Thursday, March 19, 2009

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So!

Often times, when we think of being delivered or needing to be delivered we think sin such as smoking, drinking, fornicating, and other sins physically commit. But I will have you to know that the sins we commit in our hearts and minds are just as bad if not worse. Of course I realize that there is no degree of sin but while reading The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Myers I am coming to understand that the thoughts that take place in our minds eventually effect our behavior. So in essence, if we were to transform our minds and align our thoughts with the Word of God then we will already be in the will of God (Romans 12:2).

The first part of this process is to stop thinking like the world thinks. The bible tells us that we are a peculiar people, a chosen generation- set apart. That means that while the rest of the nation is worried about the economic crisis, we are to remember that the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. We are joint heirs with Christ. The wealth of the world is laid up for the just - that's us. God has already promised to provide all of our needs according to His riches and glory...yet I'll be the first to admit that every now and again that I'll listen to CNN a little too long start to look at economic projections instead of toward the One Who holds tomorrow in His hands.

Lately, God has been challenging me to continue to walk with Him even when I can't see Him and feel Him as vividly as in the past. God has been challenging me to simply trust that if I trust Him that everything will be alright. Why wouldn't it be? He is the same God that delivered me from so many times before. Yes, God has done marvelous things that are recorded in bible but every now and again we need to have a flash back and recall what the Lord has done for us: where He has brought us from and what He has delivered us from. God has not changed. So why should I feel discouraged? He has a proven track record in each of our lives.

Not too long ago, I had a problem with worrying. I believed in God and knew that God would supply all of my needs and would be there with me until the ends of the earth. I was fine when I could see or feel God moving but during the times when I felt that God was silent - I began to worry. I began to wonder if I was somehow out of the will of God or if I misinterpreted what God has spoken to me. There was even a period in my walk with the Lord where I believed that my salvation was dependant upon my actions (Thank God for deliverance!) . Every once and again I have to rebuke myself for allowing doubt to creep into my mind. Why? Because God has already delivered me from doubt and set me free from fear.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,
and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)

You see, the enemy is cunning and crafty. If he knows that Jesus has delivered you from worry, doubt and fear he will subtly try to implant those thoughts into your mind. He will slowly try to cause you to look at your problems instead of Jesus, the Problem Solver. The enemy doesn't even want you to realize that it is a sin to worry. In stead, he will have you to believe that you are only thinking logically. The problem with that God wants us to trust him blindly. He wants us to believe Him for who He is and what He says. The mysteries of God are great. As finite beings, we are not able to understand the infinite wisdom of God

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,
saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

As humans, it is often hard to understand the unexplainable and fully grasp the intangible. That's why we need God. He came to do those things that are impossible by man. We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us. So if the Lord has delivered you - you are free! If the Lord has healed you - you are whole. If God God be for you - who can be against you.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; (Psalm 107:2)

Let us pray:

Dear Lord we come to you humbly confessing that we can do nothing without You. We repent of our doubt, and fear and leave it at the foot of the cross right now in the name of Jesus. Lord we thank You for for life, for your Living Word and all that You have done. We thank You for never leaving us and being right beside us in the midst of it all. Your Word says that if we lack faith we are to ask more of You as you are waiting to give it to us freely. I ask that you bless every person that visits this page and every page they visit and those that visit their pages. Touch our hearts and our minds. Create within us a clean heart and renew within us a right sprit. I ask that you endow us all with an added measure of faith. I ask that you give us boldness to proclaim your Word. Give us boldness to walk by faith and not by site. Make us like trees planted by the rivers of water unmovable, unshakeable, steadfast in your Word. Help us to continue to lift You up so that we can continue to draw men to you. Lord when you do this as always we will be ever so careful to give you all of the glory, honor, thanks and praise in Jesus name. Amen.