“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (expose) them.” (Ephesians 5:11)
This devotional is going to hit home for some of you. It’s going to be that “thing” that you were looking for … for perhaps a long time, in order to help you “get out” of that deep slumber that you have been walking in.
Oh, if only that woman who killed her five children recently, had read this devotional! Oh, but friend, if you know someone who is in need today, please don’t hesitate to pass this on to them. It could save them, and their loved ones, endless torment, pain, and suffering.
Now let’s begin.
Today, we are talking about the whole issue of freedom. I’d like to say that you KNOW you have it, when you are ON FIRE FOR THE LORD. That is quite a simple and plain statement, but I think it’s a good definition of what TRUE freedom is all about.
True freedom is about doing God’s will.
True freedom is about not worrying about what other people think about you when you KNOW you are doing God’s will.
True freedom is being outwardly, and inwardly, righteous, in the midst of doing God’s will.
True freedom is experience a deep, abiding, completely satisfying PEACE in the midst of doing God’s will.
True freedom is JOY in the midst of doing God’s will.
Now, let’s sum up that definition with a passage of Scripture.
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17)
Now, friend, please consider carefully, DO YOU HAVE THIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND JOY?
If not, there is a reason.
Number one, you’ve got to be a Christian to experience it (sorry, it just doesn’t work any other way). The promises of God are to those who TRUST AND OBEY God. Make it your AIM to DO THAT NOW! (You surely won’t be disappointed, because God is a good God!) Notice Romans 14:17 qualifies this “righteousness, and peace, and joy” to those who are “in the Holy Ghost”. That means you MUST be a follower of Christ, because, as we read in John chapters 14-16, and Romans 8, and Ephesians 1 (and others), the Holy Spirit is only given to those who will follow Christ! Praise the Lord!
Secondly, if you’re NOT experiencing this “righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” but you ARE a Christian, something is wrong, my friend! You are being deceived.
Today, I show you a way to CLEAR THAT UP FOR GOOD so that, if you ever get into the bind of being deceived, and losing your peace, which is your rightful inheritance from God for being a follower of Christ, then you will be able to GET IT BACK IN JUST A FEW SECONDS OR PERHAPS A MINUTE AT THE MOST.
It’s time for some practical, good, advice. Thank God this came to me through other people, and through the Holy Spirit, otherwise, I’d be boasting about it myself. But no, this does not come from me. I have nothing to boast about. But I would like to show you a practical, down-to-earth, method, that will help you in your DAILY walk of faith to LIVE in that freedom that God has called you to. Trust me, it’s easy. It’s practical. It will save you a lot of headaches. And it would have surely spared that woman and her five children the awful tragedy that befell them — I would not want to be that woman now, but God can even forgive that woman, praise the Lord!
It’s time to get out a piece of paper and a pen or a pencil. Failing that, if you don’t have these around, I want you to use the tabletop as an imaginary writing surface — because that will do, as well! — and use your index finger as the pen! Anything to get the flow working … anything to be able to “expose” before God and to yourself what needs to be exposed!
Now you who are not enjoying righteousness, joy, and peace, in the Holy Spirit, but you ARE a follower of Christ, and you DO obey him, here’s what I want you to do:
Take that pen that is in your hand and write down all of the thoughts that are in your head.
You might say something like this:
“I feel very sad right now. I’m not happy. I feel lonely. I feel disturbed. I feel awful.”
You would say this, because you’re NOT filled with the Holy Spirit, though you ARE a Christian. So these “awful” thoughts are upon you.
What are we doing?
We are exposing what’s in your head, that’s what we’re doing. You are confessing it. You are bringing it before God in a very practical way. In fact, you are finding out something that you never knew was even there, because Satan was so successful in hiding that from you … those lies have been roaming around in your head a long, long, time, and you were being held captive by them! But now it is time to GET THEM OUT AND GET FREE, praise the Lord!
By WRITING DOWN all of those thoughts, you are exposing the enemy’s lies and he cannot hold on any longer.
But remember, you’ve got to AGREE that these are not right — you mustn’t be like that person who was so full of self-pity that when they realized they were so full of self-pity they just held on to it and said, “Well, that’s just me!” No, no, no! You must forsake all of that!
Because you are a Christian, once you have exposed these lies, you must immediately be willing to FORSAKE them and “LET GO” of them. You will have then “confessed” them before God and the Holy Spirit will immediately fill you with his peace and righteousness and joy once again, because you are no longer voluntarily “holding on” to these lies, which Satan is using to keep you all bound up.
Believe me, this works! Why does it work? It works, because it’s a practical application of God’s word.
God word says to expose the lies (Ephesians 5:11). And that’s what we’re doing. We’re exposing them, and “putting them on the table” right where they belong. My friend, they DON’T belong up in your head. It is because of LIES that that woman killed her five children. I’d like you to think about that. What lies did she believe? Lies that it was okay to kill. And a whole host of others. My friends, her actions were the logical consequences of the lies that she was believing. She could have confessed them and not done those horrible crimes! The Holy Spirit would have GLADLY filled her if she had but renounced the lies of the devil! Even today, my friends, God can and wants to fill that woman! He will fill any sinner who comes to him and confesses their sins to him, praise the Lord!
You do want to be set free in your mind, and walk in righteousness, joy, and peace, don’t you? Don’t let the devil keep a grip on your mind any longer. Expose his lies by writing them down, and you’ll see immediately that God begins to speak to you once again!
PS I did this once when I was feeling quite down, and I didn’t even know that the “lie” was up there, stirring around in my brain, but when I began to write down how I was feeling, all of a sudden I looked at it on that piece of paper, and, lo and behold, I knew it was a lie from the enemy that was keeping me bound! When I wrote it down, and saw it for what it was, and therefore confessed it, all of a sudden, the Holy Spirit began to FILL ME RIGHT UP AGAIN, and I was ON FIRE AGAIN! Praise the Lord, the devil can’t keep a child of God bound, and he can’t keep you bound, either, if you will apply these principles.