Living Free:  Free From Enemies

Living Free: Free From Enemies

Freedom.  It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not.  When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything.  Over the next 26 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.

Here is day seven with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free from the power of your enemies.

Free From Enemies

“He is the God who avenges me, who puts the nations under me, who sets me free from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me.
2 Samuel 22:48-49 (NIV)

Who are your enemies?  What makes them enemies?  Is it possible to live free from enemies even when they still exist?  How?  How does understanding the teaching of God’s Word about our real enemy help you deal with people who act like your enemy?  Does the way you treat enemies say more about you, or them?  What does God’s Word say about how we ought to treat enemies?  How would doing that help you to live free from their influence and/or control?

It seems impossible to go through life without making enemies, or at least encountering people who act like they are your enemy.  When we learn by gazing into God’s Word that we need to love our enemies, we are able to find ourselves free from their influence.  Being able to see the real enemy for who he is, helps us treat the people who act like enemies the way God wants us to.  As you pray, ask God to help you understand how to live free from enemies as you love them as God desires.  Pray that you would see beyond the actions of people to recognize who the real enemy is.  Pray for the peace to feast at God’s table in the presence of your enemies.

In prayer,

Tom  

Living Free:  Free From Captivity

Living Free: Free From Captivity

Freedom.  It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not.  When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything.  Over the next 27 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.

Here is day six with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free from the captivity of sin.

Free From Captivity

“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
Isaiah 42:6-7 (NIV)

“O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains. I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the LORD.”
Psalm 116:16-17 (NIV)

Have you ever been trapped in a place or situation and then been set free?  How did it feel to be captive?  How did it feel to be set free?  Is it possible there are things you are captive to that you don’t even realize?  Is it possible to live free even when you are confined for some reason?  How?  How does gazing into the perfect law of God set you free from the captivity of sin?  What does being free from the captivity of sin mean to you?  Does it mean you will never sin again, or something else?  Why?

Unlike a physical prison, sin’s captivity doesn’t always confine us to a specific place but it does make us captive to a way of life that keeps us apart from God.  God’s perfect law sets us free from the power of sin and death through the blood of Jesus.  Even if we should find our self confined for some reason, through Jesus we can still live free from the captivity of sin.  As you pray, ask God to help you live free from the things which try to take your heart, mind, and soul captive.  Pray that you would not re-enter that captivity once Christ has set you free.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (7/11/20)

 

This is the audio from the July 11, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement & Prayer (7/10/20)

 

This is the audio from the July 10, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Living Free:  Free From Burdens

Living Free: Free From Burdens

Freedom.  It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not.  When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything.  Over the next 28 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.

Here is day five with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free from the weight of your burdens.

Free From Burdens

“He says, “I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.
Psalm 81:6-7 (NIV)

What are some things that tend to weigh you down to the point of becoming burdens physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually?  How often do you find the burdens in one area of your life intruding into other areas that you thought were burden-free?  Do you ever find yourself carrying burdens and concerns that you wouldn’t need to?  How often do you gaze into God’s perfect law looking for freedom from the burdens you carry?

Burdens can be sneaky things.  Many times we don’t realize the true weight of the burdens we carry until they are gone . . . or until we collapse under them.  Other times we become resigned to carrying our burdens as if nothing could ever lift them from us.  Many times in my life, the burdens I have carried the longest have been burdens that I have kept even after knowing God has offered to carry them for me.  Gazing into God’s perfect law does give freedom, but only if we are willing to cast our burdens upon Him.  As you pray, ask God to give you freedom from the burdens that you carry.  Pray that you would know God’s laws to be a means of freedom and not burdensome.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (7/09/20)

 

This is the audio from the July 9, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Living Free:  Free To Be Content

Living Free: Free To Be Content

Freedom.  It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not.  When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything.  Over the next 29 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.

Here is day four with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, are free to find contentment in God.

Free To Be Content

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’  So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’
Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV)

How content are you?  Would those closest to you agree with the answer you gave?  Who first comes to mind when you think about contentment?  Do they have everything they want?  Do they have everything you would want?  Is it possible to not have everything you want and still be content?  How would learning to gaze more intently into the perfect law of God bring more contentment into your life?

Through all of my teenage years, I began various projects on the farm that I had hoped would make me my first million dollars.  In case you are wondering, that never happened but the desire stayed alive within me for many years.  In fact, when I published my first book, it was only through gazing into the Word of God that I became convicted of His desire that I share my work as freely as possible.  By freeing myself from the love of money, I found myself free to be content.  As you pray, ask God to help you see the desires within you that keep you from true contentment.  Pray that you would allow God’s laws to free you from the bondage of possessions so that you would be free to live a contented life.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (7/08/20)

 

This is the audio from the July 8, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom