There is freedom for all, when a place is found familiar.
There is NO Fear With the Familiar
“The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” John 10: 2-5 NIV
There is a place where I go periodically to take our children, and more-or-less let them run wild. I will sit with the younger children and watch them, but the older children I am no longer concerned about and are free to come and go as they please. It is a peaceful place and thankfully-for me-I can relax and sit in the freedom of the familiar.
Sitting relaxed, and in the comfort of knowing that the children are all safe and sound-there is freedom.
While everyone can recognize the White House, only select few are FAMILIAR with it. We wouldn’t be able to find the kitchen-without a map!
When it is YOUR Own House You Will Have NO FEAR
Today, what I feel led to write about is OWNERSHIP. When we OWN a thing, and it is OURS there is no fear of it being “taken away” or “mislead”. As a mater of fact, short of it getting stolen from us-we who own things can get quite confident (borderline arrogant) in our ownership. We come and go as we please, we give others rights to enter… etc. We are NOT afraid.
As we enter into 2011, I feel the call to encourage others to begin OWNING their own lives. It is my desire to encourage you to begin to become so familiar with who you are in Christ that you can begin to walk FEAR FREE. There is no fear in the familiar- and because there is NO FEAR in the familiar, reading the Word of God MUST BECOME FAMILIAR in order for us to live FREE.
… a righteous man or woman of God CAN BE CONFIDENT IN THE WORD OF GOD FOR COMPLETE MANIFESTATION of the promises held with in it, it (the Bible) is a MANUAL for success!
Holiness is the Key To INVINCIBILITY
Living fear free is like living invincibly, living invincibly can only come from being found HOLY. Is there anything a righteous man can NOT do? Well, he can NOT be found living a sinful life (serving self first) but aside from self-gratification and personal glorification, a righteous man or woman of God CAN BE CONFIDENT IN THE WORD OF GOD FOR COMPLETE MANIFESTATION of the promises held with in it.
You want eternal life with God vs damnation? Live Holy. You want your healing? Live Holy. You desire true love? Live Holy. It really is that simple.
The point in which most people get tripped up is in their knowledge of “what is Holy”.
It is in this misunderstanding that Holiness = Perfection that people fall short of Holiness altogether, because they feel like they CAN NOT do it. Holiness friends, does not = perfection. Holiness = being found Godly minded. What does God think about what you are about to do? What does God say about what your current situation? What does God want for your life?
If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’sgiving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Matt 6:33 MSG
“You can never truly OWN or possess something, until it OWNS you.”
Make 2011 a Year of OWNERSHIP
I once heard someone say “You can never truly OWN something, until it OWNS you.” Can you imagine what would happen if it was the Word of God that OWNED you? In ’11 let us lay aside our jobs, houses, kids, family, material things from owning us. Let us surrender fully to the Word and get familiar with it. Let us choose to “OWN” our own lives (being found Holy and blameless before Him) and see what happens!
2011 A GROUND BREAKING YEAR!
What would happen in 2011 if when the sniffles came, your first response was “By His stripes I AM healed.” ? 1 Peter 2:24
What would happen in 2011 if when your bills came, your first response was “The Lord has met ALL of my needs according to His riches in Glory.” ? Phil 4:19
What would happen in 2011 if when your child goes out of the house, your first response was “I will live to see my Children’s children, and my children will live to have children of their own.” Psam 128:5 & 6
What would happen in 2011 if when you began to feel afraid, your first response was “I have not been given a spirit of fear.” 2 Tim 1:7
When you choose to live like this, in faith and laying ahold of all of the promise of God- 2011 will NOT be a “breakthrough” year- it will be a GROUND BREAKING year! A year that will start the rest of your life OVER, a foundational year GROUNDED and FOUNDED on the Word of God!
Almost everyone in the 80’s had access to a VCR, except it was seldom that people would chose to read it’s owners manual.
Living HOLY is Found in THINKING Like God
When you decide to live in God’s Word-and make it familiar-you decide to become Holy and will desire to do things in a Biblically-Moral way. The Word is convicting towards our freedom. How is this so? There is FREEDOM in the familiar. The Bible is a manual for life, when you take the time to read it and apply it, you can operate freely within its promises.
Almost everyone in the 80’s had access to a VCR, except it was seldom that people would chose to read it’s owners manual. Those who did take the time to read it- knew not just how to fast forward, play, or rewind-they knew how to record live television shows, set the clock, record while they were away and pre-program recording for shows that were coming up in the future! They were confident and skilled in the understanding of the machine and anything that involved recording or playing was possible for them!
The same thing holds true for those who know the Word of God. In the Word you will find healing, prosperity, health, the RIGHT way of living (RIGHTEOUSNESS), eternal life, freedom, length of days, longevity, wisdom, understanding, guidance, and more! When you decide in 2011 to be MORE like God and LESS like YOU… well, getting Godly results will become FAMILIAR! Here is to a 2011 that is familiar, and FREE!
God Bless you my friends, as you walk in freedom this New Year!