Day 90: A Marionette No More (March 31)

I keep seeing a person that looks like a marionette (puppet) with strings pulling each arm and leg, and a painted-on smile across their face.  Then I thought, “I am a marionette no more!”

When Jesus died on that cross, He conquered death.  When I asked Him into my heart, I was no longer a slave to my sin nature.  I am no longer a slave to fear.  I don’t have to hide behind the façade of the world.  I am a child of God.

You don’t have to be a slave to sin and fear anymore!  But are you walking free?

The enemy roams around, and tries to “pull our strings”, but we aren’t held by those strings anymore.  It’s like this, when we ask Jesus into our hearts we become free from the prison we’ve been living in.  Yet, some of us still sit in that same cell, even though the door is open.

Stand up friend!  Walk free!  Take the first step of freedom.  You are not held by those prison walls any longer, you are not safer in that small space.  No!  You are actually safer outside the prison of your heart walking with the Lord.  It’s that upside-down Kingdom we’ve talked about before.

I challenge you today, as a prophetic act of the freedom you have in Christ, share God’s love with someone you don’t know today.  Yes, I know that thought struck fear into some of your hearts, but don’t let those walls threaten to close you back in.  Stretch into the freedom of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I once was lost, but now I’m found.  Was blind, but now I see.  Let the whole world know! We should be simply brimming to tell the good news of Jesus!

God, thank You for the cross.  Thank You for salvation.  I love walking in Your Presence.  Today, I ask You to infuse me with the boldness, courage and opportunity to share the gospel with those around me.  Cloak me in Your grace so I can deliver the message covered in Your gentleness and mercy.  Give me the opportunity to love You by sharing You with someone today.  Lord, if someone asks me hard questions, I pray you would quicken my mind and pour out right response over me and if I don’t know the answer, give me the humility to admit that.  I am Yours.  Use me.  I adore You, in Jesus name, Amen.

What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.  He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.  So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world.  But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman born under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.  Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.  Galatians 4:1-7

“ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.  But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ “  Luke 15:31-32  (never forget who you are and where you’ve come from.)

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