What are the three links in the chain of bondage?

There are three links in the chain

Let’s take a closer look at the chain which binds us and makes us slaves to our old nature. This chain keeps us tied to unhealthy emotions so I call it The Chain of Emotional Bondage. There are 3 giant links in this chain that must be broken if one is to come to emotional freedom.

The three links are:
-physical illnesses of thought control (chemical imbalances),
-the harassment of Satan (demonization)
-personality injury (woundedness).

Physical illnesses of thought control refer to the medical conditions doctors refer to as “mood and psychotic disorders.” The most common disorders or “chemical imbalances” are Depression, Manic Depression and Schizophrenia. In these conditions, one loses the ability to control one’s thoughts due to brain chemistry deficiencies. These conditions require medical treatment and divine healing.

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Demonization refers to the specific harassment of an individual by demonic forces. This can be experienced in a very general or in a very specific way depending on the degree of bondage a person is in.

Woundedness refers to every negative or damaging experience in a person’s life that has hurt them and left a scar on their personality which restricts their emotional freedom.

In the secular world, the treatment of emotional bondage is primarily with the use of medications to improve thought control and “cognitive therapy” which helps a person adjust his way of thinking to avoid painful and disturbing thought patterns. This method certainly helps a significant number of people.

In the Christian world, we have access to God’s supernatural power to break us free of emotional bondage as well as the methods available to the general public. One would then think that our success rate in emotional recovery should be much higher than in the secular world. Sadly, it has been my observation that it is not the case. It’s because the Church has misunderstood the treatment of emotional bondage.

This article is excerpted from “Emotionally Free” by Dr. Grant Mullen

Body soul and spirit Q & A

  1. Are emotions important? I wish they would just go away!
  2. What happens to the 3 parts of Man at salvation?
  3. How can we have baggage after salvation?
  4. What are the 3 links in the chain of emotional bondage?
  5. How has the church misunderstood emotional bondage?

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Mirabel Imumolen
November 26, 2010
10:01 am

Emotions are very important and God almighty cares about our emotions as stated in isaiah 61vs1-3. Most times, christians feel that Jesus christ did not mean His word when he said….’ He has sent me to heal the broken hearted…’

Dr. Grant Mullen
November 26, 2010
10:30 am

Yes Mirabel. God gave us emotions and he has given us the tools to have healthy emotions. We need to get the word out that our emotions can be healed.

Oscar Marin
April 21, 2012
2:37 am

Why won’t God just heal us when we convert? Why do we need medical help if God is all-powerful and all-knowing?

Dr. Grant Mullen
April 21, 2012
4:48 am

That’s a good question Oscar. We don’t have an answer to that. But we have his promise to be with us in all circumstances.

Carol LeBlanc
June 6, 2012
1:17 pm

I just have to comment on Oscar’s statement above – God many times does completely heal, set free, totally change, someone at conversion and Jesus healed anyone who came to him – not everyone thanked him, but that did not deter jesus from his mission of revealing the heart of God to us – and that is that we be free. We just have to keep on believing like the woman in Luke 17 who would not give up. Remember that Satan not only accuses us before God, but he also accuses God before us, suggesting that God will not come through for us or that He is making an exception this time. I certainly do not have Oscar’s specific solution, however, I do know that God is the same yesterday, today and always and the more I get to know Him the more I respect Him and want to be close to Him.

Carol LeBlanc
June 6, 2012
1:19 pm

Emotions give passion to our decisions, so that is why we have to give them to God so He can make sure they are healthy.

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