I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so you would no longer be their slaves. I broke the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk with your heads held high. (Leviticus 26:13 NLT)
Mordecai in the Book of Esther lived with his head held high and would not bow down to evil and to the spirit of slavery, fear and constant threat.
There is a beautiful underlying message our Lord always wants to convey to us, which is – He is our King and we are His people!
If we are dependent on the world’s idol systems, then we will be slaves to it walking with a heavy yoke tied around our neck, and constantly feel defeated and cheated.
Our Lord God is always zealous for His people and He wants to personally provide, protect, heal, comfort and rule if we allow and trust Him.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. Romans 8:12
As a born again believer, as a child of God we have God’s own Spirit living in us all the while the sinful nature is still present in us.
It is not conflictive but God’s Spirit in us is the reason we are more than a conqueror!
Obligation directly refers to binding, indebtedness and slavery.
A God’s child will have the same temptation but will no more obligated (slavery/addiction/bondage/compulsion) to sin.
The obligation to sin is gone the moment we belong to Christ. God’s Spirit in us is the evidence that we now belong to Christ!
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. Romans 8:14
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:11
Jesus had conquered, by receiving His Spirit you are now more than a conqueror!
Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God.
God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act. Exodus 2:23-25
People of Israel thought once the Pharaoh dies their slavery and hardship would be over. Because of this assumption they never sought God’s help to deliver them.
Often times we too are deceived to stay in a prolonged slavery to give in to a thought that things will get better and there is nothing we can do about.
People of Israel’s false hope was broken painfully when the next king came to power; only then they started to cry out to the Lord. The Lord heard, remembered the promise He made and saw that it was time to act.
Let’s leave all the false hopes and start placing our hope on the promise He had made, and start crying out to Him until He hears!
Otherwise we would be that lame man sat by the pool of Bethesda in John 5:1-9 for 38 years hoping every time that he would be healed the next time when the angel stirs the water!
When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” John 5:6