When we have an accurate perception of the conception of Jesus, why He came and the salvation He longs for us to walk in; truth begins to take root in our innermost being.
He loves us riotously, with great joy and we are the apple of His eye!
He rejoices over us, dances with us. Can you see Him twirling around; can you catch the twinkle in His eye as He reaches His arms out to you?
We are beloved, delighted in, provided for and protected. We are heirs to His kingdom; He is abounding towards us with grace, goodness and mercy.
He wants to lavish and ravish us with love. Pure, holy love.
Jesus came to set us free. From sin and false perceptions because when we know Jesus we know Truth and Truth sets us free from false perceptions!
The lies of the enemy reproach us. They come to us in many different ways but the result is the same. False perceptions fill our hearts and our minds; our hearts and soul become bound by false perceptions. Their purpose is to cripple us.
We must bind ourselves to Truth, to straightness, to Jesus the Rod of Jesse.
Fear is an unwelcome neighbor who thinks he can come around and scare you just because cancer has been in your life. In the late summer I became fearful of what Bruce’s next PSA test would be and instead of going straight to Jesus, those fears began to simmer. Instead of removing them from the stove, I let them simmer! How crazy is that!
Fear led me down the road and introduced me to comparison. Comparison showed me how much I lacked. Condemnation was not far behind and I could hear his lies telling me I was not any good and my gifts from God really were not useful, practical or even wanted.
And in the natural, my knees began to hurt. And they hurt more as the weeks went by and my unwelcome friends were still hanging around.
Jesus, now He is the friend who sticks closer than a brother does. He showed me in His word where Psalm 119: 42 says, “So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in your word.”
He showed me how the spirits of comparison, condemnation and fear were at work in my life ~ hence the sore knees and difficulty walking.
He gave me a dream from which I woke up and said aloud, ‘Comparison is a crippling spirit!|’ Psalm 119:45 says, ‘and I will walk at liberty for I seek your precepts. I am not crippled. In the natural and the spiritual I walk free.” He showed me the Living Water is pouring into my tent and in the River of Life our tents have holes in them so the Water can run free and we are all refreshed and built up in Him.
Comparison is a crippling spirit. Comparison steals our joy. Comparison cripples us and disables us from walking in God’s best for OUR lives. But God. But God has empowered, enabled and equipped us!
Comparison gives us ‘side-ways eyes’. Those eyes cause us to wander from the truths of God’s Word and eternal promises. They keep on showing us the lie.
Comparison cripples us because in measuring ourselves against people, we are drained of our confidence in the promises of God.
Comparison walks hand in hand with condemnation and as crippling spirits, their mandate is to knock us down at the KNEES and make us feel inadequate and incapable of walking in God’s promises for our life.
Comparison is a joy stealer and a contentment robber.
Psalm 119: 42 “So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in your word.”
Condemnation and comparison reproach don’t they! They want to cripple our spirits so we are unable to walk at liberty. Comparison and condemnation tell us we aren’t good enough, we don’t have anything of value to offer. Comparison plays the numbers game and is quick to point out the differences.
You know how we can throw a stone into water and the water ripples, spreading into ever widening circles? One question asked of the Lord and answered by Him has that same expanding ripple effect.
One answered question can unlock doors of the heart and freedom is invited to enter and roam free.
My heart has echoed the words of the psalmist in Psalm 119:4 May your loving kindnesses also come to me, O Lord, Your salvation according to Your word.
HIS reply? “I have come with healing in My wings; I have come with mercies new every day, dawning as the Sun of Righteousness. Each new day is ripe with rich opportunities to trust Me. You know how you can throw a stone into water and the water ripples, spreading into ever widening circles? One question asked of Me and answered by Me has that same expanding ripple effect. I have brought you into a place of freedom”
One answered question unlocks doors of the heart; we invite freedom to enter and we walk free and at liberty.
(Oh! And PS – Once again Bruce’s PSA was less than 0.01. That number equates to being cancer free! Praise the Mighty Name of Jesus. And praise the Mighty Name of Jesus, my knees no longer hurt and I can run and skip down the stairs and dance to praise music once again!!!)