August 29 – The God Who Comes Through – He Leads People Out of Bondage

Read Exodus 12:29-42

In the text, God is leading His people out of bondage.  The bondage is clear in this case, it’s forced labor/slavery that has been going on for centuries. It’s also clear that it takes God’s power to free them from the grip of this bondage.

Interestingly, God not only frees them but also has the Israelites “plunder” the Egyptians and they take silver and gold and clothes from their former oppressors. They didn’t take these things by force but just as a result of asking because God had already done a work in the Egyptians.

There are many ways to be in bondage. You can be in bondage to fear to food to anxiety to money/possessions to sex. The list goes on and on. It can even be someone or something that starts out as good but becomes an idol.

There was a time when I was so into classic cars that I was spending tremendous amounts of time and energy on the cars I owned. After a while, I got to the point where I felt like I was owned by the cars. In time, I started selling them and finally even sold the truck and car hauling trailer.

Occasionally, I feel like it would be nice to have one of them again, but most of the time I just feel free!

Over the last few years, as a result of some significant health issues, I’ve had trouble with fear and anxiety. However, what has helped the most is God’s word. Here are just a few of the verses that have been so helpful to me:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases…” (Psalm 103:2–3)

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (I Peter 5:7)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6–7)

 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1)

Sometimes we aren’t even sure what is holding us down but, if we ask God, He will show us:

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23)

 When you know, take it to God and He will provide the power to break the chain of whatever is holding you down.

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Tim 1:7)

You may be afraid to give up something that you feel will make you happy but consider this:

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:19)

He wants us to be free and not just survive but to thrive:

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

Keep in mind that these promises are reserved for those who have chosen to accept the free gift of forgiveness from Jesus Christ and are allowing Him to be the leader of their life. If you have not yet made that decision, I want you to know that you can be forgiven for all you have done in the past, present and future:

“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:8–9)

Either way, I challenge you to find out what has you in bondage, take it to God and let Him set you FREE!

Mike Molter

 

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