God:will enslave you then free you…
Ephesians 4:1 (KJV) “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called”.
As a child I remember hearing the stories in the bible and thinking that when I heard of Jonah and the whale; Moses crossing the red sea with the Israelites; David slaying Goliath and gaining a kingdom: that was larger than my little life.
Now I am still persuaded that it is all larger than my little life; yet, I have the confidence that what I have read about those heroes in the bible, can be attributed to my life even today. If I have to go by what is written within the bible, “Jesus, the same yesterday, today and forever”; yes those things are still possible and I can live it by the ever present power of Christ.
Apostle Paul is known for his zeal for whatever he put his hands on and for what he believes; and when he went through his life changing experience on the road to Damascus he gave up his freedom in this life to become a prisoner of Jesus. He was not ashamed to be enslaved to the discipleship of following Jesus and being called or even calling himself “the prisoner of the Lord”.
He knew and it was demonstrated in his writing that to serve effectively, one needed to be ‘a prisoner”; you have to lose yourself in that which you are pursuing and then it will pursue you; this equates to divine encounter. No one can doubt that this is what Paul had and operated in throughout his life as he won souls for our Lord and Savior.
Beloved, I believe with all my heart that even though you might have been through some things in your life, no one can understand and perceive even if you spoke on it; yet there still exists a burning fire within you that cannot be quenched and that will not be put out; a fire which needs demonstration through the love of God and the manifest potent of what God can and will do in your life.
Not because of your righteousness or holiness, but because God has identified you as one He can use to accomplish things for His glory; it is all about His glory. I believe you still desire, yearn, pant as the deer pants for water to experience that Elijah fire calling; Joshua time standing still; Elisha blinding an entire army’s eyes and leading them into captivity; that Abraham ability to negotiate with the Almighty God and I can go on, but I know that somewhere within you, there is a yearning to do that which is impossible in our realm.
The good thing about it, God sees the desires of our heart and my prayer today is “Lord Jesus, honor our hearts desire to honor you today”.
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