Today is the celebration of the birthday of a Civil Rights Leader, so I’m posting part 3 a day earlier than usual. Why? Because it’s about FREEDOM from Bondage.
REVIEW of Series:
#1 Lesson Learned: Believe the Freedom Promised
#2 Lesson Learned: Freedom Comes with a Price
Our final lesson for this series has been worth waiting for.
Lesson #3 Freedom is Worth the Wait
You’ve heard about the ten plagues. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the Old Testament, you’ve seen pictures of the frogs in the houses of the Egyptians, the lice, locust God used to convict Pharaoh and all Egypt of their sin. Not only the enslavement of God’s people but their idolatries, worshipping Pharaoh rather than Almighty God.
These plaques of punishment took time, ten plagues.
Moses and his brother, Aaron, confronted Pharaoh many times while the Israelites suffered waiting for their promised freedom.
Did they still trust in our lesson #1, Believe the Freedom Is Coming?
Certainly, they saw our second lesson, that freedom comes with a price as their slave labor continued. With each brick they labored over with the hot sun beating on their backs, swollen from whippings, the wait must have seemed intolerable.
How could they keep believing each time they heard of Pharaoh going back on his word after each plague stopped? God would allow the frogs or lice to be eradicated because Pharaoh agreed to let the people go, then he’d break his promise again. Did anyone catch God’s people whistling while they worked? NOT!
But God had to show Pharaoh, and the king was obstinate.
What About You?
Do you rebel during waiting periods? Do you stop believing when the pressure is the greatest and the trial seems unbearable? One last question, do you rejoice and trust that God’s working what’s best to bring glory to His holy name?
I can remember one time, and only one, during what I consider to be the most painful trial of my life, that I did get down on my knees, and thank God for the trial because I knew He could be glorified even though it seemed like the least likely thing ever to bring glory to him. It seemed it would drag his name in the mud. It seemed it would discredit all believers and God. I’ll never forget that room, the radio station that played the song that convicted me of my need to praise him for whatever came my way, no matter the pain I would endure. I can tell you, I felt a supernatural power enabled me to feel compelled to kneel there and thank God for that pain. Some day I’ll be totally free of the memory of those circumstances. Free at last.
SInce then, people have told me God used the trial I went through to teach them endurance. Two of those people are my own offspring. God brought glory to his name by showing his power.
Longing for Victory?
I know you long for victory in your life and I’m willing to help you achieve that. I know it’s possible. I’m offering my help as I continue myself to strive to be a winner, conquering one step at a time. If we are on this earth we’ll be struggling for freedom. For victory. It’s daily.
Jesus suffered tremendous pain and suffering at the hands of people who he came to save. He had healed people, loved them and came to free them. But in torturing and killing him they only set him free.
Christ-followers have suffered and been tortured and burned alive, leaving their children parentless, but truly they were set free by making that choice to believe and not deny his holy name.
Our wrap-up of the 3 Lessons Learned from Fighting for Freedom will be on Friday and look for your gift.
What does this have to do with health? Leave comments and tell me how it relates. From what do you need to be freed? Share with us in the footer. What struggles are unbearable. How can I help you?
Come back on Thursday, 1/19/2017 for the wrap up of this 4 part series and don’t forget, i’ll be offering that free gift on that post. Don’t forget to leave a comment.
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