What does it look like to be spiritually free?
“Long ago my people chose to live in Egypt. Now they are oppressed by Assyria. … But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power.” Isaiah 52v4-6
The choices we make can leave us in emotional cul-de-sacs. Life situations can oppress us. It is from these places that the Lord can reveal his power in our lives!
Wake up, wake up, O Zion! Clothe yourself with strength. Put on your beautiful clothes, O holy city of Jerusalem … Sit in a place of honor. Remove the chains of slavery from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. Isaiah 52v1-2
It is while we are captive to circumstances that the Lord tells us to wake up and clothe ourselves with strength. We are asked to clothe ourselves with his beautiful character of love seen through joy, peace, patience, kindness and the like.
When we can live like this by the power of God in us, whatever the circumstances, then we are demonstrating freedom in Christ. Then his name is revealed and we see his power.
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There is a time to sing a new song.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Psalm 33v1
After 8years of leading the UK Navigators, I hand over leadership to Phil Boydell. I am relieved! We sing a new song for many reasons.
For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. Psalm 33v4
We look back on the mission coming to a good place with God. Our people have developed so beautifully. In all of this we affirm that it was the Lord first and last. We are so grateful to him.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33v6
When I contrast all that he has done through us with all that he has done without us we are left in humble awe. Why does he even involve us? Why do we take so much onto our shoulders as if it depended on us?
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33v11
Now we look at how the Lord will create new songs and new ways forward into an unknown future. We look in expectation!