You are being released from prison TODAY.
God asked me to write down the very first word in the Bible? IN
He then asked me to write down the very last word? AMEN
I questioned God and asked what this means. Which prompted the third question.
What is in between these two words? CHRIST JESUS
IN CHRIST JESUS, AMEN!
Do you believe the Word of God?
Do you believe God created everything out of nothing?
Do you believe that Noah built an ark and had two of all animals aboard ~ for a very long time?
Do you believe Jonah was in the belly of a whale for 3 days?
Do you believe Daniel was actually in a den with real lions?
Do you believe the fire that did not singe so much as a hair on Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego?
Do you believe in Jesus?
Do you believe Jesus?
Do You Believe?
That’s all that is required of us. I love these words that our Lord Jesus said in the gospel of John:
Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
This is our assignment: to believe.
Understand this very important truth – we must believe in Jesus and we must believe Jesus. Do you understand the difference? Not only do we need to believe in who Jesus Christ is but we also need to believe every word He speaks. Jesus is The Word (John 1:14) and each word written in the Bible is truth. Each word is solid and each word becomes our foundation.
All things are encompassed in the Word ~ beginning with “IN” and ending with “AMEN” with Christ Jesus in the between.
You see, when we believe the Word and when we believe IN the Word, we allow it to become the measuring stick we use for all matters in life which keeps us steadfast and sure. The storms of life will come our way and when they do, we’ll be prepared.
Do you question how you can have faith enough to believe even during the darkest storm of your life?
I know we all have gone through times of darkness. Maybe you’re in the darkest time of your life right now with no hope. And maybe you’re asking how are these words going to release you from your prison?
Let me share what I’ve learned through my own journey. I was in a prison of my own making for most of my life. The words written on my prison walls may have changed from time-to-time but the door never opened. Insecurity, rejection, unworthiness, hate, anger, lack, unforgiveness, jealousy. What was within my heart ruled my circumstances. It ruled all of my relationships. I was unable to have one good, stable area in my life.
My prison door was locked up tight and my life was taking a downward turn that I could not stop.
I had no hope of ever getting released into pure freedom. Until I met Jesus.
It wasn’t until I met my Savior that things started to change. Was it an instant release from that prison? Jesus opened the door to my prison cell immediately but I did not have the power or the courage to step outside those prison walls. It was all I knew. Stepping out into a new life was stepping into the unknown. It was scary. So I stayed in my prison a little while longer.
But He didn’t leave me there alone.
He stayed with me. During this time, I had to allow Him access to ALL of the pain buried in my heart. All those words printed on my prison cell walls had to be erased one by one. I had to allow God FULL ACCESS before I could move beyond those prison walls.
Maybe you are doubting His goodness if He isn’t answering your prayers.
Maybe you are doubting that you can ever get out of your prison.
Maybe, just maybe, you are even doubting His existence.
If this is you, friend, I encourage you to open your Bible and begin reading. Tell God how you are feeling. Pour out all of your doubts and unbelief. All your despair, hurt and anger. You cannot give Him anything that He cannot handle. HE IS BIGGER THAN YOU. And He knows exactly what you need right now. Ask Him to guide You to the right place to begin reading and ask Him to bring His Word to life for you.
Remember the beginning of the Word is “IN” and the end “AMEN” with Christ Jesus in the between. “In Christ Jesus, Amen!”
God is faithful and good and He will not leave us in an impossible situation without helping us. But sometimes He is waiting on us to step beyond those prison walls of our own making before He will change one thing.
Let me ask a tough question. Please have ears to hear.
Is your focus on yourself or on God within you?
So many of our trials in life can be avoided if we have the right outlook ~ or maybe I should say the right “inlook.”
Are you waiting on God to miraculously act when maybe He has already spoken to you?
Maybe He told you to rest in Him.
Maybe He told you to trust in Him.
Maybe He told you to seek Him.
Maybe He told you to just believe.
Sometimes what may appear to be an external matter between you and others may very well be a heart issue between you and God. What has He been speaking to you? I say these words with nothing but love in my heart. I had to walk through my own prison door. My prison was full of death, despair and hopelessness but I was terrified of stepping outside of it. I was used to my misery and self-pity. We were good friends. I knew how to live that life well.
He refused to leave me in that prison. He turned my heart from being self-focused to being Christ-focused. It takes self-discipline and intentionality on our part but He’ll meet us there and He will give us the strength necessary to endure. I’m still learning but I’m so thankful that I’m not where I was.
We find freedom in the Word – In Christ Jesus, Amen!
I once allowed my circumstances to control my entire being – my mind, my emotions, my actions, my eating, my words – and it inevitably took a toll on my physical being. I was one hot mess of tears and instability.
But when I started to believe Jesus and believe in Jesus, things shifted. When I started reading the Word and taking control of my thoughts, things shifted.
If we do these things consistently, we will be forever transformed – even if not one thing has changed in our situation.
Learn from my past mistakes, please! If we cannot turn our thoughts away from ourself, we will remain in the hopeless despair of our prison cell. And friends, this is NOT the life Jesus died to give to us. The life He died to give us is complete victory. Victory over death. Victory over our prison cell.
Something amazing happens when we step into victory and commit to being intentional about Jesus.
Light enters our life. Smiling isn’t as hard. Hope is restored. We start seeing mankind all around us once again. Suddenly, stepping outside the open door of our cell isn’t impossible or scary.
Jesus did this for me. And He is not a respecter of men meaning what He does for me, He will do for you too. I know this is true because His Word says it and I believe every single word written in the Bible.
The battle is real. But know this, the battle was conquered by Jesus. Even if our circumstances do not change we will be freed from our prison.
I’d love to hear from you. If these words helped you today, please leave me a comment. If you need prayer, leave me a comment. I pray for my readers every single day to be released from bondage and prison ~ to be blessed each and every day. It’s my heart’s desire to see others walk in the freedom I know is possible through Jesus. Thank You for helping me to share the hope and love in Christ by sharing my site and post with others.
Stay in the Light and Love always,