Isaiah 52:2 Break Free

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Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, Daughter Zion, now a captive. Isaiah 52:2 

Freedom is something that most people treasure, but very few actually have. Bondage to someone or something is a position that most people find themselves in. Some of those people are in physical bondage, while many are in a different type of bondage.

In many countries like America, most people will say that they are not in bondage or captivity. They feel as if they are free, while they are in bondage. They are in bondage to debt, jobs, drugs, habits, and ultimately sin.

Isaiah tells the people of Jerusalem to break off the chains that are holding them in bondage. They are to rise up and sit on the throne, free.

Jesus had broke the chains of sin and death when He died on the cross and rose again from the dead. With His breaking those chains, He made it possible for people to also have those chains broken.

While many believers have broken some of those chains, they still allow themselves to be bound up with chains. Certain sins are allowed in the lives of some, keeping them bound to sin.

No believer needs to be bound up by sin, but can be released. However, it is a choice that has to be made. God always provides a way out of sin, but it has to be taken.

When the believer makes a choice to shake off the dust of his past and walk with God, he will be allowed to rise up above the circumstances and have God’s Holy Spirit with him. He will be free to live for God in every area of his life with no more chains to hold him down or back.

As with every believer, you have a past that is bound up with chains and sin. Jesus has made it possible to break those chains holding you down. Shake off your past and be the new creation Jesus has made you to be. Allow the Holy Spirit to empower you to be who God has created you to be.

Do not allow sin or the past to hold you back from doing what God is calling you to do. Be the witness of His saving power. In Christ Jesus you have victory, not bondage. You do not have to be a captive any longer, but free in Christ.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to break the chains in your life; that God will give you strength to turn from all sin; and that you will rise up to do the work God has called you to do. 

Isaiah 49:9 Come Out And Be Free

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to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill. Isaiah 49:9 

Being free is something that most people desire. They want to be free to do what they want and be who they want to be.

The world is also using the phrase ‘come out’ to be what they want to be openly. People are often told to come out and be who they think or feel that they are, regardless of what others may think or feel.

In doing this type of action, the world is promoting sinful activity and setting themselves into more bondage, rather than freedom. They are bound up in sin and are not really free to live.

God calls to the Israelites to come out of their captivity and those in darkness to be free. They are called to live for God.

Over the centuries, God has not changed His call to people. He is still calling people to come out and be set free. He calls people to come out of the world and be separate from the world and its ways.

Living by the world’s standards appears to be freedom, but in reality is bondage to sin and death. The result in living ‘free’ according to the world’s ways, will be eternal death and separation from God.

Believers are to be different, set apart. Every believer is called to live a holy life just like Jesus did. They are to come out of the bondage to the ways of sin and be set free to really live life and gain eternal life with God.

Every believer, every person has this choice to make. One has to choose whether he will be bond up in sin or set free to live.

Each day you walk on this earth, you will also have to choose how you will live. You can remain in bondage and darkness or you can choose to step out and be free.

Stepping out and living for God will result in true freedom and live. You will be able to see the reality of the life of sin and the reality of what God has for you. Because of the light of Jesus in your life, you will be able to see how you are to live. You will also be able to share that light with the rest of the world.

So, come out and be free today from sin.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to follow God rather than this world; that you will come out of your sin to live for God; that God will set you free from the bondage to sin and this world.

Psalm 107:2 Tell Your Story

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Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story–those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, Psalm 107:2 

From ancient times to this day people love to hear stories. They want to hear stories that are real and stories that are not real. These stories can be filled with adventure, love, hate, war, and peace, people love them.

Stories help one person to relate to another. It helps them get a different focus on things in their life. Most stories have some type of moral to them or lesson to be taught.

Recently it is common to hear of people coming out and telling their story of bad things that has occurred in their life at some point. After years of silence they want their story to be heard. Good things are told quickly, while bad things sometimes are hidden for a time.

The author of this psalm encourages those who are redeemed to tell their story. The story is one about how God had redeemed them. Specifically it is about how the Israelites were redeemed from the enemy and released from bondage.

Every believer has been redeemed from the enemy. The enemy is bondage to Satan, sin and death. A person was bound to sin and death and was unable to break free without the work of Jesus Christ.

Being redeemed from death and given eternal life is the greatest story that anyone could ever have to tell. This is a story of war, battle, love, hate, treachery, betrayal, honor, glory, and victory. The greatest thing about this story is that it is truth. And every person has a different story of redemption to tell.

This telling of a person’s personal story is being a witness. It is telling others what Jesus Christ has done and can do for them.

Just like all the people in the bible, you have a story to tell. You had a time you were held in bondage to sin and death. At some point you had chosen to follow and believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. This is where Jesus redeemed you and bought you back for God.

You have been blessed with forgiveness and eternal life.

There is someone out there that needs to hear your story. They need the encouragement that they can have life and a release from bondage.

Be willing to go out and share your story. Tell others of what God has done for you. Be His witness today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others of what God has done for you; that you will share your testimony to every one you meet; and that you will be a witness for Jesus to this world. 

Psalm 81:6 A Removed Burden

I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. Psalm 81:6

The psalmist, Asaph, looked back on when Israel had been delivered from Egypt. While in Egypt, they had been under the heavy burden of slavery. They were not allowed to make their own decisions or live their lives the way they wanted too. It was a heavy burden to bear living like that, but God had removed that burden in the deliverance.

Although the Israelites had to deal with many different difficulties while enslaved in Egypt, Asaph lists everything as one burden. That one burden was slavery.

Although slavery of human beings by another person is still found in different parts of the world, this is a different type of slavery. Not every person is enslaved to another person against his will, as the Israelites were in Egypt.

There is one burden that every person is enslaved to, unless they have been set free. That burden is sin.

From the time of birth every person is enslaved with the burden of sin. It is a bondage that no person can escape from on his own. Someone else has to come in and break the chains of that bondage.

Many people will try to say that they are not in bondage to anyone or anything. Yet, they are unable to stop doing certain things, whether they are actions, words, or thoughts.

Think about your own life. What are some bad habits that you have in your life? Or what are some sins that you seem to do over and over?

These are the things you are enslaved to. These are the things you are in bondage to and cannot break free from on your own.

Just as God had broken the bondage of slavery off of the shoulders of the Israelites, God can break the bondages of sin off your shoulders.

Jesus is willing to forgive you of your sins, if you allow Him to and you repent. Then allow Him to take that bondage and toss it out. Do not pick up the chains of bondage to sin anymore. Be free. Keep your hands, mind and body free from the slavery of sin. Live for God.

I pray today that you will know the freedom Jesus has for you; that you will seek forgiveness of sins; that God will strengthen you to stay away from sin; and that you will live for God in every way possible in this life.