These next two weeks, we are going to hear from a wise and knowledgeable speaker, Craig Fisher. I can assure you his message will not only open our eyes but will also speak to our hearts. With that said, the next two weeks, I will be focusing on the start of a series called “I Am No Longer A Slave”. Now, before anyone starts getting up in arms about “what do you know about slavery” and “who are you to talk”, I am going to use these next two weeks to set up the series because we, as Christians, are being oppressed by the world and it is time to recognise that basic fact.
Let me say this; I am no longer a slave to fear because I am a child of God. The world can say “you are not allowed to say prayers in our schools, in our places of government or even on our battlefields” but I can assure you that I am praying. You can ask me not to pray over the sick and dying but I promise you I will and there is nothing you can do about it. The world can threaten to put me in jail if I do not cease and desist praying but what they do not understand is this, I am a child of God. There are those who deny the power and strength of prayer because it is not tangible, it is not measurable and therefore it is not real yet I know the power of prayer, I know His power. When a person comes up to me and says “I know you are a man of God, can you please pray for my mom, my sibling, my friend?”, I am the first to say yes and I make sure they know I am praying for them as well. Only once have I ever heard someone say “it won’t work for me because I don’t believe”. I tell them it works because God believes in you and that is the truth.
Consider this, I am not a slave to fear, to sin, the darkness of death because I am a child of God and I know He has conquered the grave, not just for me but for us all. He went to the grave and he arose because He believes in us all. The woman who had suffered for a dozen years overcame her fear to reach out in the crowd and dared to touch the hem of Christ’s garment overcame her fear and was healed.
But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” Luke 8:46-48 NLT
She was no longer a slave to her infirmity, but was set free to live a life in the fullness of His love, joy and peace. I had a dream not too long ago where I was struggling with several issues and, in my dream, I reached out to touch the hem of a garment and when I looked up, I saw Jesus smiling down at me. There was such a rush of joy that came over me and my eyes were opened. That day, Natalie introduced me to a song by Zach Williams called “No Longer A Slave” and the dream and the song opened my heart and my eyes to what my future holds and while I should be fearful, I am no longer fearful for I know He has it all under control.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isa 41:10 NLT
Fear not to pray for others wherever you are, fear not to speak out for your faith, fear not to proclaim His salvation message for we are all children of God.
For the next two weeks, we welcome Craig Fisher who will share a message that God has placed on his heart. The service will be broadcast online on our website (https://www.mainavefellowship.ca/socialplatforms), or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 10:30 AM, at 402 Main Ave. W in Sundre, AB.
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