Liberated By Grace
Scripture: (Galatians 5:1 KJV) Stand fast therefore in the
liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the
yoke of bondage.
What is it that you have been struggling with? No mater what it
is God has the answer for you. I want to open my heart to you today and share
with you the very thing that has set me free. I am talking about complete and
total deliverance. A new life. A second chance. Some of you knew me before God
got a hold of me. Maybe that is why you continue to read these messages, because
you know the truth and power of the Spirit of God working in a man's life. For
those of you who do not know where I came from, I want to give you a little
background of my life. I do not really like to do this for a couple of reasons.
First I do not want to lose anymore readers. I guess I am afraid that if you
know the depths of what God delivered me out of you somehow might not respect my
calling as much. The second reason is that I do not like to even remember those
dark days of my life. I mentioned last week how I was an alcoholic. Well that is
just putting it lightly. If you know anyone that abuses drugs and alcohol, you
know how the words alcoholic or drug addict are too nice of words for the hell
they put themselves and the people around them through.
So before I go any further I want to tell you why I am opening this area of my life to you. Some one reading this is struggling. Some for their very lives. Some need things that money can not buy. Some need new hearts. Some need new beginnings. Some need a helping hand and some need a shoulder to cry on. Some need instruction and some need hope. Some need encouragement and some simply need. Some of us have been struggling with things in our lives for years and never seem to get lasting victory over them. I do not want to give you some theological theory on how you can live an abundant life. I want to give you the key to eternity. I do not want to show you a set of laws or rules that if you follow them things will get better I want to take you from bondage to freedom. I do not want to simply tell you something that I read or heard, I want to let you know that this thing is real. There is healing, there is deliverance, there is reconciliation and restoration. There is hope and there is life available to you. I do not know what you have been going through but God does. I do not know the depths of your sorrow but God does. I do not know the loneliness. I do not know the confusion. I do not know the point of your need but God does. and He is ready to meet you there and provide for your every need.
Let me start at the beginning. Now, I am not going to go into detail of my past. A lot of it I will leave up to your imagination, not fearing that you will paint my life any darker then it really was. The fact is I lost everything. I wasted four years of college education. I lost my wife and two wonderful boys. My family, my health, my hope and my mind, I had lost it all. OH, I tried for years to hold it all together. I tried A. A., N.A., you name the A, I tried it. I tried religion, eastern, western, Jewish, Catholic, Russian Orthodox, Pentecostal, Baptist, Buddhist, Taoist, I even tried the occult. I tried psychology, self-help books and hypnosis. I tried and I tried and I tried. It just seemed that the harder I struggled the stronger the beast became. The more I would want to be free the more trapped I would become. One thing I finally learned that was true was that I was powerless. But you know, all of this is just words. I have heard all the clichés. I knew the Bible, I knew the law, I knew the motions but I could not keep the steps.
Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, You know what? I want to cut to the chase. I know that I have a long way to go to become the man that God has called me to be. But the truth is by the grace of God right now I am right where God wants me to be and so are you. Look, we are all experiencing the move of God in our lives. the difference might simply be in your need. You see, the thing that I know made back then, and continues to make the difference in my life, is the depth of my need. I got to the point where I could get on my face before a holy God and cry out to Him for help because He was my only hope. Some of you are still putting your hope in other people, or even in yourself. Some of you are putting your hope in doctors or money. Some put their hope in just the passage of time, thinking that time heals all wounds. That is why I said last week that I do hope you have been struggling, because if you haven't then you are ignoring the enemy and he is there always present waiting for the right opportunity to kill, rob and destroy.
So there I was on my face before God and I meant it. I still remember that prayer. It was not one of those mamby pamby now I lay me down to sleep prayers. In fact since that time I only remember one other prayer that came close to the intensity of that prayer. It was when my little girl was real sick. She went into convulsions from a high fever and I picked her up in my arms and literally felt her life slipping away. It was at that moment that I called out to God and I do not believe it was with words. I am not sure but I think that maybe that is what Paul meant when he said in Romans 8:26 how the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings that can not be uttered. It is the grace of God that set us free. It is the free, unmerited, we never could earn it or pay God back for it, free gift of God. You can not, Not, no way, trust completely in God and do something your own way. God is the way to life. God is life. It is when we really go after God with everything we have got that He shows Himself mightily in our lives. It is when we seek Him above everything else that he provides everything else. I am not talking about simply wanting a move of God in your life, I am talking a life or death, eternal deep down desire for the presence of God. I am talking about getting to the point of your need. We cover up our need so much. We lie to ourselves that everything is alright. There is an enemy who wants you dead. But God, God, loves you so much more then the enemy desires you harm. You see God love you more then enough to lay it all on the line. The enemy will not do that. God loves you so much that He would give up His entire kingdom and die for you. God would shed His own blood so that you can live. Is anything impossible to God?
Maybe that is the point we have to get to. The point of grace. You can not earn it. you can not pay Him back. God has paid an awesome price for you. He is offering you life. He is offering you deliverance. He is offering you freedom. As you invite Him into your heart, know that greater is He who is within you then he who is in the world. Know that as the Spirit of the living God dwells within you, your body becomes the temple. Know that God Himself will fight the battle for you. Know that right now and for all eternity all of your sins are washed away by the blood of the lamb as you acknowledge the truth of God's love. Know that He who began a good work in you will continue it onto the day of the LORD.
Are you ready for a breakthrough? are you ready for a changed life? are you ready for a renewed spirit within you? Are you ready for revival. Call out to God right now. Call unto the LORD and He will show you things you have never seen. Call out to God and breath in eternal life. Call out to Him in the name of His Son Jesus The Christ and experience His love for you. Let His Holy Spirit wash over you even now plunging you into victory. No more depression. No more fear. No more sorrow, No more tears. Now is the time of renewal. Today is the day of salvation. Right now I am a new creation in Christ and now I know eternal life. Let the grace of God set you free and turn your life into a vessel worthy of the King.