DELIVERED BUT NOT FREE II

 

DELIVERED BUT NOT FREE II

You could be delivered and still remain in bondage. Deliverance could mean the movement of a person or people out of physical or geographical oppression. It is usually carried out by a deliverer. Some external persons must be involved in their physical or spiritual deliverance.

Freedom on the other hand is self-liberation. Any form of liberation that involves a second person can best be described as deliverance. Self-liberation is freedom.

We owe it a duty to ourselves to receive all the help we can access from others for deliverance. What we do with the tools of deliverance to and for ourselves brings FREEDOM!

Jesus said: 'You shall know the TRUTH and the truth shall MAKE you free' John 8:32
Freedom is internal but deliverance is external. Col. 1:13 Rom. 12:2

Consider this scenario: Your mom is a Ghanaian. She left the shores of Ghana for American when she was pregnant and gave birth to you in America. After several years you decided to return to Ghana after you got to know of your Ghanaian background. The movement from America to Ghana is not the real deal, it is replacing the American culture in you with the Ghanaian way of doing things that is the real challenge.

Our first parents, Mr. & Mrs. Adam lived in the very presence of God. They were carriers of the life of God (Zoe). Their spirits were their primary sense. Every information they had came to them through their spirits. They lived a full and very fulfilling life. Life, to them, was from the spirit to the physical. They lived in power.

All of these things changed when they decided to doubt God and trust the serpent (the Devil). It was in this new state that we were born into. So like the Ghanaian woman who gave birth to the son in a different country, we were also born slaves under Satan's dominion. We were slaves to sin and spiritual death (Satan's nature).

After hearing the gospel, we trusted God again and moved out of darkness into the light, and yet we have a huge lifetime responsibility to move darkness out of us. This is the whole essence of this blog, FREEDOM!

It involves pursuing knowledge of the truth, revelational knowledge, the Rhema or the keys of the kingdom of God.

Each human being needs deliverance from sin and Satan's nature (spiritual death), which is the essence of the gospel of salvation. Only Jesus offers that, no one else:

"There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved." English Standard Version

If you have not personally committed your life to Jesus Christ yet, then those shackles of spiritual slavery are still around your spirit. Come to Jesus today. Say this prayer: Father, I am a sinner and a slave to the devil but today, I come to you. Please save me, wash me with the blood of Jesus, and fill me with your Spirit of Truth. Thank you for saving me, now I know I am born again, Amen.

30 "As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:30-32

You have received the rest that comes from Christ. It is now time to pursue after the rest that comes through revelational knowledge. May the Bible and the Holy Spirit of Truth be your guide.

Kindly read my first blog (KNOWLEDGE, SOFTWARE FOR HUMAN BEINGS). Second blog (DELIVERED BUT NOT FREE)

DELIVERED BUT NOT FREE I

 

FREEDOM FROM CAPTIVITY

DELIVERED BUT NOT FREE

It is one thing to be delivered and a totally different thing to be made free. There is no form of bondage as imprisoning as internal or mental bondage. One can walk out of prison after serving his/her jail term and yet the imprisonment of his mind is not broken for a lifetime. It is sad to say that many walk out of prison as free men but the prison never walked out of them.

'For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains'. Nelson Mandela

Freedom is more internal than external. Until what we walk away from, walks out of us, we are not free yet. The Israelites had served in Egypt as slaves for over 400 years. Moses, their deliverer, did a great job when he caused them to walk out of Egypt. Moses, however, had the shock of his life when he discovered that the people were willing and ready to offer anything to go back into their land of slavery.

Whatsoever any Freedom Fighter does for you is to give you an incentive to begin to pursue your own personal freedom.²⁸ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ²⁹ Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. ³⁰ For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11 (KJV) (Emphasis added)

Jesus promises rest to those who come to Him then He quickly adds that there is a dimension of rest that YOU must find through learning- that is internal or mental freedom.

John 8:30-32

Again Jesus addresses those who believed Him and had received the first dimension of rest from Him that there is another dimension of rest that is only available to those who make time to study the scriptures. Such people will come to discover the truth, which has the power to make them free. Jesus is saying in effect that, 'I have delivered you out of the kingdom of darkness. I have delivered you out of the will. But I have not delivered the world out of you. The world is still you.'

This next-level rest dimension of freedom is available for all but only accessible through a studious life. Even though you have been delivered out of a kingdom of darkness, it would take a studious life to be free.

It is not enough to believe in Jesus Christ. It is not enough to be born again. It is not enough to submit your life to Jesus after you are born again. After you are saved, you need to study. After you are saved, you need to sit down and study the word until it becomes your daily habits.


So God delivered us and gave us rest on the very day we gave our lives to Christ. You were delivered from the power of darkness. He also translated you means he carried you over, he uprooted you, he took you out of a kingdom of darkness and he planted you in the kingdom of his Son, Jesus.

Romans Chapter 12 quickly adds that you should transform yourself. Self-transformation is freedom through knowledge- knowledge of the truth.

If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, let me encourage you that you take this opportunity and submit your life to Jesus. Prayer this prayer: Jesus. I'm a sinner. I come to you because you are the only one appointed for the salvation of the souls of men. Save me and deliver me from the Kingdom of Darkness. Right my name in the Book of Life. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

You have been delivered and the next thing you ought to do is to stay with the word of God. May the Holy Spirit keep you in His word. In Jesus' name. Amen.


KNOWLEDGE, THE SOFTWARE FOR HUMAN BEINGS

 MY FIRST BLOG POST

KNOWLEDGE, SOFTWARE FOR HUMAN BEINGS

Human beings are very sophisticated creatures. Only human beings increase in value on a daily basis. You can decide to be more valuable tomorrow than you are today. A person may be less valuable today but should never be underrated.

Knowledge of any sort is software that upgrades the abilities of human beings. What you can do is determined by what you know. You can become, do or have anything in life if you are hungry enough to pursue the knowledge that empowers you.

While it is true that many successful people like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett were school dropouts, that did not stop them from pursuing knowledge and improving themselves.

These people understand that if they want to get ahead in life, they need to consistently improve their knowledge and upgrade themselves and their skills, through reading.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was a reader and a learner so he improved. Late at night he could be found reading by candlelight. He borrowed books from whoever he could. This was a habit that Lincoln carried with him the rest of his life. As President, Lincoln had the habit of waking up early in the morning to spend some quiet time reading alone reading the Bible.


Oprah Winfrey

On her website, Winfrey explained that books bring her joy and credits them to much of her success. “Books were my path to personal freedom,” .
Oprah said that she learned to read at age 3 and soon she discovered that there was a whole new world to conquer through reading. She even suggested children spend about 30 minutes on reading each day and make it a habit.

Richard Branson

Being the boss behind Virgin Group, billionaire Branson has a net worth of around $5 billion and he too is an avid reader just like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. In honor of World Book Day, Branson shared 65 books that he thinks that everyone could benefit from reading during their lifetime.

Branson said that he wakes up as early as 5am to kick start his day. He said that he would spend time reading, exercising, and spending time with his family. And this puts him in the right frame of mind to start his day productively.

Many other human of great impact and achievements never got tired in their pursuit of knowledge in their specific field of play.

You too can become a better version of yourself. Instead of submerging yourself in self-pity due to other peoples opinion about you, go to work on yourself. start learning, you will get better with time. 

Give books a chance

There is always a good reason for reading, and these successful people prove that you are never too busy to sit down with a good book.

You are missing out on several things if you have not started reading because it will enhance your imagination, train your focus and concentration, improve your memory, personal improvement, motivate you, development communication abilities, reduce stress and promote tranquility.

Reading, learning and improvement.