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Get Out and Stay Out (4 of 4)
Series: Prison Break
Isaiah 61:1 "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound."
Statistics on Prisoners who return to Prison
53% male and 39% female.
Why would anyone want to go back into a prison cell where they are confined and bound? Unfortunately, the same is true for many Christians, who get gloriously delivered from their bondages but then find some kind of comfort in going back into that environment.
Here is my advice to you:
Get out and stay out.
Get free and stay free.
1) ADAPT TO THE NEW ENVIRONMENT
The problem is that their life behind bars, although it may not be the safest place to live is still predictable. There are set schedules and set times for dinner and lights out. This may bring a comfort to the inmate who may have difficulty adapting to the environment outside the prison cell.
We can learn from the story of the Children of Israel coming out of Egypt and on their journey to the Promised Land. They began to complain against Moses their leader:
Numbers 14:1 So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, "If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?"
How many know that one of the problems that ex-prisoners is have is getting used to a new environment? You can't expect to stay out of prison if you put yourself right back into the same environment that got you in trouble in the first place! Realize t ...
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