”I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.” –Leviticus 26:13 NIV
You know the saying, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl”? Well that is how we often look to Him when we keep holding on to things He’s trying to remove from us. The prime example of this is the children of Israel when they were in the desert after being rescued from the hand of Egypt.
“The Israelites were constantly looking back to Egypt where they lived as slaves—but Moses, who lived as royalty in Egypt, never looked back and longed for the days of old. Why? He had encountered God’s presence and discovered that nothing this world had to offer could compare. When we truly encounter God, we are ruined for lesser pleasures, for our hearts find what they were truly made for.” John Bevere
God had shown up and sent Moses to them in order to lead them out of Egypt. They had been enslaved for hundreds of years and at this point slavery is all they knew. They had heard stories of their ancestors and how they lived. They had heard of the God that walked with their forefathers, but had not experienced Him for themselves. Once they were brought out they became impatient when they realized they weren’t living the life they were used to and didn’t have access to the amenities of Egypt. They felt like they had been brought out to the desert to die. They were guilty of trying to recreate their Egyptian lifestyle in the desert. Because of their unbelief and disobedience they were punished with wandering the desert for 40 years, until that generation died off. God took the Israelites out of Egypt, but it took a long time for Him to take Egypt out of them.
God could not allow them to enter in the Promised Land with their beliefs and baggage they brought out of Egypt. They physically left that country, but spiritually they brought it with them. They needed to adjust to a new way of thinking, living, and speaking before they could overtake a new land.
Therefore, if anyone in Christ, a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
We are the same way. We want freedom, but on our terms. We try to walk into our promise but we are still bound by behaviors and lifestyles we had while we were in captivity. Most of the time, we are bound by our thinking. Our self talk and negative thinking is sometimes deadlier than anything physical. We are commanded to take every thought captive and to guard our hearts. You can’t go into the Promised Land, a land that is alive and flowing with milk and honey; holding onto broken things, dead rituals, idols , and captive thinking. You can be removed from captivity physically but you also have to remove it from within you.