July 9, 2013
The call of every believer is “To be with Him” (See Mark 3:13-15). When I think of freedom, I not only think of God’s forgiveness for sin for eternal life, but freedom from the powers of darkness in this life. Gods grace empowers me by His presence to do that which I am unable to do in my own strength. When Jesus said, “It is finished” there is nothing more to do. It’s done!
Thus, daily we celebrate our liberty as a new creation in Christ. The power of the cross has delivered us from the power of darkness with the freedom to live as victorious sons and daughters of His Kingdom “For whom the son has set free is free indeed.“ We are spiritual alive with newness of life in Christ. His power, His life, His anointing, His wisdom and understanding are freely ours. Declare with a shout your freedom and let the sound of freedom ring.
We thus give thanks unto the Father, who has made us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. (13) Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son (Col. 1:12-13).
Let Freedom Rest
It is more important to take time apart to be with the Lord than what we do for Him. Our hands can be so busy in the work of ministry or life itself, that we loose quality time with the one whose eternal life gives to us the very desire of our hearts – the freedom of His presence.
Our minds can be so occupied with our thoughts that we can loose sight of His. Our hearts can be so engrossed in our concerns that we miss the Lord’s. Thus, it is not until our hearts and minds are aligned with the Father that we enter into the rest that is found IN Him. When we enter into His rest, we experience the life of His freedom where there is peace and joy in the Spirit.
Freedom reins in His presence- the place where we are called to rule with Him. Our freedom is found in our rest IN Him,
“Now the Lord is that Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty” (2 Cor. 4:17).
The Place Where Freedom Rules
I love the words penned by King David who said, “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. (Psalms 37:7). David was a man surrounded by enemies who hated him that wanted to kill him. But yet he also knew how to rest in the Lord where God set a table before Him and anointed him with oil in the presence of His enemies – the place of rest where freedom rules.
To rest IN the Lord means to abide in His presence. True rest is not a passive position we take with the attitude, “I will wait until the Lord does something.” This is a couch mentality not that of a victorious overcomer. No, it’s the offensive stance we take where we press into the Lord until the obstacle hindering our relationship with Him or our situation is removed. The apostle James tells us
“ Wherefore He has said, God resist the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves unto God and resist the devil and He will flee from you” (James 4:7).
To summit to God is the place where “My trust is in you Lord and I will not lean unto my own understanding.” This is the place of humility where God imparts His grace. His grace is His presence that empowers us to do that which we are not able to do. It is being clothed in His presence where we find our rest and it is the Lord’s presence that terrifies the devil!
The devil was beaten at Calvary. We resist the devil simply by submitting unto God. No matter how emotional we may be, or what we think, it’s not until we cease from striving, that from the place of rest, God moves on our behalf. This is the faith that works by love as we rest on the promises of God.
Again, rest is not passive but active, doing that which the Lord has already given us to do. As I move forward from the place of rest in God’s presence, a spiritual momentum is created. The devil is not afraid of our spiritual slogans, or theological views or biblical knowledge, but he fears those who walk in peace because it crushes him under their feet. Thus, lies the real battle – for the mind.
I have witnessed those who speak in tongues, stomp their feet at the devil, clap their hands and do acts of warfare until they are exhausted. The devil may back off for a while, but usually to watch the show, soon followed by another oppressive onslaught. But those who know their God will cause the devil to flee from them, because of the grace of God that overshadows them. (Psalms 91) Thus, our weapons of warfare are divine to the casting down of strongholds. They are mighty in God because Christ is our weapon of war (2 Cor. 10:4).
The Light of Fellowship
The fruit of rest fills the chamber of my heart with God’s eternal love. This puts a smile on my face because of an attitude change that comes from a bright outlook on life. My heart is joyful because in His presence, there is only light. The apostle John tells us that as we walk in the light of God we experience true fellowship in heaven and with one another here on earth.
“If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
It is from our fellowship with God that we find life giving fellowship with one another. It is also here in the light of God as the above scripture declares, that the power of His blood KEEPS ON cleansing us from ALL Sin. Wow – not that’s freedom. That’s the power of the blood Covenant that “purges our mind of a guilty conscience and from dead works to serve the living God” (He. 9:14).
For He that is entered into His rest, has also ceases from his own works, As God did from His (Hebrews 4:10).
Instead of feeling frustrated, I find a wonderful presence that prevails in my soul. Instead of dealing with the troubling thoughts that ebb and flow in my mind, I find mental peace renewed daily by the life of God’s Spirit. True rest is evident by the fruit of the Spirit that rules in our lives where His love has the major influence over us. His love never fails.
It is from the place of intimacy seated with Him at the right hand of the Father, that we are empowered to do all things from Him. This is what frees me to serve Him form the place of His presence in the liberty of His Spirit. This is the freedom that empowers me to minister the Spirit that brings life to others,
Who has made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter but of the Spirit: for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life (2 Cor. 3:6).
Set Your Face To Run the Course
I have found that the Lord is drawn to our hunger and He rewards those who diligently seek Him. It is the passion of a heartsick lover in pursuit of the heart of God that finds the joy of their reward – the fellowship of His presence. This is a race that requires focus and discipline -the kind of focus that drive athletes with a relentless desire to win the prize. It is this quest where God meets us with the transforming nature of His Spirit that brings real change in our lives. This is change we can believe in – more of His likeness and image.
Jesus was so focused that he set his face toward Jerusalem. With a sheer determination and with an ironclad will, He faced the cross for the joy that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). We too must preserve until we experience a spiritual breakthrough and reap the joy of His glory that is our reward.
The back of the devil was broken at Calvary. It is this finished work by Christ at Calvary that we enter into His rest, and from the place of rest, we work. The scripture tell us “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). What Jesus began on the earth He is performing through His people. We march forward from the place of victory to restore, redeem and recover that which the enemy has stolen. We are the rightful heirs. Again, it is finished.
Rise and Shine
Satan has come to rob, steal and destroy. But great is our victory in Christ. Remember the word of the Lord through His prophet Isaiah who declared the triumphant sound, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper Lord” (Isaiah 54:17). And the Lord’s commandment to Joshua, “Be strong and full of good courage.”
Friends, this is not the time to be passive. Its high time to awake and put on the armor of light that is ours in Jesus Christ. It is time to rise and shine for our light has come. God’s light is greater than darkness, His love never fails and it is the peace of God that crushes Satan under our feet. But most of all, it is His peace, love and joy that rules in our hearts and minds that is our inheritance and our blood bought freedom to live the more abundant life that is ours in Christ.
“Now thanks be unto God who always causes us to triumph in Christ and manifest the sweet aroma of His knowledge of Christ in every place (2 Cor. 2:14).
What aroma is the fruit of your life revealing? Are you troubled with stinking thinking or by a troubled heart? “Let not your heart be troubled nor let it be afraid,” Jesus said, “For I have overcome the world.” Rise up and with the voice of victory proclaim your freedom “Christ has risen and He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings.”
Let the sound of freedom ring!
In His heart and love,