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Saturday, January 31, 2015

No Longer Slaves

Listening to... "No Longer Slaves" by Bethel Music on their latest recording (YouTube Link Here)

Wow. Just being reminded of this truth from husband & wife duo Jonathan David & Melissa Helser at Bethel Church in Redding, CA.

Chorus: 
No longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

If this is not enough to awaken a heart of gratitude from the ashes that we sometimes find ourselves in - I encourage reading also through Colossians. I've recently been in this book & it has rekindled the fiery truth of the great mystery - Jesus Christ. Everything was done through Him & for Him. He is the Promise of long ago, now alive in me. And also - I've been reminded of who He is & what He has done. Oh yes, what God has accomplished through Him, is amazing. He has redeemed all of creation through the blood of His Son Jesus. Called us His own. Slaves to Righteousness. No Longer slaves to sin & darkness. But free in Christ, saved by Grace through faith.

The thing is we do get tired. Sometimes we forget to walk in Grace or we live life as usual, life as a casual thing. Our daily lives can certainly make us tired. I've come to realized that tiredness - is not a valid excuse that we can give to the LORD. For He promises rest:

Then Jesus said,
 "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, 
and I will give you rest. (Mt.11:28 NLT)

And maybe it is hard to hear this truth because certainly sometimes I know I may want to come to the LORD & say how tired I am. Too tired to engage Him, too tired to seek Him diligently...or just plain tired - period. This contradicts  His promise of rest, renewal, & strengthening that He so graciously gives (See Psalm 23, Nehemiah 8:10). The key is to stay in faith. Believe Him. Believe His word that He says who He says is, He is Enough. That He will do what He says He will do. He is Good. That He will lead us beside still waters, beside a peaceful streams. Believing what we have heard from Him.

Thinking about His promises makes me want to rest in His unfailing Love all the more. Rest in the truth that He has completed His work. All that is left is for me is to do is believe in Him & to walk in faith as a child of God. No longer a slave to fear... 

Fear of being duped into thinking that He is holding goodness back, thinking that He is not with me. When He truly is. For He promises to never leave or forsake us. 

Life can flow all the more differently, when we operate from an attitude of being from believing; rather than doing from seeing. Being meaning having a full confidence of:

  • Being A Son/Daughter
  • Being in Christ
  • Being A Light that Shine Bright
  • Being a Follower of Jesus
  • Being More than a Conqueror
The Great I Am has promised His goodness. For God is Love. He is not a liar. He is gentle. He is kind. And He is faithful.

Prayer:

Father, comfort us with Your Holy Spirit. Show us more of who You are. Thank you for Your faithfulness & all Your goodness that You pour out freely on us all. Be with us even as we pray for You to have Your way. To take control of every situation in our lives. May Your will be accomplished in everything we say & do. In Jesus' name. Amen!