Exodus 8:1 (KJV) ‘‘And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me”.
After spending about four hundred years in Egypt, the children of Israel began to cry to God for freedom because their pains and sufferings were excruciatingly unbearable under the taskmasters of Egypt. God heard their cry and came down to deliver them (Exodus 3:7-8), but He needed a reason for which their deliverance will be justifiable and the reason He found was, “that they may serve me”.
The most justifiable reason why you should be free is so you could serve God. So, if you will not serve Him, you are rejecting freedom. Many, after receiving Christ, are victims of oppression because they have not yet been given to the service of God; they have refused God access to certain aspects of their lives, thus giving the devil advantage to oppress them in those areas.
The cheapest route to deliverance is getting lost in service to God. Exodus 23:22 (KJV) says ‘‘But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries”. But how will this happen? It is by loving and serving God with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 11:13).
Exodus 19:5-6 (KJV) reads, ‘‘Now therefore if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation’’
Exodus 23:25-26 (KJV) ‘‘And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfill”.
Go into today knowing that freedom will come when you totally release that area of your life under contention to God in service.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I choose to serve you with my all. And as I serve you, I receive all-round freedom. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James
Bible in 1 Year: I Kings 19-22 (in today’s audio)
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