Shaking Off Shackles

Do you have bad thoughts? Discouraging thoughts about yourself and others. Do you see things around you that bring grief to your inner being or turmoil to your mind? Do you have memories that bring regret, sorrow, or pain from events, encounters, missed opportunities, or failures? The mind is a battlefield for your soul.

When we encounter Yeshua through the Spirit we find encouragement, acceptance, and welcome. God changes all the bad to good. Adrian Rodgers said, “Men throw broken things away, but God never uses anything until he first breaks it.” As Believers we truly know how short we come to God’s required standard of perfection. This very awareness of our failure, sin, and brokeness is part of that which drew us to Him. Yeshua is the only one who promises a pathway to perfection, and it is offered freely to everyone who will believe and recieve.

In the Pilgrims Progress, by John Bunyan, Pilgrim was trapped by the Giant of Despair in Doubting Castle when he strayed off the straight and narrow path. He languished in the prison, until by God’s mercy he remembered that he had the key of faith that was able to open any prison door of the enemy’s manufacture. This allegory has many scenarios that present heaven’s truths in an earthy settings. In this case, the deception to which we have become imprisoned may be unlocked by faith in God, His Word, and Yeshua. He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” ( Luke 4: 18-19). “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8: 34-36). “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Gal. 5: 1). Our freedom is in Yeshua who took our failures, sins, and sorrows upon Himself, paying the price for our freedom. The third verse of “He is Worth”, by Andrew Peterson affirms critical truths, that set us free:

Does the Father truly love us? (He does)

Does the Spirit move among us? (He does)

And does Jesus, our Messiah hold forever those He loves? (He does)

Does our God intend to dwell again with us? (He does). 

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