Glory Seed Devotional 11/07/2014

A Glory Seed Devotional

You’ve been untied and freed…

The man who had been dead came out. His hands and feet were wrapped with strips of burial cloth, and a cloth covered his face. Jesus then told the people, “Untie him and let him go.”” (John 11:44, CEV)

Lazarus was dead. For four days. Jesus prayed for Lazarus. God heard, listened, and breathed new life into Lazarus. Lazarus was untied and let free. Lazarus lived. There’s a 100% chance that has not happened to you but you have been untied and set free. I know I have. This time last year I was recuperating from a potentially deadly heart attack, I was untied and set free from the grip of the grim reaper.

Perhaps you have been untied and set free as I was or if not from a heart attack maybe some other life threatening experience. Possibly you think you’ve never been in a life threatening situation, but you have and because of Jesus you’ve been untied and let go of the silent serial killer…Sin. The apostle Paul explains, “Christ sacrificed his life’s blood to set us free, which means that our sins are now forgiven. Christ did this because God was so kind to us. God has great wisdom and understanding, and by what Christ has done, God has shown us his own mysterious ways.” (Ephesians 1:7–9, CEV)

There are many ways life ties us and tries to lock us away. Some of those ways include low self esteem, fear, hopelessness, discouragement, depression, pride, greed, prejudice. As powerful as they are in response to our cry for help Jesus sends the Holy Spirit who is in the business of untying and setting you free from the shackles that bind you.

Let’s pray…

Almighty, loving, compassionate, and forgiving God from earths humble shore we cross the boundary time and space thanking you for the life we have and for the life we will yet experience. Lord, you know we live in a world that in many ways has turned away from you and in so doing is trying to entangle us in its web of worldliness. Lord, we believe in the ultimate untying and letting go of Jesus when the stone was rolled away. It is our prayer for the blessing of freedom from the worldly entanglements that plague us and for the strength to fight off further temptations. We pray and offer our lies to you in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Freedom…Amen.

Open your eyes to it! Experience it! Believe it! Be transformed by it!

Grace and PEACE, Amen!

Gary

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Jesus said, “I am the light for the world! Follow me, and you won’t be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life.” (John 8:12, CEV)

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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”

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