture reminds us that if we resist the devil he will flee. Satan needs permission from God to attack us as it was when Satan sought to accuse Job. How prepared are we to disentangle from the technological bondage that has ensnared this generation? Can humans strike a healthy balance between technology and their spiritual liberty? We see the encroachment on our spiritual health just by switching on our television screen to be fed diets of fear, distrust towards each other, mayhem in the streets with anger and screams across nations.
In Psalm 106:29 we hear what happens when we give way to inventions and practices that go against the spirit that was placed inside of us. It reads:
“Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions:and the plague brake in upon them.”
Verse 39 states thus:
“Thus were they defiled with their own works and went a whoring with their own inventions.”
Removing ourselves from the spiritual union with our creator to cleave unto inventions that gradually put yoke of control on our thoughts and behaviours will separate us from who we are as spiritual beings and from unity with God’s spirit.
Verse 40-41 state:
“Therefore was the wrath of God kindled against his people, in so much that he abhorred his own inheritance. And he gave them into the hand of heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.”
These words are so reflective of and applicable across many nations today. But there is hope. The scripture tells us to humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways to hear from heaven and heal the land. This promise is still true today.
Disentangling from Yokes of Entanglement.
According to Genesis, Satan used a fruit to entice naive mankind in the garden. He appealed to the ego or spirit of pride to entrap Adam and Eve into disobedience. Today, the advancement of science through technology has allowed mankind to push many moral boundaries that infuriated God in similar accounts of his relationship with mankind in the Old Testament. How can we release ourselves from yokes of bondage as individuals during our daily journey? With the internetting of things, singularity and human enhancement projects being glamorized and pushed behind the scene without dialogue or transparency given or sought, how much can ordinary people extricate themselves without divine help? It is clear that most of these projects and inventions are not here to liberate the minds and will of people. The data caching and brain mapping over the past couple of years !eave imprint of a hostile take over of someone else’s masterpiece. This earth is God’s heart; his masterpiece. Any tweaking or take over is illegal and theft of property. Satan has a legalistic mind and knows he or his host of demons cannot interfere without legal grounds.
There seems to have been legal grounds given to evil forces in many areas of our lives. Policies signed on behalf of the masses may have opened unintended doors used for evil encroachment on this planet. It is up to each individual to reclaim his or her liberty as redeemed through Christ. Friends, fasting and supplications through fervent prayers can untangle and remove our mountains.
How many of us can on our own volition turn off our phones and other gadgets for a week and have personal interactions with people instead? How many would remove our personal information, photographs especially of our children or even delete Facebook or other social media presence and still function socially without unease? How many would permanently disconnect the television from our living room? As horrifying and ridiculous as these suggestions may sound, these might well be some drastic steps to take as part of the spiritual disentanglement process needed to make technology our servant and not masters of our thoughts and lives.
Real liberty should reflect levels of autonomy, self determination and an ability to grow in spirit and truth. Being fed by technology and technological decisions is not always compatible to the human experience. Without the Holy Spirit within us we cannot reconcile unto God enough to break all new age chains attaching themselves to human lives and suppressing our spirits. We are spirits made in the likeness of God, a spiritual being. Our bodies keep us earth bound and house our spirit. Technology has a vibrational energy that counters the spiritual makeup of humans. Science itself only accounts for the flesh or what the five senses can experience. It has no concern for spiritual matters and is therefore not embracing our humanity. Why then do we get preoccupied with a technological makeover of the ultimate human experience?
In Deuteronomy 29:48 God warns the Israelites that their enemy will put a ‘yoke of iron’ on them if they failed to live in righteousness. Corinthian 13:5 asks:
“Have we brought the yoke of iron upon ourselves?”
What yoke are we dragging along with us to weigh down and entangle our spirits. What portals have we unknowingly opened through technology? In first Corinthian 10: 13 God says he would never give us a trial more than we can handle. It is therefore up to us to recognize the entanglements to our spirit, mind and soul and start the dismantling of strongholds through the guidance of our creator who made us in his image and favour. The Holy Spirit is our guide and will give us the discernment necessary to win this battle.
Have a blessed day with fear under your feet.