Freedom

freedom

It has been a while since I’ve written a blog.  I have been struggling with the question of whether I wanted to continue with the blog or not.  I was thinking about it this morning and decided to listen to Casting Crowns and a song I had never really listened to came on.  It is called “In Me.”   The following lyrics spoke to my heart:

Cause when I’m weak, You make me strong
When I’m blind, You shine Your light on me
Cause I’ll never get by living on my own ability
How refreshing to know You don’t need me
How amazing to find that You want me
So I’ll stand on Your truth,
And I’ll fight with Your strength
Until You bring the victory,
By the power of Christ in me

I realized at that moment that I wanted to write about what God may put on my heart. I wanted to write a blog to share with my friends about a wonderful, liberating book that I have just finished by Beth Moore.  The book title is “Breaking Free: Discover The Victory of Total Surrender. ”

This is what Beth says about captivity, “A Christian is held captive by anything that hinders the abundant and effective Spirit-filled life God planned for him or her. ”    She also said, “If our liberty in Christ is going to be a reality in life, we are going to have to learn to walk in the freedom of Christ, independent of everyone else we know.  We need more than a leader on our road to freedom. We need a Savior –One who keeps on saving.  Although we need to be saved from eternal separation from God only once, Christ continues His saving work in us for the rest of our lives. If you’re like me, you can think of more than a few potential disasters from which Christ has saved you since your initial experience of salvation. ”

Beth takes you through the Bible in her teachings, centering around the book of Isaiah (the ministry of Isaiah the prophet). Beth teaches about Isaiah, “God inspired him to write one of the longest books in the Bible. His ministry extended for over forty years, bridging 740 B.C. to at least 701 B.C.”  She also wrote, ” Isaiah’s name means “the Lord saves” and the word salvation is used in his book twenty-seven times—twice as many as the other prophets combined. ” The book of Isaiah starts by telling about kings of that time.

Beth explains in her book, “Chapters 40-66 begin a new theme in Isaiah. Isaiah spoke to the time when the captivity would end; Israel would be comforted by God and restored to her appointed purpose.”  She also teaches, “God chose the Book of Isaiah, a treatise on captivity, to record some of the most remarkable prophecies about Christ in the entire Old Testament. In a book through which God prophesied the horrors of a foreign yoke, He introduced the Deliverer.  In some instances God fulfilled prophecies temporarily through a human agent while ultimately fulfilling them in Christ. ”

Isaiah 61:1-3 King James Version 

61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. 

After reading Beth’s book, I think we all have areas in our lives that we need to be set free, where we are being held captive by the enemy.  I hope that you will read her book and it will impact your life as it has made an impact on mine.

 

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