Hebrews 3:15-19 – (MSG) For who were the people who turned a deaf ear? Weren’t they the very ones Moses led out of Egypt?… Wasn’t it those who turned a deaf ear and ended up corpses in the wilderness? They never got there because they never listened, never believed.
“People in recovery circles use some very helpful phrases to describe the kind of behavior that keeps us from experiencing freedom (or for settling for external freedom while still experiencing slavery on the inside). We get locked into patterns of increased oppression because of stinking thinking. Real freedom begins from the inside out.” Three things stop freedom from coming: 1) the lie that if you only move to a different place, you will find a different, better reality; 2) the lie that a different spouse, different friends, or a different church (a different whatever) will fix everything; 3) self-pity. We get to choose what we are going to do about what has happened in our lives. In Egypt, the Children of Israel were stuck, but when God got involved He activated their impulse toward freedom. When we partner with Him, He leads us to a new way of life. (Strickland, The Ultimate Exodus).