Freeing those in bondage

NASB Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Daily Bible, HardcoverIn the Life Principles Daily Bible by Charles F. Stanley, the readings are: Exodus 3:1-4:31; Psalm 16:1-6; Proverbs 5:1-6; Matthew 18:1-20.

Reading the particular life lessons included in the passages – a theme about going before and setting the captives free. Moses was called by God to go before the Pharaoh in seeking the freedom and liberation of the Hebrews. Today, in our culture and society, we are like Moses. Called to go before the leaders of the world to set free those who are enslaved to all manner of sin and appetites of human desire. These particular appetites are contrary to the nature and being of a Sovereign and loving Heavenly Father. As Christians, we serve a “God who is alive, present and gives life and breath to everything to everything that lives (Acts 17:25). He is whether anything remains or not.” 

For many of us, we shrink back into thinking that only certain individuals have the gift to go into the world and bring to Christ those who are hurting, broken, and enslaved to our depraved appetites. The reality is, we all are called and chosen to preach the gospel in accordance to our capacity to do so. Moses did not think of himself as an influential speaker to fulfill the task God had placed onto his shoulders. Yet, despite our own frailties and inabilities, it is through our own humble submission to a Sovereign God that we are able to obey his words. In so doing, “He will make us competent for whatever task He has given us.” 

The best way this is accomplished is through our own humility where our concern is no longer resting upon particular social status, public opinion. Instead, God, through Jesus Christ, encourages us to place trust in him (like children place their trust in their parents), regardless what others may think. Through our own submission to the will of a Sovereign God and following Christ through our ability to emulate His teachings and examples in our daily life, we are able to bring about the salvation of others.

God wants “all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). He is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). That includes children.

As we come together in fellowship, to pray for those whom are broken, hurting and enslaved to their appetites, we are coming together in His name. This is in order for us to receive encouragement and empowerment to serve one another and our community for the sake of Jesus Christ. As we focus on Christ, and follow our Father in Heaven, we are given powerful and yet simple tools to draw all men unto Christ. It is through this, that we are moved into a position to free those who are in bondage and lead them to their own inheritance and blessings the Gospel of Christ brings about in each one of our lives.

The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; you support my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me (Psalm 16:1-6).

Inclining our own attention to our Heavenly Father’s counsel and the example of Jesus Christ, we begin to gain understanding, observe discretion and our mouths reserve knowledge of the things of God (Proverbs 5:1-6).

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