Power Prayer 4 Starting Your Day

Dear Heavenly Father, 

I honor You as my sovereign Lord. I acknowledge that You are always present with me. You are the only all-powerful and wise God. You are kind and loving in all Your ways. I love You and thank You that I am united with Christ and spiritually alive in Him. 

By your grace, I choose not to love the world, and because I am crucified with Christ, I follow the teachings of the Bible, and I reckon or determine that I am indeed dead to sin and alive to God. I crucify the flesh and all its passions. I submit to God and subject my passions to the Almighty God. I thank You for the life that I now have in Christ, and I ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit that I may live my life free from sin.

I declare my dependence upon You. I surrender to You,  and I take my stand against Satan and all his lying ways. I choose to believe the truth, and I refuse to be discouraged. You are the God of all hope, and I am confident that You will meet my needs as I seek to live according to Your Word. I express with confidence that I can live a responsible godly life through Christ who strengthens me.

I put on the whole Armor of God, and clothe myself in Christ Jesus: I put on the Helmet of Salvation, as I give my mind and brain to God. I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness, as I give my heart to God. I put on the belt of God’s truth, the only truth that is truth, and I do this so that I can walk in Freedom in Christ.  I shod my feet with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace, as I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not to my on understanding, and I acknowledge my CREATOR so that He will make my path straight today and everyday. I take hold of God’s gift of Faith — The Shield of Faith — so that I will drown the flaming arrows of the evil one.  I take up the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and I am determined to wield it today because it is living, powerful and sharper than a two edged sword that pierces to the dividing of the spirit and the soul and the joints and the marrow, and it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. I take this Word up, by faith, because it makes me wise for salvation. It is God breathed. It is profitable. It informs me what God wants me to know. It tells me what God wants me to stop. It keeps me on God’s course for my life. It instructs me in the right way to live.  And it furnishes me with what I need to do the good works that God produces in me.

I now take my stand against Satan, I submit myself to The True and The Living God. IN THE NAME OF JESUS,  I RESIST the Devil,  and I command him and all his evil spirits to be bound to silence and depart from me and all my loved ones.  I present my body as a living sacrifice to God and renew my mind by the living Word of God in order that I may prove that the will of God is good, acceptable and perfect.

I pray  these things in the precious name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Chaplain Mac.

Adapted From Neil Anderson’s Daily Prayer

Praying To Cover Someone’s Six

 

Hi Y’all,

As you read this,  a whole lot of people have got a “whole lot of shaking going on” in their lives. So, I am asking y’all to help me cover someone’s “SIX.”  And right now my wife and I could use some of that “SIX” covering ourselves.  So, let’s get a whole lot of “SIX”Covering going on ALL around the world.  And if you need some help with your “Six,” Then get on board.

Let’s take Jesus seriously when HE says, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19  Don’t be surprised, if the one I am praying for, as well as my wife and me, and you all who are joining up having each other’s “SIX,” Start feeling more balanced and peaceful.

So here is what to pray as we agree together. By the way, if you are covering someone else, be sure to put their name where you see the word …
“ME”

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God Bless You

Chaplain Mac

Irma and A Bit Of Prayer Humor.

Hi Y’all,

Well we made it through the storm aka Irma. And we did some serious praying before, during, after and presently praying; however, once again I have learned the importance of really being specific in your prayer, saying what you mean and meaning what you say.

Here is an example from a few years back.  Some of you remember Hurricane Hugo of a few decades ago.  Well I prayed about that like I do now.  I always acknowledge that God rules the winds, waves and rain… or something like that … and that God is always Sovereign God who can answer “Yes” or “No” to our prayers because He knows best.  I pray for things like weather fronts steering it. I pray for God to provide upper level disturbances. I pray for windshear to weaken the storm, etc.  Well, during hugo all that happened.

However, and yet, up north in NC, on the UMC web site, they were praying, when they saw Hugo coming their way,  for God to “Keep Us In The Midst of The Storm!”  Say What?

Who would pray like that? Sure it sounds holy and all that stuff, but its asking God to keep “US.” But where is this prayer asking God to keep us? IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM!  Guess what became the “Midst” of Hugo’s CAT-4 Storm?  Yup! You guessed it! Those folks in NC found themselves right in Hugo’s midst and Hugo in their midst. Lesson learned: Don’t pray just to sound good, poetic and maybe even fluid because you will get a lot of wind and fluid right on your head in the form of drenching monsoon like rain.  Pray what makes sense to pray.  Figure out what you care about and be specific about it.  By the way, we didn’t get hugo, nor rain, nor fluid nor storm surge … nor any bad stuff.

But now we come to Irma:  Prayed for CAT-5 180 MPH Irma to be broken and be weakened by wind shear and upper level disturbances.  Sure nuff. Even though it went over 85 degree water, which usually strengthens a hurricane, it became a CAT-3.  Wind Shear showed up just in time. We prayed for it, once it hit land, to weaken, “exponentially and miraculously.” Irma did exactly that. It dropped from CAT-3 to CAT -1 dramatically with wind gust hitting CAT-2.  NOW THAT IS DRAMATIC! That IS, in my book, an answer to specific prayer! AMEN? After all it was 180 MPH hurricane Y’all.

Some lessons learned: We prayed for it to go north, and it did. It went north right over our house. There was ZERO damage, but The eye of Irma came right over our houses in Lakeland, Florida !!!! DUH! More specific praying about where it needs to go north to prevent any storm at all might be a bit more intelligent praying.  As they say on Facebook … LOL!  We prayed for God to put hedges and bubbles shields over the trees and houses our neighborhood.  All trees stood and NO homes showed ANY real damage.  Good!  BUT -THEN we  prayed for the power lines to stay up and for the trees to not fall on them. Our community power lines are all up, and so are our trees. BUT I DID NOT PRAY FOR THE SAME PROTECTION OF THE TRANSFORMERS. AGAIN… DUH!  Lesson learned. Transformers need a little love too 🙂 Guess what happened to our transformers throughout our neighborhood? As soon as the eye of Irma passed over our neighborhood, one after another,  I watched in bewilderment, as all of them popped and exploded one after the other. We then descended into darkness; however,  all our neighborhood powerlines and trees look real good … but without transformers we have no power. I laugh now that I forgot to pray a little something about the transformational power of God being the protector of transformers.  Even transformers need affection and protection from howling winds. 

Oh Well! The beauty of this is God is good all the time and all the time God is good. Keep on keeping on Y’all. And be blessed without stress.  Pray but be really clear on what you want to happen, and let God just do what God does best which is love you more than you could ever imagine.

GBY

Chaplain Mac

I Still Believe In Miracles

Some May Just Be Surprised

As you all continue to pray that this Former Cat-5 Hurricane would get wind shear, which it did, and it became a Cat-4 and then a Cat-3. And as we continue to pray that it drop in strength exponentially and miraculously it is now blowing DOWN below a Cat-2, and will enter Tampa a Cat -1. This is the latest report I observed. I am not making this up.

Keep it up People of Prayer. Some of the forecasters are admitting a bit of a surprise. HMMM? I know many won’t believe a word I have been saying over these several days, but that’s okay.

I am still praying “In The Eye of The Storm” and I am still believing that God is truly God, in the name of HIS Son, Jesus, by the Power of The Holy Spirit. AMEN! AND Hallelujah! A Cat-2 trending to Cat-1 sounds a whole lot better to me than a CAT-4.

I am also grateful to be facing this much weaker Hurricane Irma, as I trust God to maintain HIS Hedge, Bubble and Shield of protection around my family and friends who will actually believe God does such things… even today!!!!!!

God Bless You

Thank You For Praying “In The Eye of The Storm!”

Chaplain Mac

Storm Facer Meet The Storm Chaser

Mark 4:35-41(NIV)

Jesus Calms the Storm

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35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Hey, do you have any storms in your life?  I do. My wife does. All our children do. Our grandchildren do.  As a matter of fact, everyone of the people in the church I attend are facing a really big old bugger bear of a storm in a very short while. Greater still, millions of folks are about to be slapped straight on with one whale of a hurricane, named Irma, who could give each one a fairly significant scare if we let it.

Now Irma didn’t sneak up on us.  She gave us plenty of warning.  We saw her coming from thousands of miles away, and our weather forecasters kept estimating — rather incorrectly — just where this “young lady” might land here in the Great State of Florida. No, she didn’t exactly surprise us … sort of. BUT a whole bunch of us didn’t anticipate she would be where she is right now.  And this is a bit scarey getting  “sort of” surprised or caught off guard here at the last moments of Irma’s life.

By the way, don’t make the disciples’ mistake of thinking a storm like this “dear lady” has caught our Lord off guard. No, Jesus was not thrown into a heavenly tizzy about Irma’s abrupt changes in her course of life.  It is kind of like when he was sleeping in a boat once in the midst of a storm, but not because he didn’t care or was not unaware.  He was, and is, full of a thing called faith.  Just because some of us don’t feel he is steering our boat of life through its storms, does not mean he isn’t paying attention to our situations. Nor does it mean he doesn’t care, which is what the early disciples thought when at their storm they stared.  After all didn’t they ask him, “Lord don’t you care if we drown?” Sure he cared, and he knew, for a fact, that their worst mind originated horror was not going to happen. So, he actually worked things out for them. The problem wasn’t with Jesus not being ready, willing and able.

The problem was with people letting their fear focus on dangerous circumstances overwhelm their faith focus on the Lord. So, they finally focused their fear on the Lord, rather than on their own circumstances, and they asked him an honest question to which he responded in a rather extraordinary and honest way.  The end result of them having an honest conversation with him, changed their whole perspective on life. It actually changed their lives. They spoke up, Jesus woke up, took care of what needed to be taken care of, and then he also  had an honest conversation with them about their lack of faith.   Either way, he was bigger than the storm they faced.

I have a strong need to let you know something, and I hope it encourages you: Jesus is much bigger that the Cat-4 storm we face named Irma as well.

Focus the locus of your focus on Jesus. He really can help you resolve whatever circumstances you are facing. This is a whole lot better than focusing on all the stuff that makes you feel like you are not enough, and that you might just die.  Get honest with God about what is own your heart, your own life, your own doubts, even your own fears as a storm facer. As the love of my life once said very correctly, “God has big shoulders. He can take it.” Then watch God help you as the ONE who is greater than anything life will throw at you. Never forget, if you follow Jesus, he is in your life’s boat with you.  You are NOT alone. So, get honest with God, and have a “little talk with Jesus.” Your perspective and your life, eventually, may change in ways you cannot imagine.

Stay dry now. Ya hear?

Chaplain Mac.

 

Praying “In The Eye of The Storm”

Hurricane “Alley” Florida A Prayer
#PrayForFlorida
#Pray For Caribbean
#PrayForPuertoRico
#PrayForTexas

Reader:
Before the blog, click on the youtube site above, and know that
“The Lord HE IS God!”

Dear God,

It seems to be getting more “real” for we who are Floridians.  I want to thank you that we face all life’s storms holding on tight, by faith, to You who is the True and The Living God who is Almighty. And we can rest in You whom we have found to be — and know is  — our “Refuge and Strength” and who is our “Present Help in Time of Need.”

(Co-Prayers See Psalm 46 and abide with it a little while.  Build your faith.)

We trust You now as this hurricane reportedly is coming right up the the middle of Florida. O Lord, thank You that you are in absolute control. We believe in You, and we pray to You that You will continue to answer our prayers, according to Your perfect will,  even as You have already begun weakening this storm.

Now, we ask that you continue to weaken Irma, and we ask that — the second this storm hits ground — that it will be weakened at an exponential and a miraculous rate, wherever it touches ground.  Again, we know You still rule the wind, the waves, the rain and all that exists; and, You certainly will oversee we who are your children.

Guide us, we pray, in being prepared. May we be sure to do all we can to cooperate with Your protective grace.  Have mercy and protect we who are Your children who live in Florida and who are under the threat of Hurricane Irma.  Protect each and everyone of our family members, please.  We trust You to maintain,  around each of our loved ones and we who are praying, Your powerful, hedge, bubble and shield protection.  

Additionally, we ask You to forgive any who proclaim to know you, but whose focus is more about partying than praying and preparing. Like Your Son, Jesus, we celebrate life’s blessings:  We celebrate all the good You do for us, have done for us and have given to us. Thank You for life itself. Thank You for faith, family and friends, for the supply of all our needs according to Your riches in Glory! AND we thank You for the joy of living that can ONLY come from You; but, we don’t want to ever be a people who take You for granted, treat You like some “Bellhop in the Sky,” and then actually expect Your blessings on we who say we claim Your name that is above all names. We humbly ask to receive Your grace “to sow to The Spirit”  that will result in an abundant harvest of victory and blessings. Hallelujah!

Thank you, Lord, that our victory is indeed IN You,  through Your Son, Jesus,  by the power of Your Own Holy Spirit! Thank You, Lord, for loving us and for hearing our prayers! Thank You for making us recipients of Your marvelous and miraculous sustaining and saving grace! Blessed Be You Holy Name Forever!”

In Jesus Name.

AMEN!

 

 

 

 

Continuing To Pray Against Hurricane(s)

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Heavenly Father,

We humbly bow before You, knowing full well that You still rule over the winds and the waves. We also know that You can answer our prayers by telling us “no” as well as “yes.” And You know the big picture far better than we mere human beings; however, either way, we acknowledge You as God, and we acknowledge You certainly do rule over a hurricane named Irma or Jose. Their births did not surprise you.  Their present states of being are not too big for You. Then too, You will still be God, and in control, after Irma and Jose have dissipated into rainstorms, and then gentle rain, until they are no more. The weather media are indicating that this storm, Irma, is a MONSTER storm. And they are saying it will travel over heavily populated land masses. Only You know for sure. 

We pray that the land mass Irma encounters will weaken it. We pray that dry air, upper level disturbances and powerful windsheer would damage it. And we pray for the cold front, located on the continental United States, will move in such  away that the high pressure, located in the Atlantic will move east, and cause Irma to do the same in order that Irma cannot do harm.

We are in no way telling You how to be God, but we are taking advantage of Your marvelous grace promises where You have told us individually and collectively, Cast ALL our cares upon You because You care about us. And we obey and come boldly unto the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. So, we boldly pray all that we have already prayed, and we also cast our cares on you and pray “Have mercy on us O Lord! Give us a Rock-Solid Faith Foundation for facing of this storm! Diminish Irma or destroy it, please!  Move it away from Your children, our children, grandchildren, even great grandchildren and keep us safe. Please show yourself mighty in the taming of this storm.

As for me and my family, I pray You maintain, and keep around our homes, those possessions You loan to us, and even our very selves, a hedge, bubble and shield of protection and prosperity that cannot be penetrated in any way. Nor can this hedge, bubble and shield be taken down.

In Jesus Name We Pray, and We Thank You For Hearing Our Prayer.

AMEN

Our Mission: Heal The Nation… Our Sacred Duty.

The Big “IF”

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven. I will forgive their sins,
and I will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

The formula for healing a nation is laid out in these 39 words, and it begins with a BIG “IF:”  God is speaking to His people;after all, He does call them and us “my people.” He also describes us as being “called by my name.” Then God tells us four things God want us to do.

  1.  God wants us to humble ourselves.

  2. God wants us to pray.

  3. God want us to be serious about the prayer and seek God’s face.

  4. God wants us to turn from our wicked ways.

God then promises he will do three things:

  1. He promises to hear from heaven.

  2. He promises to forgive our sins.

  3. He promise to heal our land… nation.

Now I am certain that God will do whatever God promises.  If we accomplish four things, God will do what God says God will do. God will listen, forgive and heal. The problem lies with we the people of God who have a great big freedom since the beginning of time. We have free will.

So right here and right now we are at a significant cross roads, and God gives to his people a way to bring about the healing of our nation and any nation. For we who follow Christ, this is NOT about politics. It’s about something far more holy, healthy, sacred and important:  I do hope we will consider what God tells us to do, and I hope we will make the choice to participate in the healing of our nation. God is giving us the opportunity, left of center, right of center or dead center politically speaking to be a part of the solving the problem. This is a key mission for God’s people… IF we make the choice to fulfill our sacred duty.

God Bless Yours and You.

Chaplain Mac.

What Does God Want of ME? LOVE?

Beloved, Let Us Love One Another.
For Love Comes From God.
And Everyone That Loves Is Born of God And Knows God.
Those Who Do Not Love Do Not Know God:
FOR GOD IS LOVE
The Apostle John
1 John 4:7-8

Just yesterday, a young woman whom I admire, and who is on the complete opposite spectrum from me politically, asked me a question.  She seemed so distraught, and my heart was hurting for her.  She asked something like this: “What does God want?” Now, these may not be her exact words; however, I think that I have the spirit of her question.  

I responded to her, “He wants us to love one another, but we don’t seem to be cooperating with him.” Her question is perhaps one of the most important questions any person of faith should be asking right now.  I would only extend her question to ask, “What does God want of me.”  After all, the only person I can come close to having control over is me, myself and I.  And there is no way I can control what others believe, feel, want or do.  Attempting to do so will only lead me to frustration, anxiety and unnecessary pain.

What Does God Want of Me?

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From the ancient promise written at the top of this blog, one thing the Almighty wants of us is for us to know that we are beloved.  We matter to God, and God wants you and me to pass the love around. Not only are we beloved, but God clearly ask you and me to, “love one another.” If you or I are loved, we need to know it, but just as importantly we need to show it. We need to show this love we have received as God’s beloved to “one another.”  The Lord wants us to show it to our friends, our relatives, our associates and our neighbors on and off of social media.  This includes people who lean to the left, lean to the right, are sitting in dead center of the political spectrum and anywhere else in between. 

Where Do We Get This Love?

The next question is, Where do we get this love? I can tell you one thing.  You will NOT get this love from Fox, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, The Blaze, Townhall.com or The Clarion, neither from the argumentative twitter feed. Nor will you get love from the volatile political rhetoric found on Facebook or other social media.  You will not get it believing everything you read, view or hear on the news. News channels are about ratings not love. You will NOT get it from the world system that is not about love, or doing what is right. You certainly cannot find authentic love in an immoral embrace of another human being where lust is confused with love.

Love has absolutely one source:  Love Comes From God. You cannot conjure up love from the pit of your stomach.  You cannot work some magical spell like “love potion number nine.”  You cannot wish for it and get it. You cannot hope for it and get it.  You can, however, surrender to the Almighty, through faith in the Lord Jesus. You can turn from your brokenness, pain and sin, to God seeking forgiveness of your sins. You can invite Jesus into your life, and thereby receive the love given by the eternal God who “so loved the world (including you) that he gave his only biological son.” You can surrender your life to the one of whom it is said, “There is no greater love than this, that you lay down your life for a friend.” And Jesus loved you so powerfully that Jesus did this precisely for Y-O-U. He laid down his life for you so you can live and be loved.  Believe this and receive this by faith, and you are on the right track for answering this important question, “What does God want from me?”

What About People Who Are of Other Religions Or Who Have No Religion At All?

I can answer this in ONE sentence: “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son…” I think it is very clear.  God’s love is offered to every single person on the earth. Our role is no different in relating to others. 

What’s It Like To Be Loved Like This?

What is it like to have such a relationship with the loving Lord and Savior? What is it like to be loved in a way shared above? It is like being reborn: As a matter of fact, this is precisely what Jesus says. In John 3, it is a must we must do … be “born again.” When you believe this “Jesus love” is for you, and when your receive this love in you, your spirit that died, when our ancestors and you sinned, comes to life. You experience your spirit’s resurrection from the death which God warned Adam and Eve about.  This spirit is the part of us that is God conscious.  This is the part of us that gives us the love relationship with God. We no longer are just body conscious. We are no longer just self conscious or soul conscious that may lead to selfishness. We now live as folks who are beloved and God conscious, and we become empowered by the Holy Spirit to be conduits or channels of the love of The Creator of the Universe. This makes us new creations, adopted children of God, friends of Jesus, Ambassadors of Christ who receive love and have the power to give love because we are “born of God.”  And we “Know God.”

What About If We Don’t Love?

Failure to love is evidence of somethings we may not want to hear: Those who “do not love do NOT KNOW GOD.” Now the aging Apostle John did not mince words here.  He did not express half measures.  He did not say, “God will understand if you do not love others.”  I don’t think we can misunderstand how emphatically he stated God’s case.  You may have attended the finest of seminaries, be the Pastor or associate Pastor of a large church.  You may be a Chaplain, a Rabbi, a Sunday School Teacher, A Counselor.  You may be a lofty religious leader.  You may be a person who barely participates in worship or meets with others in Church on Sunday.  Or you may publicly present a Holy Joe or Holy Jane public personna. This truth of the ancient wise man, John, is straight from God. “If you don’t love, you don’t know GOD!”

WHY?

 Why is John so sure of this strong statement? He responds very quickly and says, you cannot know God if you don’t love because, “GOD IS LOVE.” If there is anything true about God, this is one ABSOLUTE Truth!  God IS Love. If God is love, and God is the Divine parent of we whom God’s adopts as children, then God certainly would rub off on us.  Children don’t really adopt values and how to behave from giving them a checklist of rules.  Their values, salvation and even love are not taught by mere words, they are caught being recipients of the benefits of the salvation, values and love.  I know what is to love and how to love because I have a relationship with my heavenly Father.  Because God is love, God is patient with me, kind to me, not envious of me, not arrogant or rude toward me. God is not selfish. God is not easily angered with me. God is not constantly keeping a checklist of what I am doing wrong. God isn’t happy when I get into evil stuff, but God rejoices when I grasp the truth. God protects me.  God trusts me. God gives me hope.  God perseveres with me. God never has failed me. (By the way, these are all attributes of agape love.  (See 1 Corinthians 13:4-8) So, God IS LOVE.  And as one who is loved like this, it is more easy for me to love because I know (experience) God in order to love others.

So, I think one thing is clear.  God want’s you and me to love one another.  He wants to do this because God is the source of love for those who know God. When we don’t love we clearly demonstrate that we don’t know God.  Why? Because God, our heavenly parent IS love, and God is more than willing and able to give us the power to love.

Child of God: Be humble before God today.  And daily give up yourself to God through faith in Christ. Know how beloved you are to the Creator.  Let God light up your life with God’s love. Let God make you into the “salt of the earth” so that you can put the savor of His love in the lives of those who surround you … even on social media.

Prayer: 

Dear Loving Heavenly Father,

Thank you so very much for loving us.  Give us grace to authentically love one another with the love that can come only from you. Give us grace to really know you, experience you, journey with you each day, as we open our hearts to believe in and receive your Son, Jesus. Give us supernatural power to live as reborn people who love YOU Lord God with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds and all our strength.  And give us the grace to love our neighbors, even those different from us, as we love ourselves. Thank you that, God, you are indeed love, and give we who are your children the power to love others.

In Jesus Name.

Amen

Jesus The Chain Breaking Bondage Breaker

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If you commit yourself to sin that sin will make you
its slave.
Jesus: John 8:34

In John 8, Jesus is speaking with some folks who were apparently people who were believers; as the discussion continued, Jesus began speaking about His teachings.  He told them if they held to His teachings, then they would know “the truth and the truth will make you free.”  (John 8:32) Now, I would have thought this would have made these folks very happy. Instead they became angry and began to argue with Jesus. They told Him that they were children of Abraham, and they also said they had never been slaves to anyone.  REALLY?  Did they forget the Roman boot on their neck?  Did they forget the four hundred years they, the Israelis, were enslaved to Pharaoh in Egypt? Did they forget their seventy years of being in exile and slavery to the Nebuchadnezzar or the Medes and Persians? Sure they had been enslaved.

So what is going on with them? Sadly, like a segment of our population today, they had become so use to being enslaved, it was hard for them to think of themselves any differently from their abnormal normal slave’s life. They were slaves alright, but like a frog boiling alive in ever increasing heated water, they couldn’t  sense or feel how sin blinded them to their dangerous state of being. They were swimming in their life pool that, for them, felt okay.  And they even became angry at Jesus who was trying to give them salvation and freedom.  Today, such people angrily label purveyors of God’s salvation chain breaking message with all kinds of derogatory names. I am sure you have heard about them.  Names  such as homophobes, bigots, haters, judgmental and unjust hypocrites are only a few of the libelous labels they hurl at people whom they cannot hear.

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Jesus continued speaking authoritatively to them about the most horrible of enslavements.  The enslavement to sin. I know in our day that many cannot conceive of something like sin enslaving us. Yet, it is very true.  Commit yourself to alcoholic drink or drugs and I guarantee you they will enslave you.  Commit yourself to stretching the truth, and watch how difficult it is to overcome the inability of knowing to whom you told one story/lie. So, you make up another. Commit yourself to what the Bible describes as sexual immorality.  Listen to people tell you they cannot stop being pornagraphers once they connected themselves with this “secret sin.” Continually the courts arrest pedophiles, and I have heard from judges and other “experts” how they cannot change.  They are enslaved. Homsexuals proclaim they cannot change, though thousands have flock to http://www.brothersroad.org/ , and other organizations, for help and receive it. People become enslaved to food, as was I. The Bible calls this gluttony.  Get in the habit of telling people what you think they want to hear, and watch how hard it is to be a person of authentic integrity. Your word will mean nothing to others.

Sin? What’s Sin?

Indeed, we quit calling it sin.  As a matter of fact, we call it anything BUT SIN: We call it addiction.  We call it being genetically predisposed.  All of which leave the person enslaved because the transforming grace of Jesus has, for a long time, been discarded from the modern Church proclaimers.   Failing to share the power of grace to deliver a person’s life into freedom is not God’s will. Yes, God will forgive ALL our sins through faith in Jesus, but he will also transform us.

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I am a witness to the God promise and fact that Jesus has the power,  and gives it to you and me, to break us free from the chains with which sin manacles us. I have seen numerous people with all the malady’s mentioned in this blog … all the sins mentioned above … that have been enslaved and victimized by sin. And I have seen people completely forgiven, set free,  experience a breakthrough, delivered and made into entirely new creations. This is the part of the good news of the gospel that is rarely proclaimed anymore; but, Jesus makes it clear in John 8:34, after talking about sin’s enslaving power, and in speaking of Himself,  Jesus reports, “If the Son, therefore, shall set you free, you shall be free indeed!” (John 8: 36)

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Additionally, the Apostle Paul proclaims this same victorious witness: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free! Stand firm then, and do NOT let yourself be burdened by a yoke of slavery! (Galatians 5:1)  It really is true that “God made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to become sin for us that we might become the righteousness of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:21.) Again, listen to Paul’s proclamation, “If ANYONE is IN Christ, he is a NEW Creation.  All of the old things are gone.  The New HAS come!”  Jesus is the Bondage breaker or the chain breaker! He has broken all my chains, and He can do the same for you.

Let Jesus Break Your Chains?

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Kneeling Before Jesus’ Cross By Faith.

So, why not be set free? Why not turn from your sins heavy chains that are dragging you into bondage to both sin and death.  Why not “kneel at the feet of Jesus” by faith, one day at a time, commit your brokenness your sin to Jesus who is the Christ. Ask Him to forgive your sin.  Ask Him to cleanse you from all your unrighteousness. Cry out to him to deliver you from the insidious slavery that robs you of eternal life. Keep turning the sin over, as you turn away from it toward Jesus by faith.  Let Him do the rest.  Let Him break your chains one link at a time.

Chaplain Mac