Being Set Free

I have been listening to Scripture Memory Songs on You Tube recently, trying to get the Word hidden in my heart.  These catchy tunes and lyrics quickly started going through my mind, even when I wasn’t listening to them.  There is so much power in music!

However, I listened to one song that gave me pause for thought.  It stresses the point I have been making recently in regard to why it is imperative for us to be in the Word of God.  If we aren’t in the Word of God, we won’t catch deception because we won’t truly know what the Word says.

The song I was listening to was from John 8.  It focused on the idea that whom the Son sets free is free indeed.  Yes, that is true.  It is in John 8:36.   However, if you go back a few verses to verse 32, it says, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (Emphasis mine)  This is a key point!

For instance, when I got set free from chronic colitis, it was once I knew the truth, then I was able to act on that truth, and be set free.   Another time, I was healed of asthma.  It was only through getting a revelation of what God’s Word says, that I realized that I could truly be healed, and then I acted on that truth.  We must know the truth!!!  That is what causes faith to arise in our souls, helping us to believe for whatever miracle we need!

Yes, there are times when the Lord does set us free, as the song below states.  However, in my own experience, most of my freedom has come when I got a revelation of truth, revealed in His precious Word.

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Out of Alignment

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Out of Alignment

Have you ever thrown your back out of alignment? It is a pain unlike any other. Sometimes a quick trip to the chiropractor will take care of it. Other times, it may require rest and a few more trips to the chiropractor before things are back to normal.
One of the common reasons for your back going out of alignment is improper lifting. The injury from that can leave you with a pain so intense that others can hear it in your voice.

Our spiritual lives can be much like this. We begin to carry heavy burdens, but we do so improperly. We aren’t to carry these loads ourselves. We are to turn them over to the Lord, for He tells us to cast our burdens on Him and He will sustain us. (Psalm 55:22)
Other times we find ourselves dealing with a lot of stress, but fail to come to Him and find rest. (Mark 6:31) This too, can cause us to be spiritually out of alignment.

There are also times when we are weighed down with worry. Instead, we should be praying and giving our requests to the Lord. He will then give us peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Humans have a bad habit of trying to do everything for ourselves. We think we need to be busy all the time. This dependency upon ourselves can be destructive and cause us to be out of alignment. There are times when the Lord tells us to simply be still before Him and rest in the knowledge that He is God. (Psalm 46:10)

One of the best things you can do to help keep your back strong and healthy is to exercise and keep your core strong. In a spiritual sense, our exercise would be to stay in the Word and pray.

Have you let your spirit get out of alignment? If so, get back into the Word and let the Lord ‘align’ you again.
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

“I Do It Myself!”

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“I Do It Myself”

When my daughter was a toddler, we would often try to help her with things, and hear the words, “I do it myself!” Can you relate?

In our Christian walk, we sometimes take on that same attitude of “I do it myself!” We may struggle in an area, and we don’t want anyone to know. It can be the shame of our sin, but most often, it is our own pride, which stops us from opening up to anyone.

However, there are times when we really need to reach out to a trusted friend who will agree with us in prayer. Sometimes our friend, who isn’t caught in the middle of the issue, can have valuable, wise insights to help us.

James 4:6 tells us that God opposes the proud but gives grace to those who are humble. James 5:16 tells us to confess our sins to one another so that we may be healed.

Sometimes, by simply being willing to step out and admit openly that you are struggling with something, the power of that secret sin begins to lessen. It can be much like someone who was sexually abused. Once they speak out, exposing the abuse, the power their abuser once had over them, diminishes. Many former victims admit that by speaking out, they finally felt like they had the power. The abuser lost his power over them.

It is often the same when Satan has lied to us about our own sin. I remember learning years ago that Satan’s greatest weapon against us is a lie. Don’t let his lies hold you back any longer. If you need help, pray for the Lord to lead you to a trusted friend who can help you get out of his web of deceit.

Don’t be like a toddler, who adamantly declares, “I do it myself!” Let Jesus help you! He is waiting and willing to set you free!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

 

Escaping the Yoke of the Swindler

This message is FABULOUS!!!  It really helps explain why our churches today are so dry and not sensing the power of God.

Condemning the Condemner

Do you struggle with guilt or regret? Does the enemy constantly whisper to you that you will never be forgiven or that what you’ve done can’t be undone? If so, then YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS MESSAGE!

Father, set your people free as they listen to this message! Let it be the Rhema Word of God to deliver them from Satan’s lies! Amen!

Trick or Treat

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Trick or Treat

The Bible teaches us that Satan is a master schemer.  II Cor. 2:11  His goal is to trick us into bondage.  That bondage can come in many forms. Unforgiveness can leave us chained to the one we refuse to forgive. Food addictions lead us to being overweight, not to mention the guilt and low self-esteem that is caused by our lack of control in that area.  Sexual bondages seem to be rampant in our society.  We can be compulsive shoppers, always looking for a fix, only to find that the thrill of it passes so quickly.  Being overly concerned about how we look may cause us to look good on the outside, but leave us with unseen chains wrapped around us.  Greed has led many people astray and into shackles which seem impossible to loosen.  As we fall prey to Satan, I can almost hear him, deviously laughing, shouting, “Trick or treat!  I got you!”

The Bible is clear that we are slaves to whatever masters us.  II Pet. 2:19.   Paul said in I Cor. 6:12 that he would not be mastered by anything.  The way that he kept from being mastered was by knowing the truth.  It’s in that “knowing” that we can be set free.  John 8:32

I find it comforting to know that even in bondage, God hasn’t deserted us.  Ez. 9:9  While we were still sinners (and in bondage), God still loved us enough to send His Son to die for us.   Rom. 5:8   That is the best treat we could ever have!

Jesus said in Luke 4:18 that He came to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and to release the oppressed.  When He arose from the dead, can’t you just hear Him declaring to Satan, “Trick or Treat! I won!  I have the final victory!”

My dear sister, Jesus won that victory for YOU!  Whatever bondages you may be struggling with, He is still with you in the midst of it, and He has promised to never leave you, nor forsake you.  Don’t be ashamed to bring your shackles to Him.  He would love nothing more than to set you free.  After all, He’s already paid the ultimate price for your freedom.  Let Him unshackle you today!

© 2003, Stacy R. Miller

Joyful Contentment

Joyful Contentment

How many times do we struggle with being content?   We are so bombarded by things of this world that we can easily be led down the  path of discontentment.  We are told that we need to color our hair a certain way so that we can feel young and vibrant.  We need to have fine clothing so we can feel pretty.  We need to join a weight loss group so that we can have the perfect figure, therefore making us voluptuous.  We need a certain car or we just aren’t living the good life.  The cycle never ends.  If we aren’t careful to guard our hearts, (Prov. 4:23) we will fall into the snare of believing these deceptive tactics of Hollywood.  If we fall prey to these beliefs, we will quickly be spending hard-earned money on things which don’t satisfy.

Come, you who are thirsty.  Come, you who have no money.  Buy food and drink without cost.  Why spend money on what is not bread?  Why spend your labor on what doesn’t satisfy?  God says to listen to Him and eat what is good.  If we do, our soul will delight in the richest of fare.  If we take time to hear the Lord, our soul will live.  (Is. 55:1-3)

When we are faithful to come before God and listen to Him, we won’t be easily snared into believing the ads that we see everywhere.  Hollywood’s version of beauty, fulfillment, and happiness will hold no appeal for us because we have found what truly satisfies.  We will discover that the Lord causes us to go out with joy and to be led forth with peace.  (Is. 55:12)  Now that’s a frame of mind which no amount of money could ever buy!

© 2003, Stacy R Miller

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