Isaiah 49:24-25
24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?
25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

Isaiah 61:1-2
61 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

The enemy works like a school yard bully. His tactics are fear, intimidation, and an irrational sense of hopelessness. Some of the greatest challenges we face are not how things are but how we perceive them to be. This is where the enemy comes in and tries to gain a foothold on our hope. Even born again, Spirit filled, blood bought believers can experience places of perceived pending doom. Judgment can be clouded by the seemingly loss of control.

Staying in faith is often the greatest challenge when we feel completely out of control. This is not the will of God. He will often allow the enemy, sometimes in multiple forms, to come in like that flood just so he can show us what lifting up a standard looks like. Just like you would board an air craft and trust the pilot, a trained professional to get you to your destination, you can trust  God.

Having celebrated Independence Day this week, I would just like to encourage you with a simple message. “God is in Control.” Adversity in your life doesn’t have to equate hopelessness, or even spiritual bondage. You may be experiencing turbulence, maybe some unchartered territory in your life, even loss or hurt, but God is still in control. I came to decree your Spiritual Independence. You will not face your days, weeks, months, or your life in dread. God is in control. God is able and willing to contend with those things that contend with you. Release it to Him.

You are free!
Free to live in faith.
Free to be happy.
Free to dream.
Free to expect a great present and a great future.
Free to dwell in peace.
Free to trust that God is in Control.



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