All of us have struggled or are struggling to get free from something in our life. It’s the thing that keeps us from moving forward in our lives; that keeps us from getting over the hump, so to speak. Jesus did thrust open the door of freedom making way for the grace and mercy of our Father to empower us to overcome the very things that suppress us. Yes! I personally have dealt with a lot of challenges in my own life and have embraced an important revelation I want to share. But first, here is a short story of my journey.
My wife and I were married in February of 2004. It was the beginning of an exciting voyage! If you like roller coasters, think of that long, slow pilgrimage up the giant mountain of metal or wood knowing the whole time once you get to the top that you would be on the precipice of the unknown! A roller coaster is probably one of the best analogies I can use to describe a marriage or any relationship! Whether you’ve ridden them or just looked at them, I believe we all can relate!
After the downhill run, we whipped into our first left turn. Granted, we both had a lot of baggage we brought into our marriage from our past. My largest bag was a huge tax debt from several years of unfiled taxes. To make a long story short, after a few years the Lord enabled us to overcome that challenge and pay it off in which I am very thankful! Even though I was faithful to tithe and an extravagant giver, I still struggled to stay on a budget and fully submit my finances to the Lord. The Lord even helped us to pay off our house, but the underlying issue was still present and has been a difficult challenge in my life. I now realize that I was just cutting off the rotten fruit (behavior modification) and not dealing with the root. Our Father revealed to me through this that we simply must deal with the root issue.
In Matthew 7:17-20 Jesus says this –
A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
So we can be certain that this is one big reason why Jesus died on the cross…..to enable us to deal with the root issue! If there was a bad seed that was planted in our heart, maybe in the form of a lie, a word curse, or a traumatic event in our lives etc., our Father does not want us to stay bound by it. One effective way is through deliverance. There are many passages in scripture that speak of the Lord delivering us from these very things mentioned such as:
The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
The righteous person faces many troubles,
but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
Wow! This is good news! God showed me that the root of that bad fruit was the fear of loss. It was just a seed planted when I was young. It caused me to have controlling behaviors and operate in fear. God used His people to help me start the process of uprooting this bad tree, to plant seeds of truth that will bring freedom into reality, ultimately with the evidence in baring good fruit!
Jesus paid a price for our freedom. To Him, we are worth it! His desire is that we all embrace this truth. If the actions in your life are revealing bad fruit that seems to keep coming back and freedom seems far away, don’t keep making the same mistakes as I did by just cutting off the bad fruit. Find someone who does deliverance ministry and ask for help. The Lord loves to use His people to set the captives free!
I pray this truth would be planted deep in the fertile soil of our hearts and we would earnestly pursue the freedom Jesus paid for.
In Jesus Name, Amen!
Evangelism Ministry Leader