by Pastor Tim Burt
Imagine you had a friend sitting in jail serving a sentence. He'd been there for 10 years depressed and dreaming about what it's like on the outside. One day, a guard comes to him, opens the door and says, "The rest of your time has been excused and you are free to go." Imagine your good friend whom you have loved, prayed for, and often thought about, staying right there in that cell because he didn’t believe the guard. Imagine that somehow in his mind he just couldn't get it that he was truly excused and free to go, and so he stayed there. You'd probably go to convince him that it was true and that he was really free.
In Jesus Christ, we have been made free! In John 8:36 Jesus said, Many of those that listened to and dared to believe Jesus’ words got healed, got delivered from devils, got free from sin, and their eyes were opened to see life through God’s eyes.
In Acts 3:7-8 we see the response that you would imagine when someone had been set free by Jesus. It says, "Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God."
Jesus gave us His Word saying that to us it would become "daily bread." Imagine that! Imagine a daily feeding from God that has the power to free us – to build our faith and heal us and to deliver us from the devil's lies, strategies, and strongholds that hold us back from living powerfully for Him. Imagine the Lord using you to be an agent of His anointing and power to those that would otherwise not be touched by God. Imagine others being freed and changed in some way because you shared the very words that empowered you earlier in the day! Wow!
When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He said, pray “Give us this day our daily bread.” He wasn’t talking about praying for food or material needs. He was talking about letting God’s word come alive so that it could create faith in their heart for the day! He wanted them to develop a heart like David’s such as we see in Psalm 27:4 “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.”
Jesus declared Himself the word of God and concerning it said that this: “The word of God is living and powerful in its effectiveness. It is sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
The world is not always a nice place and sometimes you can really feel trapped in it. But, you can be free from it. You can let the Word of God speak the promises of His love, His help, and His grace to carry you through your day! God cares about every hair on your head and detail of your life. He does because He loves you! He guides you in your path, He directs your steps, and gives you the grace and wisdom for every situation. But, it starts with you believing and that happens by you having faith. Faith is built by hearing the Word of God and believing it. It’s what springs you from your jail cell. It is Jesus’ voice you are hearing that says, "The rest of your time has been excused and you are free to go – only believe!”
Hebrews 10:39 “But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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