by Troy Brewer
based on Romans 12:1-2, Isaiah 10:27
In the late 1800s in metropolitan areas you could pay 1 nickel to go to the
zoo and spend the day gawking at the animals and tapping on the glass. But the
animals that entertained Americans were not gorillas and elephants, they were
human beings and the zoo that I am referring to was the asylum for the mentally
Some time in the late 1880s a young Jewish immigrant from Budapest name
Enrich Weiss stood in one of these zoos watching a man struggle to escape from a
straitjacket. Young Weiss paid his nickel left the building and began saving
money to buy his own straitjacket. Several years later he changed his name to
Harry Houdini. He claimed that he was from Appleton, Wisconsin and people
began to pay big money to watch him struggle to escape from a straitjacket.
DO YOU WHAT AN ESCAPE ARTIST IS? It is somebody that is able to miraculously
escape from bondage
Houdini first made the escape from a U.S. Postal Mailbag in 1907. This became
his most talked about escape as people tried to figure out how it was
accomplished. A university professor was so intrigued by the problem that he
purchased his own mailbag and had friends lock him up in it and had to be
released when he couldn't take it any longer. This is one of the escapes that
convinced Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author of Sherlock Holmes) that Houdini could
de-materialize his body and then re-materialize again. Houdini could never
convince Doyle otherwise and it caused a bit of a conflict in their friendship.
On January 27, 1908 when Harry Houdini came out on stage at the Columbia
Theatre in St. Louis and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, my latest invention--
The milk can. I will be placed in this can and it will be filled with water. A
committee from the audience will lock the padlocks and place the keys down in
front of the footlights. I will attempt to escape. Should anything happen, and
should I fail to appear within a certain time, my assistants will open the
curtains, rush in, smash the Milk Can and do everything possible to save my
life... Music, Maestro, please!" He performed this escape for 4 years and
the audiences never seemed to get tired of seeing it.
There is something romantic about people escaping out of terrible places.
About 5 years ago a movie came out called the Shawshank redemption where a man
escaped from a terrible prison and people will pay big money to sit through
horrible prison scenes for 2 hours if they think that the last five minutes of
the movie will show his escape. There is just something about a man escaping
from bondage that you can't help but like.
The Fugitive a great movie you root for the guy because number 1: you know he
is innocent, and number 2 you want to see somebody get away. People can't
help but root for the guy on the run. Remember OJ in the white bronco with a
hundred police cars behind him and all these people running out to the highway
holding up signs RUN, OJ, RUN
PEOPLE WANT TO SEE PEOPLE ESCAPE FROM BONDAGE! Shortly after thanksgiving
dinner on November 26th of 1998, Martin Gurule a convicted murder of 2 Corpus
Christi restaurant workers, stuffed his bed with a makeshift dummy and strolled
into the recreation yard with 6 other death row inmates in Huntsville.
Huntsville is home to 8 prisons and the Ellis unit is one of the toughest. It is
considered impossible to escape from Huntsville, particularly a death row unit
such as Ellis and nobody has made outside of the fence in 64 years. But
these guys figured out a way. Using a hacksaw blade that had been smuggled in
through a can of peaches they climbed to the top of an interior fence cut the
metal and rolled the chain link back. They had darkened their prison issue
longjohns with black markers and wearing this perfect camouflage they crawled
across the pitch black, 1000 yard roof of the prison. when they got to the
chapel they crawled down the chapel's slopped roof and then bolted through fog
to the first of 2 perimeter fences. (the body suits of cardboard and magazines
sown into their longjohns allowed them to get past the razor wire) they easily
scaled the first fence, then the second. When the shots rang out from the guard
towers, the other six men fell to the ground in surrender but ahead of them,
Gurule kept on running, through the fog and then finally into the pine trees.
I'll tell you what happened to him in just a minute. He's an escape
artist and against all odds he has been able to breakout of a place specifically
designed to keep him in bondage and while this man doesnt represent
righteousness in anyway this a perfect parallel of what God wants you to be as a
Christian. God wants you to escape, against all odds, from those things
specifically designed to hold you in bondage.
Today in the word, we are gonna look at, THE GETAWAY, AND THE ESCAPE PLAN
THAT GOD HAS FOR EVERYONE THAT LOVES THE NAME OF THE LORD.
Open up your bible if you would and turn to the book of Luke and lets read
LUKE 11:24 "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh
through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto
my house whence I came out.25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and
garnished. 26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked
than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man
is worse than the first."
If you are working in the prison fields and suddenly have the impulse, or an
urge, or a whim that it's time to get out of there, drop your hoe and try to
outrun the dogs, you would be caught and you would be in worse shape then before
you tried to escape.
In Texas there is a 25 year sentence attached to your sentence if you try to
IT'S THAT WAY SPIRITUALLY AS JESUS SAID IN LUKE 11, IF THERE IS NOT A
SPECIFIC PLAN AND IF CERTAIN THINGS DON'T TAKE PLACE YOU'LL BE WORSE OFF AFTER
YOUR TRY YOUR ESCAPE THEN YOU WERE TO BEGIN WITH.
A LOT OF PEOPLE GET SOMETHING OUT OF THEIR LIFE BUT BECAUSE THEY DON'T DO IT
RIGHT, THAT DEVIL WILL COME RIGHT BACK INTO THEIR LIFE AND IT BE SEVEN TIMES
WORSE THEN THEY WERE TO BEGIN WITH.
How many of you have seen a girl who has an abusive boyfriend and through
some miracle she breaks out of that relationship and then, a year later, will
marry somebody 7 times worse?
A lot of people will try and be set free through illegitimate means other
than the Lord. To escape stress theyll use marijuana or a 12 pack. To escape loneliness
they will use will use all kinds of sexual relationships, To escape those
terrible memories they will use drugs. Remember Martin Gurule the death row
convict that escaped the Ellis Unit? See, he made it past the wire but not much
farther than that. Several hundred yards ahead of the dogs, he dove into a creek
with the intention of reaching the other side, but no sooner had he bailed in,
all of that cardboard and those magazines that he had sown into his clothes
filled up with water and the weight of all of it took him 12 feet down to the
The very thing that he thought would cause him to escape, killed him.
Don't you make that mistake.
Jesus says he whom the son sets free is free indeed.
So how do you get set free by Jesus? Lets look at Gods escape plan for his
Turn with me to Romans 12:1 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable
unto God, which is your reasonable service."
Holiness and Sanctification which is adhering to Gods standard of living is
not the 15th level of Christianity, it's not over and beyond the call of duty,
it's your reasonable service you walking in holiness and having a different
testimony is not radical servitude its reasonable or inexessive service. ITS the
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God."
The word we translate Transform is metamorpho its where we get the word
metamorphoses which means to change or convert or alter something from one thing
into another thing. LIKE FROM A FROG TO A PRINCE FROM BRUCE BANNER TO THE
INCREDIBLE HULK OR FROM A WORM TO A BUTTERFLY.
BE YE TRANSFORMED OR LET A METAMORPHOSES TAKE PLACE IN YOUR LIFE.
HOW?.......BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND
GOD WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE IF YOU LET HIM CHANGE YOUR MIND
Proverbs 29:18 "Where there is no vision, the people perish: where there
is no life changing revelation, where there is no mind-changing gospel being
preached the people die."
THE FIRST STEP IN GETTING OUT OF BONDAGE (A) YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE LORD AND
ALLOW HIM TO CHANGE YOUR MIND (B) HEBREWS 6: REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS IS THE
VERY FIRST OF THE FOUNDATIONS OR THE BASIC CHRISTIANITY THE WORD REPENTANCE
MEANS TO CHANGE YOUR MIND IT DOESNT MEAN TO BE SORRY. IT MEANS TO HAVE
YOUR MIND CHANGED!
Remember John the Baptist cried out in the wilderness, repent for the
Kingdom of Heaven is at hand
Jesus said in Luke 13 IF YOU DON'T REPENT, YOU'LL DIE THE SAME DEATH AS THE
ISA 10:27 "And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall
be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the
yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing."
To be anointed means to be Gods holy territory it means you don't belong to
the world you belong to God.
Its the very presence of the Holy Spirit--a visitation of the Lord.
I encourage you in the name of the Lord, allow Jesus to change your mind and
to set you apart. Allow him to guide you in how you think and in fact in who you