As we wrap up our month of studying freedom in Christ, I have to tell you that I am enjoying it more and more and I hope you will. We know the familiar verse of John 10:10, as believers Jesus wants us to have life and have it more abundantly. And we have an enemy that comes to steal, kill and destroy.
But he robs us more than we know, if we allow it, by not knowing his devices, not being good ground, having His word choked from us. It doesn’t have to be something large stolen out of your home, it doesn’t have to be literally someone trying to kill you or destroy you, though that happens, it is not always the devils you see but he ones you don’t.
People will steal your joy, and Jesus is our joy. There are joy killers, even some of those you are trying to help, making ministry difficult, many people quit and I have heard of some suicides, now, that shouldn’t be, but it can happen. Day after day of life and joy, health being stolen, through ignorance of His Word or not applying it will lead you down an oppressive path. The devil enjoys oppressing you, and truthfully people do, but Jesus is our freedom. And He wants us to enjoy it in Him, and in the Spirit, where there is freedom.
I have been taught by the Holy Spirit to receive His peace and it is a gift. John 14:27, it will cover and guard our hearts and minds. Isaiah 26:3 promises to keep us in perfect peace as we focus on Him and not the problem. I know that is not always easy but it is possible the closer you draw to Him.
Believe me, it is freedom to know that He keeps His promises, even if we don’t, it is good to keep a repentant heart when we mess up. I’m not even sure He sees us a failure, He knows how human we are, He experienced all our trials and more. We have barely received the love of Jesus as He would like us to. His peace, joy and freedom.
It’s nice not to wake up and be worried, having His peace to calm you, His love. To not be thinking that you won’t make it another day, not to be consumed with how you are going to fix a problem, knowing He will fight for you if you are still. Exodus 14:14 and Psalm 46:10.
If you bathe in, drink in, soak in, the living water of the Spirit and flood you heart and minds with verses and promises, if it is the first thing you speak instead of fear or worry, He will fill you with freedom. I have learned never to underestimate His love, no matter the trial, He has the escape. Salvation is a gift, so is grace, His peace and many others, but it is an ongoing, life long and eternal love. He saves us once, but again and again from pain, grief, fear, sickness and set us free from sin and death, Romans 8:2. Isaiah 53 shows us His suffering so that we could have eternal life.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
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