7: 50 Days Freed

Life outside the relationship of God may seem to be all fine and normal but those who are outside his grace are living for nothing. Those who are living for nothing can and will be caught up by anything that sounds like it gives hope and freedom. But anything other then a relationship with Jesus is false hope. In reality, it can actually add more chains to their bondage and solidify the hold the enemy has on them. There is a reason we must be bold and willing to share our faith with others because they are unaware of their condition, they have either convinced themselves or have been convinced that everything is okay.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 2: 1-2
The choice that every man has to make is not easily swallowed. Many will argue that it isn’t fair that once choice determines where we spend eternity. Some hold off and make the claim I will wait for another day to make my choice, let me live my life now. Unfortunately, any choice even a delay is a choice not to accept the gift God has given to us; grace in Jesus. Some will say well if they never heard about Jesus how can they be accountable, I ask you this if you don’t take the time to tell them who then is responsible? We have been called to reach all nations with the Good news about Jesus. If every follower of Jesus took the time each day to share the love of Jesus with one person imagine the impact it would have on this world.
There are those who have given in to the darkness, either by choice or by their actions. This is a scary thought that someone would choose this, but it happens. The spirit guide, the fortune tellers, those running seances and others dabble in the occult opening their hearts and souls up to be playgrounds for the enemy. Other through acts that alter their minds, with drugs illegal or not, alcohol, entertainments and all sorts of perversions. We don’t know for sure but one might assume that those people we see on the news who choose to do some heinous crimes against women, children and even genocides may be filled with the enemy. Demonic possession and infilling are biblical and still relevant today. The enemy is covert in his operation as not to make a scene but he is using people to do some pretty sick things. I say this not to scare you but remind you that Jesus died for them to, there is freedom for those who the enemy feels he has a solid grip on.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) Ephesians 2: 4-5
All mankind is called to be in a relationship with God. It is ingrained in our very being. We work to fill this void with many things and none will truly satisfy expect him. That is why many are easily susceptible to the enemy because they accept anything in hopes of finding something. It is also why Jesus made it clear that if we free someone from being possessed that we need to show them Jesus love to fill up the hole left behind lest the demon return with his buddies find the hole open and jump back in making things much worse. You might be reading this and are like ‘I could never tell a demon to leave a man, that is so weird, or I don’t have that power’. But you do. If Christ lives in you then you have the authority he has given you. He told his disciples that with the Holy Spirit they could do the same things he did and more, they had to trust him. The disciples did cast out demons and we can too. Please don’t take this and run around town looking for people to exorcise. Not my intent for you. But be prepared that if it ever happens you are confident that Jesus has given you an authority in his name to do what must be done.
Freedom, you have it lets start sharing it. Like I said earlier if ever believer told one person a day the world would be changed. Will you accept the mission you are called to, reaching the lost at all cost? To sit idly by and expect some else to do the work doesn’t cut it anymore. We need all hands on deck, everyone who calls God their Father stepping up, young and old as there is not retirement in Christ. We who are free need to share the freedom with other.
Father, empower us to reach the lost. Prepare us for the unexpected and show us your glory. Let us not be overwhelmed by sin and despair, but encouraged that those we talk to really do desire a relationship with the creator. Motivate your people to stop helping the enemy by being lazy and start scaring him with our evangelism. When the people of God stand up and start working on the mission he will tremble and go into defensive mode. It is time for the children of God to go on the offensive and spread the kingdom to all nations, including our friends, family and coworkers. Use us to show freedom to others. Amen

6: 50 Days Freed

There are some who have taken the freeing power of Jesus and created a system where they use their freedom as an excuse to sin. Why shouldn’t I have the freedom to do whatever I want, I am forgiven for it. This mentality may work for a moment but to create a life and routine reveals the heart of the man. One can only dance around in the snake pit so long before they are bitten.
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Romans 6: 1-2
The grace extended to us on the cross was sufficient to cover all our sins past, present and future. But it was never meant to become an excuse to sin. The power of sin was defeated but sin will not be completely destroyed until the day the enemy is thrown into the pit of fire and the new heaven and new earth are put in place. As Paul writes to the Romans we don’t need to dabble in sin to prove the grace of God. He displayed that already for us on the cross and when we accepted his forgiveness.
When we accept Jesus as our savior and redeemer his grace removes the sin that we give him to remove. We accept his grace but there are times where we hold on to sin and tuck it away trying to hide it from him. Those secrets that “he doesn’t need to know about” are not really hidden from him. If we don’t give them to him it becomes like a cavity, it may not bother us right away but one day if not treated will become an unbearable pain we will have to deal with, it will be exposed. If we do not deal with it then the temptation to live in sin will be increased.
Before we accepted Jesus we were living in a cheap motel room, when we turn our lives over to him he checks us out of that flea-bitten motel room and checks us into a 5 star hotel. So why then do we insist on returning to the cheap motel room? It could be because we feel comfortable there, or all our stuff is still there. Jesus asks us to leave that all behind. He promised life and life abundantly, we need to stop clinging on to the things from our past that kept us from him. This doesn’t mean we have to change our personalities to follow Christ, our uniqueness is a trait of God. But we need to leave behind all the things and traits that cause us to sin. To use an old cliché, we need to Let Go and Let God. Let go of the things that work to hold us back from our new life in Christ, and let God show us how to live life in freedom. You won’t be disappointed with your choice.
As you read this today I am asking you, are you living life anew and fresh in Christ? Or are you trying to incorporate your old life, walking through the same snake pit you were before accepting his grace? Maybe you haven’t accepted his grace yet but have heard all about it and want to. This could be your first time hearing that Jesus loves you and wants to connect with you. Whatever the case I pray that you will see God for who he is and that he loves you. The creator of the world loves you and completed a plan to free you from sin.
Father, I pray today that those reading this will step out of sin and live lives aimed at walking with you. It isn’t easy and we all make mistakes, but we choose to follow you. Thank you for your grace and how it has freed those who accept it. Move among your people to share this grace with others by telling them about you and inviting them to church. For those reading this who have not yet experienced your love, I pray that even today they will experience you for who you are. Use me today. Amen

4: 50 Days Freed

The bondage of sin that entered the world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God did not just affect mankind. The whole creation was placed into bondage slowly starting a cycle of decay. Adam was entrusted to take care of the earth, look after all that was in it, that was his to be his main priority in life. When sin entered his priorities changed from looking after the earth to looking after himself and his family.
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. Romans 8:20-21
There is a reason that people are determined to fight for the planet. We have an innate characteristic that binds us to this earth, one to take care of it and protect it. Not because we are bound by it, but because it was our original role. Many have taken this to extremes, worshipping the creation over the creator. The earth was made for us to use and maintain but never to worship. It was meant to point us to the creator God showing us he loves us so much to give us such beauty.
The earth worships God, the earth itself is not an entity or being but nature is connected to the creator. If we won’t worship the rocks will cry out. The earth moans in the wake of childbirth. These references may sound human-like, but they resound of an earth trapped in bondage waiting for the day it gets back to the original plan. Revelation promises that when Jesus returns he will set his kingdom here on a new earth. This earth will not be destroyed but reborn. Restoration of the way it was, the return of the Garden, a revival of animals gone extinct. My thoughts anyways, but when freedom comes the natural disasters that plagued us now will be gone. The earth settling down and finally able to rest and spin with peace.
How does the freedom we hope for the earth relate to us? This bondage that was put on the earth is put on us. Whether we choose to believe it or not. The earth only has to look forward to its realise from this bondage. It cannot get any relief until that time. We, on the other hand, have been given the answer to our bondage problem. Jesus has provided a way free from the bondage of sin. We no longer have to stand idly by and wait for the freedom we can take hold of it in our lives and start living free. Once we have been set free we must make it our life’s mission to share it with others. If we don’t who will? Don’t expect someone else to do what God is calling you to do. Free people can free people.
Father, I pray that today you will rescue others from this bondage of sin that is holding people down. Work in their hearts to accept the freedom Jesus has for them if they would only humble themselves and ask him for the forgiveness of their sin. Motivate those who are believers to share their faith with others. Help us as caretakers of this earth to respect it and keep it healthy as it too is struggling under the weight of sin. Come soon Jesus and set up your new earth. Amen

2: 50 Days Freed

Why do we need to be concerned with being free? For those living in a country where slavery, as we envision it, has been a thing of the past; grasping what it means to be a slave is not easy. Many have been caught up in the enemy’s deception that the world wasn’t created by God. In that scenario there is no original sin, no bondage to this world. So in essence there is no reason to believe we are in slavery to something that doesn’t exist. But just because we don’t believe it doesn’t make it true.


It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourself be burdened with the yoke of slavers. Galatians 5:1


Looking back to the beginning, God made man and woman and declared that they were good. In fact, he put us above everything else he created and said it was very good. He had a relationship, a direct connection with Adam and Eve, they walked and talked in the Garden.  He gave them responsibilities to care for the garden, name things, only giving them one restriction to follow. One day mankind would choose to disobey God. We often hear that words can’t hurt us, but the enemy used words that day to forever change history. The moment Adam and Eve disobeyed Gods command we were put in the bondage of slavery to sin.


IF that was the end of the story then everything else we do wouldn’t really matter. If God had that day said ‘okay nice knowing you, you are on your own now’ I truly think we would be extinct by now. But God had other plans for mankind, he had an idea that this was going to happen, and he had a plan. Don’t think for a moment that God was caught off guard by what Adam and Eve did. Like any parent he was hoping they would stay away from this temptation but when they didn’t his plan to redeem them started. God gave us free will so that we would make the choice to follow him and make good choices, but with making good choices we also have the ability to make bad choices. God never made us to be puppets to control. We have an important role to make choices.


Because of the choice that was made for us we are born into the slavery of sin. Sure, it sucks that the choice of two people over 5000 years ago affects our eternity but thankfully for us it we can break free. God’s plan to set people free was one that took almost 3000 years to fulfill but in that time,  he help mankind understand what sin was and why we must be freed from it. God played an intricate role in freeing us from sin. He sent his Son to earth as a man to live among us. (sometimes hard to grasp, but God unlike man, is three persons in one, God the Father, God the Son or Jesus and God the Holy Spirit, yet still all God.) Ultimately God came to earth to walk with us again. He did everything that those around him did, yet he did not sin, as he was born without sin. When he was taken, beaten and died on the cross he took on the sins of the world. Not just the sins that were of the people of that time, but past present and future sins, all sin was put on him. Almost like a magnet it was drawn to him as he was sinless.


If it was to end there one might think that would be enough.  God removed from us what we did to ourselves. Yet it wasn’t enough, Jesus dead for three days, many theorize what happened those three days, but does it matter? He rose from the dead, no Dr. reviving him, not a person praying for him, he rose victorious over the bondage of sin. All the sin that was heaped on him destroyed he was freed from the bondage that tried to hold him down. But why then if Jesus is the victor over sin are we still in bondage to sin? Why didn’t Jesus just remove it from the earth then and there? Remember we mentioned free will above? God desires to have a relationship with each and every man or woman on earth. To remove sin would have returned them to that relationship, but the choice would have been God’s and not mans. Sin remained as to give mankind a choice to follow Him. This choice is made by accepting what Jesus has done. We accept that he died for us and that our yoke of sin is removed.


So how can you be freed from the bondage of sin? By asking Jesus to free you of it. Asking him to become your friend and guide your heart. Talking with him daily and he will show you how to live a life of freedom. Then you can show the world his love. Free people can free people.


Father, thank you for giving us free will. It may feel that your playing with us, but the truth is you love us so much that you gave us choice. I choose to follow you with everything I am. Help me to share this freedom with others. Thank you for the choice you made to redeem us from our bondage of sin. Reveal yourself to the world through your people. Amen

Picture from John the Baptist Art

1: 50 Days Freed

What does it truly mean to be freed? Many will read that and think free from oppression and/or prison. Some may have recently watched a movie dealing with being sexual freed or freed from a person who has been controlling them. Freedom in this physical world comes in many forms. But what does it mean to be freed in Christ? The bible has many stories and life lessons about freedom. Over the next 50 days or so we will be looking into what it means to be freed in Christ.


For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ.  1 Corinthians 7:22


Here in a letter to the church in the city of Corinth, we see Paul writing about being freed. This is one of those verse in the bible that when read can be quite confusing. I mean look at it, we who accept Christ are now free, yet those who were free who accept Christ are now servants of Christ? How is that relevant. Isn’t that trading one form of slavery for another?


The slavery to sin that we are under before we have accepted Jesus is not an easy life. Not every person who is a slave is beaten down. Some are not even aware of their bondage. Many have come to just accept it or even embrace their chains. There are those who grew up in the church, once accepted Jesus gift and left willingly putting the chains of bondage, thinking that it was freeing themselves. But there is a vast difference in what the bondage of sin offers you and what the freedom in Christ gives. Becoming a bondservant of Christ does not mean trading one boss for another. Your sinful master is ready and willing to heap more pain, suffering and burdens on you to keep you from finding freedom.  Jesus said let me take your burdens and trade them in for something better.


To be a bondservant of Christ is to freely go into service. He doesn’t want a conscripted group of followers, that’s why following Jesus has to be an individual choice. Something that changes in your heart and pushes you to walk out of the slavery you are in into the arms of a Savior, your family redeemer who already paid your debt that had you in slavery to begin with. Many find this freedom and quickly realize that the servanthood Christ asks for is not always easy but you quickly realize that you are not alone. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to give you strength and wisdom to accomplish the tasks assigned. In Christ you are stronger than before and able to accomplish amazing things.


Today as we begin to walk this path to a freed life in Christ, I pray that you will share these messages to those around you. Either by sharing this blog or via word of mouth. We as freed people can make a difference in this world, showing others how to break the bondage of sin. Free people can free people has been a quote that has been in the front of my Bible for many years, not because it is a catch quote but because it is so true. We can no longer keep this freedom to ourselves, there is a world out there that needs to be freed and we need to be active in sharing the love of Jesus.


Father, I ask that today you motivate those who call themselves your servants to rise up in your freedom. Unite them in the mission of reaching the lost to their families, neighbours, coworkers, and friends. Let not an opportunity pass them by, give them words of wisdom to know what is needing to be said in those moments. The freedom we have in Jesus is not meant to be kept to ourselves and we ask for forgiveness if we have been selfish and keeping it to ourselves. No more. We need to be men and woman of action spreading your love.  It is time for us to stand up to our calling to tell others how to be freed. Amen



Has God freed you from anything? I would love to hear your story or comment on how God has Freed you. Or maybe you need some prayer. I would love to pray for you, that  God would provide the freedom that you need.


Picture from John the Baptist Artworks

Day 47: 50 Days All In

To have a relationship with God, the Bible uses the symbolism of a door to our hearts. This reflects that if we want to have a relationship we first must open the doors of our hearts to it. Jesus isn’t like the S.W.A.T. team ready to bombard your life when you least expect it. Patiently and without fail he is waiting there for you. There are times when it feels like the knock is louder than others, this I believe can be true because we may have become good at blocking the knocking out, but someone telling us about Jesus brings the knocking to the forefront of our hearts. This is the feeling you get when you’re at church and the minister gives a salvation prayer and your heart is beating a mile a minute wanting to make the choice to follow God, yet something in your head says ‘RUN’. So, you ignore the knock and go on with your life. God desires an all in relationship with you, maybe it is time to open the door and experience the love of Jesus.
“We all arrive at your doorstep sooner or later, loaded with guilt, our sins too much for us— but you get rid of them once and for all.”
Psalm 65:2 MSG
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Revelation 3:20 NIV
Jesus is knocking at the doors of every human being on this earth. He loves every single person alive and has a strong desire to meet them. He loves you and is knocking at your heart looking to come spend time with you. Have a relationship with you.
One of the problems we have is we have loaded the hallway to the door full of our guilt. We can’t see that there is a doorway yet alone hear someone knocking. Ideas and false teachings muffle out the call of the true saviour, feeding us untruths which keep you away from Jesus. Some believe they must clean themselves up before they answer the door and invite Jesus in, this just isn’t the case, he wants to meet you as you are. He will work with you to clean up after, why struggle to clean it up alone when he is offering to help.
Others feel if the let him in he is going to start condemning them for all the things they have done and collected in their lives. He promises to forgive you of your past and work with you to create a better tomorrow, showing you things, you will willingly throw out of your life when compared to the love of Jesus. Why would you wear dirty rags when he is providing the best clothing possible?
Still, others have just not heard anything about him. They live their lives oblivious that there is a problem called sin and that life as they know it is all there is. No one has ever shared the love of Jesus. The church to them might be a place people go a club of sorts for the weak-willed who get suckered in and throw away their money.
Lastly, others hear yet they feel that he couldn’t possibly be calling them. Voices telling them that Jesus is fine for others, but he wouldn’t have time for you. These are voices from the enemy whose main goals are to keep you spearhead from Jesus. Fight those voices, climb over everything that is in the way of you opening the door, rip it open and meet the man who died for you so that you may live.
Jesus is knocking at your door today! Will you listen? Will you fight against the voices that tell you he isn’t? Jesus loves you. He cares for you. He will heal you, spiritually, physically and mentally. He will bring peace and joy. Life as a follower of Jesus isn’t all rainbows and ponies, but it will change your heart and give you an eternal perspective that you never had before. God’s plan for you is to have an all in relationship with him. What is holding you back from experiencing this?
Jesus, there are those reading this that need to hear your knocking at their door. It is there yet they have blocked it out with so much other stuff that it is very faint. I ray that it will start to get louder as they lean their ears to hear it. Let it be persistent in their hearts. They need to feel your love from believers and know that you truly love them. Reveal yourself to them today. Let me be a light to them as well. They matter to you Jesus, so they matter to me too. Amen

Day 46: 50 Days All In

God desires to have an all in relationship with every human, that was the original purpose. When sin entered the lives of man, His mission did not change, He still desires to have the same relationship. For awhile He arranged that it must be through obedience and rules. Some of these rules were such that it felt impossible to follow. We believe He did this as to show us that without Him involved we cannot cleanse ourselves of the mess we are in. But when the rest of the plan fell in place we see that He made an easier way for us to have the relationship restored
For God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. 1 Peter 2: 19-20a
Jesus, coming in the form of a sinless baby, was raised by loving parents, taught the disciples of who he was and his purpose, was crucified whilst still sinless, and rose again to bridge the gap between God and man. This bridge is one that promises that we can experience the same relationship that Adam had in the garden where he communicated and walked with God. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the light, no one comes to the Father but through me” John 14:6.
To be in the will of God is to look at the mission. The mission has always been the same. Jesus commanded us to continue the mission in Mark 16:15-16. If we as believers are purposefully following the mission which we are commissioned to fulfil then God is pleased with what we do, and we can expect to be treated unjustly.
Does your life reflect the fact that you have an all in relationship with God? Do the people around you associate you with being a follower of Christ? How we carry ourselves and act around other people says so much about who we are. When we build up our church and the love of the family of God, it will draw people in. If our actions don’t match our words it will, of course, turn people off to our message and who wants to go to a place where no one is happy or there is no joy? We need to be involved in the health and life of our churches, sharing the exciting things that are happening with others.
Are you committed to the mission? Does your heart cry out for an all in relationship with him? The church you attend is not there to satisfy your needs but to be a lighthouse to those who are looking for the same relationship you have. There is freedom from sin for your family, friends, co-workers and people you meet walking down the street. But if we don’t tell them about Jesus or invite them out to meet our family, they will never know about it. They will continue to walk around oblivious to the fact they are separated from God. God desires to have an all in relationship with you just like he did with Adam and Eve. One where He can walk and talk with you bonding and working with us here on earth. I ask again; Are you committed to the mission?
Jesus, thank you for dying for our sins, creating the bridge that reconnects us with the Father. Thank you for washing away our sins. I pray Jesus that you will ignite the hearts of your people here in Canada to your mission that you have commissioned us to. Let us set aside the apathy and realize time is short, people are dying and going to hell and need to know that there is another way. They need to experience you, Jesus. Awaken your church family from the malaise that has crept into our families and shake us up. Help us set aside our pride and egos and start focusing on reaching others. Remind us that church isn’t about satisfying our needs but reaching others. Help us to show others your desire for an all in relationship with them. They matter to you so they matter to me. Amen