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The Spirit of the Lord = Freedom!
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Acts 10:38
•It can often seem like following your own agenda in life will make you free. But doing so only leads to bondage
From doctors, shrinks, counselors, self help books, support groups, rehabilitation centers, outreaches of all sorts, prescribed drugs, with a never ending list of paths you can take to freedom from sicknesses, mental anguish, fear & your past.They All appear to promise to help get you through your life and be a part of your success in this world once you have completed whatever the said requirements or treatments they prescribe. In prison while being incarcerated they have you serve your time and if they decide to release you, they deem you as being ready to be a productive citizen. All of the ways to recovery all are set in place to meet some sort of need to enhance your life.
All incarcerations are not physical jails or prisons but also the incarceration of our freedom to live, have peace and to overcome obstacles that we all have to deal with. With our thinking bound by this self imprisonment we start to think that we do not have a choice in what has seemly been dealt to us. The incarcerated mind doesn't even consider God as the answer, only answer at that. Commonly we try to self medicate without trusting in Jesus to set us free. The answer isn't just take a pill even though some will experience symptoms and side effects that can kill them or make them ill. Jesus doesn't give bad side effects or symptoms and promises that you will not die & live and declare His works! He wants to free you so you be a living testimony of His love and faithfulness.
A lot of the things our good to have in our recovery and wellness. Just don't do it without Jesus. Knowing also some of our options seem to offer an answer but are false temporary freedom that cause us harm or death.
- Bound means: limited,tied down,enclosed, restrained, confined,restrained by hand,rope,chains,fetters,or the like.under legal or moral restraint or obligation. Bound & gagged, hostage.
- Incarcerated means: incarceration - captivity: the state of being imprisoned; "he was held in captivity until he died"; "the imprisonment of captured soldiers"; "his ignominious incarceration in the local jail"; "he practiced the immurement of his enemies in the castle dungeon"
- Loosed/freed means: not restrained,fastened,or contained. Free from confinement,& not bound, uninhibited, free,to grant freedom,liberty. let out of prison;unfettered.
- Forgiven Means: forgive - stop blaming or grant forgiveness; - absolve from payment; "I forgive you your debt",forgive - To pardon, to waive any negative feeling or desire for punishment; To accord forgiveness
Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. Is 55:3
Multitudes of people say they want to be "free," to be in control. They want to do what they want and make their own decisions, free from God's laws or society's rules. This often means they want the freedom to sin.
Before I became a Christian, this was true of me. I wanted to throw off ALL boundaries, to be completely free of society's rules. I remember one friend who admiringly told me I was the most free person she had ever known. She thought I must have great peace inside, but she was wrong. I knew that I was dying inside, spiritually and emotionally.
• There is no such thing as freedom without paying the price and offering yourself as a living sacrifice to God submitting to His will. God's will is to bless and do good to you and your family. This freedom is freedom to choose and do what is right, without bondage & torment.
"Freedom" from God means being in bondage to sin and the devil.
Freedom from God's rules is counterfeit freedom. It is an illusion. If you proclaim yourself "free" from God’s restraints, you become a slave to sin and the devil.
- They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity---for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him (2 Peter 2:19).
- The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires (Proverbs 11:6).
- Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more (Ephesians 4:19).
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb 4;16
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free
from the law of sin and death. Rom 8:2
•Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1 Pet 2:24
Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 1 Cor 1:20
Get Set Free
Announcing Freedom to all
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach
the gospel to the poor.
give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes,
messages of joy instead of news of doom,
a praising heart instead of lanquid
Rename them "oaks of righteousness"
planted by God to display His glory.
They'll rebuild the old ruins,
raise a new city out of wreckage
. They will start over on the ruined cities,
take the rubble left behind & make it new.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
and recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are downtrodden,
release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.'
To say to the captives, 'come out,'
and to those in darkness, 'be free!'
"They will be feed beside the roads and
find pasture on every barren hill.
" priests of God" honored as ministers of our God.
You'll feast on the bounty of nations,
you'll bask in the glory.
Because you got a double dose of trouble &
more than your share of contempt,
your inheritance in the land will be doubled
& your joy go on forever.
And He closed the book,
and gave it back to the attendant,
and sat down;
and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him.
And He began to say to them,
‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.'"
Luke 4;17-21,IS 61:1, IS 49:9
God causes you to truly recover and to be free to love and live a good life!
Recovery takes God. Here's the good news! God never intended you to go through life alone. He created you because He wanted to talk with you, share with you, and help you through the most hurtful parts of your life. Turn to Him with all your needs. Pray and turn open your bible to see God's words of hope (Psalms is a good place to start). Combat your thoughts about yourself and your current situation with hope and promises from God's word. Also, surround yourself around encouraging people who will support you and hold you accountable through your steps of getting healthy. Hang on to God no matter what and your life will become transformed by the love and Power of God through Jesus Christ. God is faithful!
This is what the apostle Paul said God revealed to him through humility, "But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
When we need God that allows Him to heal us, deliver us, save us and to love us. If we never had a single problem, trial, or never became overwhelmed by life itself, then we would never be able to know and experience the love, power, deliverance and protection of God. God offers and gives us promises and blessings because He loves us. If we will just trust and believe Him which is faith without seeing first. Heb 11:1
God is moved by our faith in Him, our God is faithful and He does change our lives when we seek and trust Him with all our heart. This the only hope that this world has. Jesus Christ has risen from the dead! It is finished! His promises are waiting on you to reach out and accept them.
Jesus can heal you too!
And His fame went throughout all Syria:
and they brought unto him
ALL sick people that were taken
by divers diseases & torments,
and those which were possessed
with devils, and those which
were lunatick, and that had palsy;
and He healed them. Matthew 4:24
Freedom from depression, schizophrenia, self mutilation & more.
Jesus is our great physician. Jesus heals us completely spiritually and physically.
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.Acts 10:38
They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night & day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out & cut himself with stones.
When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? You promised to God that you won’t torture me before your time!" For Jesus had said to him, "Come out of this man, you evil spirit!"
Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?"
"My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many." And he begged Jesus again & again not to send them out of the area.
A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, "Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them." He gave them permission, & the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. (even animals can't stand to have evil spirits!)
Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened.
When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.> Matt 8
Today in this day & age there are a lot of people depressed, suicidal, bi-polar, schizophrenic and who are self destructive & those who actually cut themselves because of the pain they are feeling. What they are dealing with is caused by un-repented sin &demons and Jesus can set them ( all of us) free, so we can enjoy life & be in our right mind.
Get your freedom, Jesus loves you!
•Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.Ye have not
chosen me, but I have chosen you, & ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and
that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you ask of the Father in my name, He may give it you. John 15
The Lord is good!
John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Such power attended our Lord's words, that many were convinced, and professed to believe in him. He encouraged them to attend his teaching, rely on his promises, and obey his commands, notwithstanding all temptations to evil. Thus doing, they would be his disciples truly; and by the teaching of his word and Spirit, they would learn where their hope and strength lay. Christ spoke of spiritual liberty; but carnal hearts feel no other grievances than those that molest the body, and distress their worldly affairs. Talk to them of their liberty and property, tell them of waste committed upon their lands, or damage done to their houses, and they understand you very well; but speak of the bondage of sin, captivity to Satan, and liberty by Christ; tell of wrong done to their precious souls, and the hazard of their eternal welfare, then you bring strange things to their ears. Jesus plainly reminded them, that the man who practiced any sin, was, in fact, a slave to that sin, which was the case with most of them. Christ in the gospel offers us freedom, he has power to do this, and those whom Christ makes free are really so. But often we see persons disputing about liberty of every kind, while they are slaves to some sinful lust.
But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25
Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. Ps 116:7-9
And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. Ezekiel 11
And the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.’ Therefore say to them, Thus says the Lord God: None of my words will be delayed any longer, but the word that I speak will be performed, declares the Lord God.” Ezekiel 12
Freedom available to you!
Whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (freedom). 2 Cor 3:16-17
Says: Whenever though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil & there they are - face to face! They suddenly recognize that God is living, personal presence,not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We're free of it! All of us! Nothing between us & God, our faces shining, with the brightness of His face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter & more beautiful as God enters our lives & we become like Him. 2 Cor 3:16 -17-(The message)
Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your STAND! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.Matt 1:29 Take my yoke (leading) upon you, let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Gal 5
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows. For everything we know about God's word is summed up in a single sentence: love others as you love yourself. That's an act of true freedom. If you bite & ravish each other, watch out- in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?
This resurrection life you received from God, is not a timid, grave tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greet God with a childlike "what's next, Papa?" God's spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who He is, and we know who we are. Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to us - a huge inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. IF we go through the hard times with Him, then we're certainly going go through the good times with Him. Rom 8:17 (The Message)
Jesus the world's one and only Hero!
Forgiven, Set FREE From Guilt & Shame!
I have been redeemed and forgive of all my sins.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
I am complete in Christ.
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority
I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Col 1,Colossians 2,& Heb 4:,
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” God’s plan is not to condemn anybody. Rather, “In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves”John 3:17
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God John 1:12
Ephesians 1:5-6. He wants us to become his children & enjoy freedom in Christ.
Believe God, trust Him with your life is the only condition required
CONDITIONALLY only when (exact moment in time) you recognize you need God's redemption ( recognize means: become aware with the knowledge & you understand) and you turn away from sin & repent (to change your mind, & your actions, feel sorrow for your actions) confessing your sins to God to obtain mercy & guidance). Then after required said condition has been completed God takes & removes the veil, the covering that was hanging over us like a dark cloud & was binding us in chains, causing blindness & imprisonment to the same old sins. So the veil is removed because of our repentance and acceptance of Jesus dieing on the cross for us and believing that God raised Him from the dead on the 3rd day. God helps us walk away from sin. We get more & more of our sinful ways straighten out the deeper we go with God. God then starts to restore us to a like new condition.Jesus paid the price for our sins by giving his life & shedding all of his blood. Jesus went to hell to obtain the the keys to hell, so we don't have to go to hell . That's why we have authority over the devil in Jesus name! Hell is for satan, not us!Jesus was our perfect sacrifice with out spot (sin) or blemish. He choose to die for us, he didn't have to at all! He proved his love for us!
Jesus the great physician :
The Physician’s Diagnosis:
There is a condition known as sin. It is defined as not measuring up to God’s standard of perfection in our thoughts, words, or deeds. Sin entered the world because of one person’s behavior Rom.5:12 . That was Adam. Since then, all people have sinned Rom.3:23 . Sin separates each person from a relationship with God, results in physical and spiritual death, and condemns each one to a place of eternal torment called Hell Rom.6:23 . This is a world-wide epidemic, and is the most serious and deadly problem known to humankind today.
Treatment and Cure:
The treatment and cure for this problem is available from only one source-Jesus Christ, the Great Physician. Although Jesus never sinned, He showed His great love for us by taking the punishment for our sins—a cruel and painful death. It is the punishment we deserve Rom.5:8, 17-18 . After three days, God raised Jesus from the dead. Verbally confessing Jesus is Lord, and believing in ones heart that God raised Jesus from the dead is the treatment for a sinful heart condition Rom.10:9-10 . Anyone who asks for the treatment will receive it Rom.10:13. Then, no longer sick in your sins, you will be able to give yourself “whole heartedly” to God Rom.6:16-18. Nothing will ever be able to separate you from God’s love for you Rom. 8:35-39 . This is truly good news!
WISDOM can SAVE Your LIFE!
Our Heavenly Father’s Instruction to all His Children:
1 Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding,
2 For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction.
3 When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,
4 Then he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live;
5 Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 “Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you.
7 “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
8 “Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.
9 “She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty.”
10 Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And the years of your life will be many.
11 I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble.
13 Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.
20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.
23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.
26 Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established.
27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil>.Prov 4
My people perish from a lack of knowledge. Hosea 4;6
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father" Romans 8:15
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.2 Cor 3:17
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