Luke 4:18-19 (NLT) says, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
When you choose to follow Christ, and work to become spiritually mature, your life is truly transformed over time. This verse speaks of the poor, and the blind; it is referring to the spiritually poor and the blind refers to those that do not see Jesus as their savior. The oppressed are those that are sad, brokenhearted and captive to things such as guilt, condemnation, grief, resentment, anger, bitterness, depression, fear and shame.
These are things the enemy uses to keep us in his grip. However, God frees us from all of them when we seek to live for him in everything. We live in a time where world views are gaining popularity and being pushed into our lives in everything we do, while Godly views are being pushed out and discarded.
Because of this, people are struggling more and more with the choice to follow God, out of the fear of being rejected by others. However, if we want the freedoms and blessings that living a Godly life offers, we must remind ourselves of what they are and be more concerned of what rejecting God will bring to our lives than we are with what others will think of us. We can’t compromise God’s ways to satisfy the world.
Galatians 5:1 (NLT) says, “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.”
Jesus freed us from the slavery of the law, he saved us from our sins when his blood was shed, the veil was torn, and we were given a new life through Him. Through God we are freed from guilt, shame, the pain of resentment, bitterness, expectations of others, the control of our worldly desires, and even the fear of dying.
One of the things that holds so many people back from living the joyful life that God promises is unforgiveness. The world says to forgive but never forget… but God says to forgive and never think of it again; that is true forgiveness, and it is what we are given through Christ. Unforgiveness fills us with resentment and bitterness that holds us back from God’s freedoms and blessings. It keeps us entangled in our past and can make us physically sick.
REMEMBER HIS GIFTS
Ephesians 1:7-8 (NLT) says, “he is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us along with all wisdom an understanding.”
Have you ever had anyone give you a gift that left you in awe of the kindness and thought that went into it? It is likely something that you will never forget. Yet so often we forget to stop and think of the gifts that God has given us. The gift of freedom, the gift of life after death, the gift of grace, forgiveness and unconditional love. These are gifts that nobody else’s could ever compare to, yet we forget of the sacrifice that we were blessed with in order to have them.
Nothing that the world offers will ever fill the voids you have and the desires you long for more than the gifts that living a Godly life offers you. Stop driving through life running on empty, stop filling your tank with bad fuel. Fill up with the gifts that God offers you, fill your voids and brokenness with the only thing that will truly satisfy the thirsts you have in your soul.
Allow yourself to be verified through the blood of Jesus Christ.