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Friday, April 4, 2014

Receive Him and Receive Freedom

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10-11, NIV).

“To know Christ and the power of His resurrection” takes on a powerful meaning when you battle something in your life over which you have no control. In other words, your stronghold. If you study His Word and continually seek Him in prayer, you will enter a deeper intimate relationship with the Lord. As you grow in understanding of His love for you, you will also grow to understand His amazing sacrifice that made such a great love possible. “To participate in His sufferings” means that you surrender to whatever is necessary in your life to mold you into His creation. “You become like Him in death” when you die to your own self–to your own sinful desires. You are resurrected into new life when you continually receive His life. Then you will discover His power that sets you free.

Christ longs for you to experience healing, and to be free from that which binds your heart, mind, and spirit. You do not have to be bound in fear that your stronghold is everlasting. It isn't. He is everlasting, and His promise of deliverance is true. He love is incredibly powerful, and He promises that you will have a sound mind and spirit (2 Timothy 1:7). Persevere in seeking Him, and knowing His Word, and you will receive deliverance. “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10:35-36). Don't ever give up. You will receive His promise. He is faithful.

Daily confess your stronghold to the Lord. Ask for Christ’s forgiveness. Study the Word and grow in knowledge of His truth. Apply faith to what you have learned from the Word in order to overcome your stronghold. Maintain an intimate and vital relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer. Share with others what Christ has done for you. This reinforces your faith, and reminds you daily of God's power.

Your path to freedom from your stronghold resembles a fingerprint. It is not exactly like mine or that of anyone else. Yet the truth found in God’s Word is the same for each Christian. It accomplishes exactly what God sends it to achieve (Isaiah 55:11). Complete deliverance waits when you are ready to begin your own personal journey. You shall experience the love that sets you free, when you seek the heart that died for you.

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