Petal Barclay-Smith Ministries


Setting The Captives Free

By PBS Ministries

(1 John 2:15-17)

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Living a worldly life opens the door for the devil to secure a stronghold in our lives that impregnates us with hopelessness. This hopelessness holds us back from walking in the victory that Jesus won on the cross for us at Calvary.

There are three ways in which the devil tries to keep us bond:

1.     The lust of the flesh

2.     The lust of the eyes

3.     The pride of life.

Fleshy lust wars against the soul. The Book of Galatians, Chapter 5, verses 19-20 tell us that the work of the flesh are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, drunkedness, revellings and such like. To inherit the Kingdom of God, we must turn our back on sin which so easily separates us from the love of God. Our body is the temple of God and we are warned against defiling the temple of God for this leads to destruction. The Bible tells us we cannot serve two masters. We cannot sin against God and expect to receive the blessings of God. For God is a Holy and righteous God and He expects us to live Holy lives by fleeing from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against his own body, and the wages of sin is death. If we walk by the Spirit, we will not gratify things of the flesh. As we put to death the world in us, and do the will of God, we will live forever.              



The bondage of the “lust of the eye” can lead to lust of the flesh. We see in second Samuel 11, when David looked upon Bathsheba with lust in his eyes, it eventually became lust of the flesh. One sin leads to another.  God commands us  not to love the world, neither the things of the world for the love of the Father will not be in us. The Gospel according to Mark Chapter 9 verse 47 tells us if our  eye causes us to stumble, we should pluck it out, for it is better to enter the Kingdom of God with one eye  than to have two eyes  and be thrown into hell. The choice is yours. When Eve saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, she took some and ate and also gave to her husband to eat. They sinned against God and faced serious consequences. In the world today, our eyes are delighted with riches and rich possessions which lead to covetousness or greed. The Lord admonishes us against craving or earnestly desiring what belongs to another, for life does not consist in the abundance of possessions. The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 13, verse 5 reminds us to keep our lives free from the love of money and be content with what we have, for God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Jesus said I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly. The world’s way will always lead to destruction.



The destructive weapon of the “pride of life” or self-righteousness is a sin.  The Book of Proverbs, Chapter 8, verse 13 reminds us that God hates pride and arrogance . A proud person is narrow minded and destruction will always be ahead of him. Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. The greatest enemy to one’s soul is a proud spirit which makes man look to himself for salvation. Pride is being arrogant, pride is being blind to the truth, and pride is being merciless. Jesus told the parable of two men that went up to the temple to pray. One a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ Because the tax collector was humble, God exalted him and he went home justified. Many today are just like this Pharisee, very arrogant, self-righteous and boastful. God’s warns that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisee and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of heaven.


When we are held captives by “the lust of the eye”, “the lust of the flesh”, and “the pride of life”, our only weapon to overcome the bondage is the uncompromising Word of God, which is mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. And as we hold up the shield of faith, we extinguish the flaming spiritual arrows the devil sends against us. God wants to set us free from spiritual bondage and barriers that hold us back from walking in the victory that Jesus won on the cross for us at Calvary. That is the reason He gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. 

I encourage us not to be confirmed to the ways of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind, by reading the Word of God, that we may prove what is that good and perfect will of God. Jesus said, come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.


One comment on “Setting The Captives Free

  1. cheryl
    August 7, 2013

    I enjoy reading your article keep up the good work

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