Are you in bondage to negative thoughts and habits? If so, Jesus gave you His freedom recipe!
Let’s examine its ingredients to finally experience the peace and joy that the Lord desires for us.
He wants you to taste and see that He is Good.
John 8:30-32 says:
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’”
So let’s look at this scripture more closely so you can see the ingredients and instructions for freedom:
- God’s Word
- In the scripture, Jesus only gave this recipe to those who believed Him.
So you must Believe that God’s word is true and that He does not lie. Believing is essential because if you do not believe, the recipe will fail.
Numbers 23:19 says,
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
God surpasses the integrity of any man. So if you have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, then you can live free of whatever negative stronghold has you bound.
Jesus lives in you through the power of the Holy Spirit:
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).”
The Holy Spirit gives you power to do what you can’t do on your own.
2. Add God’s Word.
While all of God’s Word is good, one scripture in particular challenges you to examine what you choose to permit or not permit in your life:
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any (1 Corinthians 6:12).”
As sons and daughters of the Most High God, we were created to glorify Him in our bodies and spirits.
Glorify means to display His character and excellent qualities to others.
So when evaluating your habits and the way you are thinking, a good question to ask is:
How does this help me glorify God?
If it does not help you, then you must decide whether to permit or not.
If you decide revoke the permission, then humble yourself and ask God for His wisdom about how to remove that tormenting thing.
He will supply you with the wisdom and the strength to overcome because your heart is to glorify Him!
3. Next, Abide in God’s word.
Abiding means to “live in.” If you believe God’s word, you study and meditate upon His word daily and live out what you learn.
You don’t rent God’s word based on how you feel; you make God’s word your home.
The English churchman Thomas Fuller puts it best:
He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.”
4. The last ingredient to add is Time.
It takes time to make something, doesn’t it?
Here is what the Lord is making in you:
“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord”
2 Corinthians 3:17-18″
You are being changed into the glorious image of the Savior you are beholding, Jesus Christ.
It is not something that happens overnight.
It happens as you live His word daily, pray, seek His direction in your daily decisions, and then do what He says!
When you live in freedom yourself, you are able to share this recipe with others so that they can taste and see that our Lord is good!
Be Blessed with Health, Healing, and Wholeness,
Author of the Take Back Your Temple program
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“Prayer for Weight Loss”
I am asking your prayer of agreement that I will finish my path and shed any and all excess weight in my life. I believe I am free in Him, but I confess food has a hold on me. The LORD has never left me and has helped me lose fifty pounds but I want to get so close to Him that I stop thinking about food and only think about and abide in Him. I am so grateful He never gives up on me and I will never quit. Happy and prosperous New Year! I thank God for you and your ministry.
I pray with you, Hope that you will choose those foods that help you and not be a stumbling block on your path: “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any (1 Corinthians 6:12).”
Thank you so much for your daily words. They are a big help and I am sure I will feel richer by reading this,
Wonderful, Pat – I recommend journaling about what the Lord is speaking to you in what you read and ask Him how to put what you learn into practice. In that way, God’s wisdom becomes part of who you are more and more 🙂
Sister Kim, This was a powerful message and an on time Word for me. Thank you.
I am so glad to hear that, Sonya – God has a way of delivering the right word at the right time 🙂
I enjoy your Bible lessons so much. You are gifted from God in this area and I am blessed by it! Thank you! I will be sharing this with my granddaughter today at our Bible study.
Kelly – I praise the Lord for the opportunity. And how blessed your granddaughter is to have a God-honoring grandmother who is faithful in sharing God’s word with her!
I’m Diabetic an overweight need to lose weight
Hi Irene – I hear your current story. The Lord can help you write a new one – healthy, healed, and whole. How you MOVE in freedom? Who are the people you will impact for God’s kingdom? Seek the Lord in prayer and write down that new story. He will help you walk it out day by day!
makes sense to me. I have loved recipes since I was a little girl. Wonderful ingredients and I love the choice of verses.
Thank you for the confirmation, Sherry!
God Bless you and all that you do. Everything we do is to Glorify our Father in heaven. Amen
AWESOME email….love your words…so often very timely for me!!! THANK YOU…you are a true blessing…..
Good recipe. And with all good dishes, it taste best when shared with friends.
Amen – I love that!
Great words Kimberly. I was praying earlier this morning asking God why He loves me so much. He died for me and always gives His children so many chances to accept Him and His love. The Israelites could have made their trip to the promised land in 11 days but it took them 40 years because of their unbelief and disobedience. How long am I going to be wandering in the wilderness. I am a born again believer. Please Lord help me to realize, I am the Bride of Christ, a co-heir with Christ, a chosen, holy, dearly loved child of God. I am more than a conqueror through Christ, I am a temple of God, His Spirit lives in me. I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies. I have the power of the Holy Spirit in me and working through me to do all things God has called me to do. I claim this and all God’s promises. Thank you Lord for loving me and saving me.”Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:12-13. Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
This is an excellent picture…wish I couldn’t relate so much but I surely do. Thank you for this share.
Thank you so much, for listening to our Lord and then being so kind as to share it with us. I am immensely grateful for you! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! I love the recipe. A funny story comes to mind. My girlfriend grew up making biscuits and so when I went to visit her she taught me how. I expected them to come out just like hers the first time, but they were really only useful for door stoppers or hockey pucks. But now my family loves them. I’ll be patient with this recipe but hopefully it won’t take as long before the ‘bread’ is ready to serve up.
God bless you always, Debbie
Ha, ha! Such a good story, Debra. God bless you!