TODAY’S PROPHETIC NUMBER – 7/23/2023
Luke 7:23 – And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.
Offense is a choice. It’s the enemy’s trap to divide and destroy. We all face that choice daily. Every time someone does not treat us with kindness or honor our wishes, we can choose love over offense. Why? Because Jesus did it! He shows a way to forgive those who offend and spitefully use us. He demonstrated the path of freedom from bitterness and hurt. He called us to a ministry of reconciliation. He wants to heal all the wounds from past offenses and fill you with love anew. Will you let Him?
Declaration: I repent of the stumbling block of offense. I choose love even those who don’t love me.
WHAT IT MEANS TO “STICK WITH JESUS”
Have you ever stopped to think that the first message Jesus preached was on freedom?
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release to oppressed…” – Luke 4:18
He didn’t go to prison to preach that. He went to church. He went to the synagogue. What?!? I’m telling you, there is more bondage in religion than any other chain man can put on you.
“…because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.” – Galatians 2:4
That’s the agenda of religious folk – to make us slaves. The chains of a religious spirit tell you to conform, follow their rules, and keep in step with them as they put Jesus in a box and place heaven far, far away from the very people who need to know Jesus and get into His Kingdom. So, how do you keep from falling under the yoke of a religious spirit?
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” – Galatians 5:1
Brother Paul is saying you need to stand in a way that you are held fast, “Stand fast” as though your feet are nailed down to the floor of liberty. He’s saying to not let go of your liberty because you’re going to be tempted – often – to give it away. Let me tell you why you’ll be tempted to give it away: for free stuff – for the promise of something else.
You see it all around you today. People will give up what’s true for something dramatic. Do not give your freedom to the mob. Let your spirit, mind and heart get lined up with what God says – not with what a denomination or the Kardashians say. That’s what it means to stick with Jesus.
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