Daily Devotional for Sunday October 14, 2012
Are You in Bondage Today
(Ephesians 6:13; Romans 6:13; 2 Peter 3:17; Proverbs 4:14; 2 Corinthians 2:11; James 1:12; 2 Peter 2:9; Hebrews 2:18)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I believe that there is a devil and demons. I know Jesus cast out demons. People tell me 'there are no demons', 'they are just dead souls who haven't gone to the light yet' and so on. My reply is Jesus cast out demons, Paul did the same, so when did demons stop their dirty work on earth?
ANSWER: One of satan's greatest scams is to get people to believe he is just a mythical figure, that he doesn't exist. Satan is VERY REAL, and so are demons, the third of the angels who got booted out of Heaven with him for their rebellion! Until God ends this world as we know it, satan and his demons will continue, but we already know their fate, the Lake of Fire for all eternity. That is why it is so sad when a person dies rejecting Christ. They end up in the same place, a place that wasn't created for man, but satan and his demons.
IT IS NO ACCIDENT THAT YOU ARE READING THIS TODAY!
The fact is, almost EVERYONE who lives, falls into some form a bondage in their life. The most effective and common bondages are that of alcohol, drugs (legal and illegal), sex, and money. Many of you reading this today are living with some bondage of your life that is separating you from God, destroying your day-to-day life, and slowly killing you! The sad fact is, this is true for those who are 16, 25, 40, mid 50's, 66, and even older!!! A HUGE percentage of those reading this today are living each day in the midst of the bondage satan has entangled YOU in!
One of the problems that we all face in this brief journey here on earth are the traps that the enemy lays to ruin our life. While there will always be a percentage that succumbs to these traps in a BIG way, most simply learn how to live each day with their bondage. It is like having bugs in your home. At first, you do all you can to get rid of them, but most, at some point, learn how to live with them. They accept them as part of their existence. That is the way satan uses the snares of this world . . . things like alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, shopping, sex, greed. Satan finds out what your weakness is, entices you, and lets you slowly become ensnared into whatever bondage you are most open to.
I am here today to tell you, that no matter what bondage that you have allowed to ensnare you, GOD LOVES YOU!!! Not only does God love you, but today, God is speaking to you about becoming FREE from your bondage. God is still in the deliverance business!!! I don't care if your bondage is that 6 pack of beer after work, or those 3 martinis at lunch, or your bondage is a joint each night, or taking the prescription the Doctor gave you 1 year ago that you now "need to make it through the day", or the woman that is not your wife who you have sex with 2-3 times a week, or the man you spend hours on the computer with while your husband is not around, or the food you eat for no real reason other then it makes you "feel good", or the money you hoard since that is how you have determined to judge your "self worth".
THE FACT IS MY FRIEND, YOU ARE IN A BONDAGE THAT YOU HAVE LEARNED TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE, THAT YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT!!!
THE FACT IS, IF YOU COULD QUIT ON YOUR OWN, YOU WOULD HAVE!!! HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU PROMISED TO 'NEVER DO THAT AGAIN", ONLY TO DO IT AGAIN???
TODAY, IS A DAY OF VICTORY FOR YOU, IF, AND THAT IS THE QUESTION, IF, YOU WANT TO SEE VICTORY.
Breaking a bondage in our life is VERY difficult. You know, because you have tried unsuccessfully. First, you must admit you have a problem. Until you do that, you will NEVER see victory. Second, you can't do this alone. You have to humble yourself to others and ask them for help.
YOU MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE TO OTHERS TO SEE VICTORY!!!
Leave your pride behind, humble yourself, and become accountable to others.
THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST!
With those you are accountable to, you must work out a game plan for victory. You have to change your day-to-day actions. Most are in a bondage that they have incorporated into their day-to-day life. Changing your habits, re-formatting your daily schedule is critical to success. Also, there will be a huge void in your life where your bondage "was". You MUST find something positive to fill that void. Refocusing the time, energy, and resources that you used to pour into your bondage is necessary to getting ultimate victory. Ultimately, your relationship with the Lord is the key. HE will give you the strength, the resolve to live our your new plan each day to victory!
I love you and care about you so much. OUR GOD IS A GOD OF DELIVERANCE. HE CAN DELIVER YOU FROM THE BONDAGE OF ALCOHOL, OF DRUGS, OF SEX, OF MONEY. HE IS A GOD OF DELIVERANCE!!! I can't make you stop whatever bondage that you are in today. But I can pray for you, and I can believe God for your deliverance. THIS IS NO ACCIDENT THAT YOU ARE READING THIS TODAY. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, MOST PEOPLE ARE 'FUNCTIONAL' IN THEIR BONDAGE.
You have learned how to live "with" your bondage. My message today is God wants you to learn how to live FREE from your bondage. The choice is yours. For those who want that freedom, I will be praying this Friday. The ball is in your court. God is speaking to YOU TODAY!!! More then anything else, I pray out of my love for you, that you open your ears and hear Him.
***As we are 14 days into our 157th month of Liveprayer, we still have to cover $20,000 from our September shortfall and begin to work on the $40,000 we need for our basic October operations. That is $60,000 we need over the next 17 days to end the month with all of our basic operations current. $20,000 of that September shortfall is seriously past due, and I am praying for 2-3 friends who are able, to step up and make a special one-time year-end gift to help me cover that amount in the next 24 hours.
I refuse to allow satan to keep us from what God has called us to do, impacting lives for Christ 24/7/365 while bringing His Truth to the masses in order to lead this nation back to the Almighty and Biblical Truth! God has always helped us by moving on the hearts of friends like you because we have been faithful, have not backed down,compromised, or sold out the Truth for money, while walking each day these last 157 months by faith trusting Him alone! AMEN!!!
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In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,