IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2010
Stringing to Freedom
Romans 8: (New International Version) 1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, [source]
Okay, right now I am just thinking out-loud. If I sense condemnation that should be to me a red flag waving that in that area, I am not FREE, that is I am not experiencing the freedom that Jesus died to give me. I am enslaved to something or someone other than Him. Slavery to anyone or anything other than Christ is a death sentence — for a Christian it is the death of our joy, worship, cheerful service and most likely a whole lot more. Galatians 5: (New International Version) 1 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. [source] I underlined for emphasis – it means WE have to do something to experience this freedom He is talking about. True it is a gift but like gifts from human hands, if we don’t put that ‘ring’ on it does not shine on our finger.
So when I feel that condemnation or I hear it in my own head, I know (at least I am beginning to know) that I have become a slave to whatever it is that has caused me to feel condemned.
When I sit and allow the screen of my mind to be filled with images of what she said, or what he did; what they think of me; or worse yet, allow myself to sit there looking at images of how they might be thinking that sermon applies to me and not to them – I am NOT free. BUT in these recent days, I am learning! Praise HIM I am learning to be FREE! By His Grace, I am learning how to live FREE in a very costly, enslaving, mean, hostile, debilitating society. Today is a good day and by His Grace, we will string another day to this day, tomorrow and on and on we will go.
I am mindful that this is a pretty personal piece to send out to you; but, hey if there is even a chance that sharing some of my steps to learning might help someone else – I’m on it! If I am anything, LORD, make me REAL!
How do I honor You in addressing You? How do I even attempt to encompass in a Name Who You are? The Great I AM. How can it be that the Great I AM lives and loves within me? It’s too much for me, but I accept, DADDY, I accept. Keep the communion coming; keep pouring on the revelation; keep drawing me into intimacy with You. Stretch me and fill me and stretch me and fill me, again and again and again, all the way, every day till I see You, Jesus. Till I behold Your very Hebrew Face; till I see and touch Your Holy hands and feet; till feel Your very real Carpenter Strong and yet God Strong Arms around me. Oh, LORD, I want to be shamelessly, radically with total abandonment in love with You. Above all things I could and do ask for, give me this, get me there as close as You can before I see Your Holy Hebrew Face. And, LORD, for my freedom You died and rose again; oh, I don’t want to waste any of it. I pray for freedom; freedom from every curse of my flesh, the world and the devil; and not just for me but for all Your Daughters and all Your Sons.
So, I can ask that for every one of our IDOK Troops, that individually they will lean on You as their very best Friend and the Lover and Keeper of their souls and their very great Reward. You are good to entrust us with so many to pray for; so many lives we can touch with prayer. Even when we don’t word it all just right, You are mindful of them, not a one of them listed here do You overlook. You are amazing! So I am just trusting You with them; to individually give them grace and help just like You would if I specifically asked for just what it is they need. This is includes Israel too and this Nation we call America and Pastors and Local Churches, all of them represented and connected to these names and email addresses.
And, yes, oh yes, I love You, too! I cannot fathom it how You could love me or how You could even make it so I know You do, but You have and I do. Oh, I long to see Your Holy, Beautiful, Holy, Hebrew Face, Face to face. Even so, come, LORD JESUS, come quickly. Amen and amen.
I think I shall leave this quote for a few more days – give it time to bear some more fruit.
From “Tales From the Hasidim” Rabbi Moshe of Kobryn said, “When a man suffers, he ought not to say, “That’s bad! That’s Bad!” Nothing that God imposes on man is bad. But it is all right to say, “That’s bitter!” For among medicines there are some that are made with bitter herbs.