Here is the great paradox -- at the moment we declare ourselves "free" and when we "boast in [our] own strength" (v. 19), we are headed for bondage. When anyone walks "in his own way, and after the image of his own god," he is left to fend for himself and gradually gives himself over to bondage. We become slaves to one thing or another. The prophet Abinadi declared:
23 And it shall come to pass that except this people repent and turn unto the Lord their God, they shall be brought into bondage; and none shall deliver them, except it be the Lord the Almighty God.
We should trust in Him. Jesus said, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31-32)