“Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the
fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of
the Lord” (Ps 124:7-8a; NKJV). “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin
which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set
before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb
As children of God we have been removed from the power
of satan and conveyed into the kingdom of God (Col 1:13). We have escaped from
the fowler’s snare or satans snares but satan still tries to ensnare us with
sin (1 Pet 5:8). Matthew tells us that if we seek first God’s kingdom, all the
blessings of God will be ours (Matt 6:33).
How do we lay aside those sins that
hold us back, how do we pant and thirst after God (Ps 42:1-2), seeking His
kingdom? Well, John’s gospel tells us that God’s word (Jesus) is truth and the
truth will make us free (John 8:32). Receiving the freedom and blessings we
have in Christ is no more complicated than spending time in His word and
believing the truth can work in our lives and bring freedom and blessings! "That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection" (Phil 3:10).
So, rest in the
Lord, in His word and wait patiently for Him today (Ps 37:7), cast your cares
on Him (1 Pet 5:7) and allow Him to work in your life.
Psalm 103:2-3 talks about God’s benefits and reminds us
that He heals all of our diseases. God had a healing covenant with His people
in the Old Testament as long as they obeyed the law (Ex 15:26), but praise God
in the New Testament we are told that we are healed by the stripes of Jesus
(1 Pet 2:24).
Jesus body was flogged, broken, striped with wounds so
we could be whole. In Acts 10:38 it talks about Jesus: “how God anointed Jesus
of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and
healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him”. He is still
our healer today; we are told in Hebrews that He never changes (Heb 13:8).
So He can heal but will He heal me you may ask? Well
God is no respecter of person (Mark 12:14) and He reassured the doubting leper:
“then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, I am willing (to heal
you); be cleansed. Immediately his leprosy was cleansed” (Matt 8:3). Alleluia!
Healing is yours, believe God for it today. Agree with God and receive by
As we look
around us today we often see people in fear and confusion as they watch TV and
listen to the fear mongers in the media. But fear and confusion should have no
place in the life of the Christian. “God has not given us a spirit of fear but
of power and of love and of a sound mind”(2 Tim 1:7; NKJV).
God says that
perfect love drives fear from our lives (1 John 4:18). Fear is the opposite of
faith; faith believes God, fear believes the reports of the devil. If our lives
are driven by selfishness and evil motives then confusion easily results (James
3:16) but “God is not the author of confusion but of peace”(1 Cor 14:33).
we walk in peace? In Isaiah chapter 26 and verse 3 it is written: “You will
keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in
You”. Let's commit to walk in love, focus on God's word and believe it, not the
noise in the world around us. Let's cut through the confusion in our world and
be beacons of God's life, peace and truth. “And you shall know the truth and the
truth shall make you free”(John 8:32)!
True life and freedom are not to be found
in rushing after everything the World says is important. God's greatest desire
is to bless us, but His word says: “seek first the kingdom of God and His
righteousness, and all these things (God's provisions and blessings) shall be
added unto you”(Matt 6:33). We need to put God first and do things God's way! Wow, I don”t know about you, but I needed to hear that! If these words have
helped you, please share them with a friend.
“That I may know
Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings,
being conformed to His death” (Phil 3:10; NKJV).
Paul says that his goal in life is to know Christ
and the power of His resurrection. Think what power (Greek Dunamis) was needed
to raise Jesus from the dead (Eph 1:20)!
We get our English word dynamite
from the Greek word Dunamis! That same power dwells in us (Ro 8:11), brings
life to our mortal bodies, empowers us to be witnesses for Him (Acts 1:8) and in
fact, makes us like Jesus (2 Cor 3:17-18)! Wow and double Wow!
Eph 1:18 also
indicates that Gods power (Greek Kratos) in us is the power of dominion or
authority. As born again believers in Jesus we walk in the authority of Jesus
over the devil, authority which Jesus took back from satan through His (Jesus) death and
resurrection (Eph 1:21-22).
What a victory we have in Jesus! But Paul does go
on to say, in Phil 3:10, that we also must be willing to fellowship in Christ”s
sufferings and death. We have to die to self and live for Christ, no matter how
much persecution or difficulty this may bring; are we willing?
I am always struck by the story of the
woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). There we see the stark contrast between
the cold, cunning of the unforgiving Pharisees and Jesus’ consummate wisdom, compassion
and forgiveness. However, Jesus did not overlook the woman’s sin but told her
to sin no more!
Isn't it wonderful to know that Jesus
paid the price for our sins through His sacrifice on the cross (Rom 5:8). As
Christians we are forgiven (Col 1:14), given new life (2 Cor 5:17) and
righteousness in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:21). As Christians we do still sin (1
John 1:8) as our spirit (spiritual heart or conscience) is made new but not our
body or soul (1 Thess 5:23). However, we should not habitually or willfully sin
(1 John 3:6) as God has made us new spiritual creations in Christ Jesus (2 Cor
Our spirit is to govern our soul and
body. When we gave our lives to Christ we were born again spiritually (John
3:1-6) and our spirits were made new (Ezek 11:19). When we do slip and sin,
because we allow our souls to get the upper hand, we can repent and ask God’s
forgiveness. God forgives “us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness” (1 John
What an advantage we have over the
woman caught in adultery; how God loves us, in that He has placed His Holy
Spirit on the inside of us to enable us to change and help us not to sin (John 14:16-17). All
we have to do is cooperate and walk in obedience!