Freedom is not free. Millions upon millions of men have died fighting for their freedom and the freedom of others. Nazi Germany attacked Europe in an effort to take that part of the world into captivity. At about the time of their defeat Japan bombed the United States in an effort to be the lord of the West.
John 10:10 The thief comes not but for to steal, kill and destroy: I am come that they might have life, and they might have it more abundantly.
There is no doubt in my mind the devil is the warlord, he loves to pit men against men and nation against nation. The fundamental purpose of war is to force another nation to submit to you. North Korea exists for one purpose, to make war with South Korea and the United States. The rocket man has the demon of paranoia, he has convinced his entire nation that we are plotting to get him. The bulk of his money is spent on weapons while people die of malnutrition. The people live in abject fear because he kills them for no good reason, they have no life, they have an existence.
John 8:31-32 Jesus spoke to those Jews that believed Him. You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
The Jews did not know what Jesus was talking about, they did not know what freedom was. They thought that because they were descendants of Abraham they were not subject to anyone. As descendants of Abraham they thought they were doing Abraham’s will to kill Jesus. They were indeed Abraham’s children but they did not know Abraham. They believed Jesus was a threat to their “religion” because He claimed to be one with the Father. They had never met a righteous man before, they couldn’t know the righteous are one with the Father. They truly believed they were justified to kill Jesus, they believed it was God’s will.
John 8:44 You are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father you will do, he was a murderer from the beginning.
So, when Jesus was talking about getting the Jews free, He was thinking of the demonic powers. They had no clue who was forging their thoughts, plans or ideas. People who are controlled by the devil do not know who is pushing their buttons. It is so natural to them, it’s as if they and the devil are one and the same. Unfortunately, many of these folks will never meet the devil until its too late, they will abide in his home forever. No man can be truly free until his bond with the devil is broken. If they would have listened to the teachings of Jesus, the devil would have been exposed. There are a lot of things we don’t know about ourselves and we never will until we know God’s Word. God’s Word is like the parents of a child, it tells that baby who they are and why they were born. Jesus had to die in order to get us free, He was the only one who would do what He did. Freedom is not free, it requires the blood of those who are free.
February 9, 2020
Father, I am a tither, I know all the tithe belongs to You.
I know now that if I will obey You, You will open the windows of heaven and You will pour out my blessing.
I will be able to sow seed and You will rebuke the seedeater.
I thank You for revealing this to me. You take pleasure in my prosperity. I take pleasure in Your presence.
January is a month of fresh starts. It brings a “Do Over” mind set. Our commitment level is high. But by February we can already begin to lose momentum. Some areas we may have purposed to challenge ourselves are waning or we are stuck in the “planning” stage.
Strengthening our bodies
(To name a few)
The good news is we don’t have to do this all by ourselves. God says where two or more are in agreement. This month we purpose to pray for one another that we will faint not.
God is the one who began this good work in you, and He will complete it.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for we will reap the harvest if we don’t give up.