“Awake, Awake, O Zion, clothe Yourselves with Strength. Put on your garments of Splendor, O Jerusalem, the Holy City. The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again. Shake Off your dust; Rise Up, Sit Enthroned, O Jerusalem. Free Yourselves from the chains on your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion.” Isaiah 52:1-2
We who call ourselves Christians are servants of the most High God. He has Power over All entities, All forces, All principalities, and so do we when we walk in Him.
“God who is Able to Do Exceedingly, Abundantly, Above All, that we either ask or think, according to the Power that works in us.” (Christ Jesus) (Ephesians 3:20 KJV)
It is time sons and daughters of the Living God, to throw off the dust (your past life, your past way of being) of those things that bind you, and stop bowing down in serving; anger, jealously, greed, pride, selfishness, stubbornness, envy, hate, bitterness, gossip, gluttony, temperamental bouts, or seeking after the approval of others, and stop serving those things that come against you to deter you from abiding in God.
If you are saying to yourself, “I have tried so many times, and it never has worked.” God says to you, Your Past is Not Your Future! Your past is gone, stop dwelling in it, quit focusing on it, push it aside, and move forward in God.
In constantly replaying, reviewing; (if only I had done this, or I should have done that, then things would be different) in trying to figure out the why of things, we forget the Who of our present, and that is where the key lies in throwing off those things which keep us in chains.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
We are no longer Captives in the life of Christ, but many times we live as if we had no choices, as if we are not able to rid ourselves of those fleshly pits that keep dragging us down.
The first principle we need to learn in rid ourselves of our old way of life, to sever the chains of worldy bondages, is in actively choose to walk in this new life, by seeking God in all moments of our life. The second principle to being victorious in this new life, is in learning to daily practice applying all the Godly disciplines of Faith that Christ has provided us with; His Holy Spirit, His Word, Prayer, Worship, Fellowship with Believers.
“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
We must actively and intentionally set ourselves towards this action, in pressing in and onward, in order to Shake Off these things, and take our seat in Christ at the side of our Father. We are Heirs of the Kingdom, given full access to all that God is and has in possessing the land He has given to us!
This includes having the ability to actively choose centering ourselves on those habits that will foster our spiritual growth, focusing on the disciplines of our Faith, so those things not of Him, will slough off our inner persons and we will become the Fruit Bearers of Christ’s Life living in us, taking on His character traits and His attributes in the deepest core of our inner being.
“Then Jesus said to the Jews who believed Him, If you abide in My word, then you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the Truth and the Truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
In order to change direction, from a worldly stance to a spiritual life, we must be purposeful about charting our course to pursue those things of an eternal nature, the things that will draw us towards a Godly hunger and desire.
We hold the key for our own release, from those things binding us, through the choices we make, in a continual giving ourselves over to Him. He is calling us to let go of the struggle, in releasing ourselves to Him, that He may Raise us up to walk in His Strength, as He has Empowered us to do. When we know the right thing to do, then do it, regardless of how we feel, we are moving towards a life of Obedience and being led by the Spirit.
“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)
We are no longer to be led by our emotions. We begin taking steps in saturating ourselves in developing spiritual habits of Faith in reading and hiding His Word in our hearts, meditating on it, emersing ourselves in it, renewing our minds by memorizing passages. We find it necessary to set apart special alone time in centering ourselves in praying, nurturing this inward union with Christ, that ushers us into the heavely realms where He sits at the right hand of Father God, and we touch the hem of His garmets, and we eagerly find ourselves desiring to know Him more intimately.
We lift our hearts in rightful attitudes by our worship of Him, being grateful, thanking Him for the life He gave us and for His Faithful Abiding Presence and all His promises to never leave us or forsake us. We seek to enter into these activites both as individuals and in corporate structures as we find strength and are given fortitiude in continuing our journey, walking in the lifestyle of Christ like ness, clothing ourseleves in His Righteousness.
These habits when disciplined, will aid in assisting us in patterning our life away from the entangled webs of lies and deceptions that are keeping us trapped, moving us into spiritual dimensions of Empowered Living, being in Union with Christ.
In knowing God, we enter into purposefully taking hold of this Power God has put within us, to slay those fleshly habits to death, by His Word and in His name. We actively and purposefully flee those things that come towards us tempting us to turn back to old ways of being.
Exchanging the fleshly tug on our hearts, and giving ourselves over to the Holy Spirit who fills us; leading, teaching, and guiding us in walking in the light to be the church He has called us to be, will enable us to shine forth Christ’s Life to a thirsty and dying world.
“Since you have heard all about him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, Throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display your new nature, because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness-righteous, holy, and true.” (Ephesians 4:22-24)
We must Stand our Ground and Not be Moved in the things of Christ for His Spirit lives in Us! The Word is our guide and as understanding is revealed to us, we will be able to recognize the deeds of the flesh come in the forms that leads us away from God, and we will come to recognize, savoring those things that lead us into a deeper, more intimate relationship with our Father.
Therefore we continue seeking those things that edify, lift up, empower, and embolden us as Spiritual Beings striving to live for Kingdom values.
Christ has come to set all of us Free from the heavy yoke of this world, and loose us in the things of Christ. The deeper things He has in store for His children are discovered in seeking Holiness, in pursuing those things of a spiritual eternal nature, in spending time opening up sacred spaces in communing in Him.
No longer are we slaves chained to our past for He has come to Set Us FREE, giving us ability to live as our authentic selves. No longer do we serve ourselves, live for our desires, live for our will, but we give ourselves over to him, serving Him. We find ourselves growing in our desire to hold nothing back from the Almighty God as we discover He fills us with Himself, satifying and completing us as no one, or nothing else can.
“And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galations 5:24)
We no longer make excuses, justify, or blame others for our way of being and we stop blaming God. We do not refuse to take on the responsibility required for us to change. Taking on accountability and responsibility means we are moving into the realm where we realize We Have the Ability in Him to respond in taking action in doing the right thing. In our ability to respond, our freedom or lack of it, will depend on the choices we decide to make, for they determine our present along with the direction for our future life.
When we can come to the place in God and admit our wrongs, asking Him to help us move in a spiritual direction, then we can throw off the sin that so easily besets us and walk as new creations in aligning ourselves in His Will for our lives. Then we learn to become wise in order to avoid the traps set for us as we live in and by the Spirit’s leading.
We have an active role in what we put into our minds, what we allow ourselves to watch (movies, TV shows, videos, internet, topics of conversations), what things we think about, what we focus on, what we pursue, what activities we participate in, the people we keep company with, and the choices we make, are our own.
It is time to Awaken, Children of Zion, the most Holy City has come so that you may know the one who Loves you, the one that is drawing you into His intimacy, Jesus Christ. He pursues us with an everlasting Love. It is now time for you to Know the Power available to you in allowing Christ to Fully manifest His Love in and through you.
He is calling us to spend time communing in Him. Rid yourself of all lethargy, do not put off developing spiritual habits, digging deeper into the thngs He has in store for you, letting Him fan the fire within you into a burning flame of Godliness.
In maturing in our Faith, we learn the art of giving over our inner lives to Him; our desires, our attitudes, our prejudices, our lies, our finances, our insecurities, and all the hidden things we want to hold onto, including all those secret places in our hearts, we must be willing to give to Him.
For God sees our hearts anyway, for He knows us and has chosen us to be His children forever and He has accepted us, wiped clean our past, forgiving us of all wrongs, so that we might walk in the Righteousness in Him.
It is Time to Surrender to Him Today. Let go of all your wounds, all your hurts, all your struggles, all your pain, all your anger, all your loneliness, all your questions, all your doubts, and everything that is keeping you from living in Him.
Jesus is reaching His arms to you today. Ask Him to come into your heart and help you be the person He has called you to be. Ask for Him to Fill you with His Holy Spirit of Power who will give you the ability to walk in the midst of any circumstance this life throws at you by His Strength.
The life we live now is His life living in and through us to further His Kingdom, to empower us in the manifestations of Him, as we are the children of and Living Christ. His Righteousness abiding, residing in us!
The authority of God is present in our lives whether we use it or not. God has given us Authority in the name of Jesus to loosen the strongholds in us and in others. We must take our rightful place in Christ at the right hand of God by using this authority in Him in putting to death the deeds of our flesh and in being over comers!
“We can do All things through Christ who strengthens us!” (Phillipians 4:13)
We have been filled with His Glory, His Mercy, His Compassion, to be a Holy people! Let us so consecrate ourselves to Him that our lives show forth the Truth of the Gospel with an overflow from our hearts of His Love. Let us so walk with one another in the Power of All He has given us, that we might be people who show forth Him in all His manifestations to all we encounter on this earth.
God tells us: I have placed My hand upon you. This same hand that brings anointing, brings pressure. So, do not resist my work in you. It is a work to refine, strengthen, change, and renew you in the things of my Kingdom. I have given you everything you need to walk as a Godly person in this world. I have provided you with brothers and sisters to help you grow, to encourage, support, and pray for you. I have filled you with my Holy Spirit to Empower you in Me! I have given my Life that you might know Life and know Me!
My child you must not retreat and draw back from me. Do not hold or judge yourself according to your failures or your past, for I have poured out my Grace upon you, giving you ability to Rise Up and Defeat these hindrances in your life. You must subject your flesh until it is Your servant for it must lie down and My Spirit of Fire must Burn in a Holy Desire within you. Do not despair or become discouraged, but be encouraged in Me, for a new liberty and strength will be poured into you, giving you the strength to overcome, walking in the victory I have given you!
Our response: Search my heart Oh God, and show me anything not of you. Give me the courage to face who I really am on the inside. Help me to admit my faults and imperfections to You, knowing that You love me unconditionally and are waiting for me to let go of all the weaknesses I try to hide, so that Your Strength can be made perfect in me. Change my priorities from the outward to the inward.
Control and fear, in the name of Jesus, I Refuse to be under your bondage or servitude any longer. I am a child of God and I will no longer serve the things of this world. I will take no yoke of religion or fear of man. I am only bound alongside my Master, Jesus Christ. It is Him I will serve and I vow this day to seek after those things of a spiritual nature. I relinquish control of my life, family, friends, finances, security, and position into your hands Oh Mighty God.
It is time dear children to trample and tread underfoot every yoke of bondage, slavery and weight that you or the enemy has laid upon your shoulders. Envision any care or hindrance that weighs you down as that yoke of bondage. Lift if off your shoulders, and in your mind, throw off the yoke of control and those things controlling you and Give God the care of Everything in your life. It is time to trample all these yokes under your feet to signify the Fire of God has Broken their hold on your lives. You are Now Released to walk in Him in the name of Jesus Christ.
We are no longer slaves to fear, we are no longer held captives by the things of this world, but we the children of the Most High God, have been set loose to serve Him, walking as children of light, serving all with the humility found in Mercy, Compassion, and Love in our inner beings!
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister
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