Bondage & Freedom


Good day to you my readers! I’ve been putting together a little study to go through for a women’s Bible study that I will be facilitating on August 10, this year. After devoting some time to prayer, I decided to go ahead and put here on my blog. May the Lord use this to enlighten you by bringing you into a deeper and vibrant relationship with Himself. May the Lord bless you as do this!

What is the definition of Bondage?

What is the definition of Freedom?

What does bondage and freedom look like in your own life as it right now?

Now let’s begin. 

Genesis 15:12-16 ESV

 

As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. Then the LORD said to Abram,” Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. But I will bring them judgement on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace, you shall be buried in a good old age. And they shall come back in the fourth generation for the iniquity of the amorites is not yet complete.”

 

Joseph who was the great grandson of Abraham, whose mother was Rachel whom Jacob had loved. Joseph was 17 years-old and he shepherded the flock along with his brothers. One day he brought a bad report about the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah. Jacob who was now called Israel and he loved Joseph. Israel made him a coat of many colors for which his brothers hated and were jealous of him for it. Joseph had two dreams and when the brothers heard them they hated him all the more. Let’s read what they were:

 

Genesis 37:6-10

He said to them, “ Hear this dream that I have dreamed: Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field and behold my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold your sheaves in the field gathered it and bowed down to my sheaf.”  His brothers said to him are you to indeed reign over us? Or are you indeed going to rule over us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and his words.

 

Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, :”Behold I have dreamed another dream. Behold the sun, the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” But when he it was told to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him.” What is this dream you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come and bow down to the ground before you? And His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in his mind.

 

Fulfillment of these prophetic dreams happen years later after the Brothers have sold him into slavery in Egypt. Years pass as Joseph gets sent to prison unjustly and there he interprets the dreams of fellow prisoners but also of the Pharaoh which were also prophetic for each of the dreams were fulfilled.

 

The dreams I want to focus on are the ones, Joseph told his family and the one to Pharaoh.

 

Please READ the following:

Genesis 41-48.

John 8:31-38

 

Questions Section

I.Can you identify within these five chapters that we have read this month the following:

 

  1. The fulfilment of the dreams Joseph told his father and brothers in Genesis 37:6-12.List the evidence that you find and why you think it is the fulfillment of the two dreams given by Joseph to his family?

 

  1. Is there evidence of the fulfilment of the dreams of Pharaoh which were interpreted by Joseph if so please list it and why it is evidence for fulfilment of Pharaoh dreams?

 

  1. How does Genesis 46:1-4 relate Genesis 15:12-21 and Genesis 48?

II.   From reading John 8:31-38 consider the following:

 

  1. “ We are offspring of Abraham, and have never been enslaved to anyone.” How is it that you say, “You will become free?”  Is this a true statement made by the Jews in John 8:32?

III.   Does John 8:32 relate back to the chapters we read in Genesis? If so, list the chapters and verses below:

 

 

  1. How is the presence of God represented in chapter you have read in Genesis and John?
  2. How has the presence of God been made known to you?

IV.   How does the chapters we have read relate to you personally?

V.    In what ways have you or were you enslaved to destructive sins that have or will lead you away from the Lord? Take time right now and go before the Lord and ask Him if there is anything that you are currently enslaved to and ask Him specifically how He wants to free you from it?

  1. Has the Lord spoken to you about anything you are enslaved to? If so, write down what the Lord has shown to you and choose only one person to share that with and pray together with that one person about how to get set free from it.

 

  1. If you are willing to share how the LORD has used this study in your life please do so. I want feedback. If not it is completely okay.
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Great Expectations


There is a great longing and expectation in my heart to see and be in the presence of my  Lord and King. This longing was birthed into my soul on the day; I got a glimpse of Jesus as a child just twelve years-old. I will never forget that moment when I saw Him with arms open wide;  like a Father who has returned from a long trip to see his newborn child for the first time. There was assurance and reinforcement in my life that He was truly real and that He was truly God.

Today, is the day in the United States that we celebrate as a nation the founding of the nation as well as Independence from England. It is also a day that brings a great longing in my heart for true dependence on The Lord for this country and the rest of the world to recognize that Jesus Christ is God and by His authority we are to live by.

There is a great longing and expectation to see the Lord accomplish great things in my life and those around me. It is a time of reflection for the true independence He has brought in my life and those around me and the sacrifice of Jesus on behalf of not only my life but the lives of the whole world.

Let us remember that, independence and freedom did not come without a sacrifice of the shedding of blood. So, also your independence from addictions, strife, fear, worry, and depression did not come without a price of sacrifice.

It is a deliberate and voluntary choice to choose to take God at His Word and believe that His death on the cross was enough to bring you into freedom from these things.

Psalm 32:12 Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord, the people chose for his inheritance.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only son, whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident in this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.

 

Set Your Hope


Where do you set your hope?

In whom do you rely on?

Is it in your wealth?

Is it in your family?

Is it in yourself?

How can one succeed in life without placing their hope and faith Jesus Christ?

There is a little frame that I received when I graduated high-school twenty years ago from my founding pastor and his wife. It has this saying on it:

When I try

I fail……

When I trust 

God succeeds.”

 I still have this little frame which contains these words which is a huge milestone message in my opinion.

I have gone through these twenty years through various heart wrenching circumstances. The loss of loved ones, battling depression, battling various illnesses, being hospitalized for various things, battled thoughts of suicide while being on or off various medications and the list could still go on. I have been through times where I have been very angry with God for the things that I had gone through but then I would see this message on this frame all through out these years. I knew all that I had to do was to trust in God and no matter the situation or how hard it got deep down inside I knew His way was the best.

No matter what the plans I had were only GOD’s plan for my life would succeed. I would be extremely stubborn in my anger, grief and despair that I would throw tantrums wondering why I had to go through these things but until I went through ministry of being one on one with the LORD through the guidance of a counselor.

The Lord showed me where He was at each instance of abuse, betrayal, abandonment, loss of loved ones, in the hospital, in the tears and anger.

Let me let you in on the secret He is with you too through all the things you were and are going through. You see, Jesus, knew it all, yet for His purposes He allowed these things in my life in order to draw me closer and closer to Himself. He showed me that even as an infant in the crib that HIS banner of love was over me and He would weep over every instance of sin that was either done to me or that I had done to someone else.

One of my favorite worship songs a few years ago for which I cannot remember the exact title but here are some of the words.

His banner over me is love. His banner over me is love and He takes to His banqueting table of love.

For every tear you shed and every circumstance you face Jesus will be there, so set your hope in HIS everlasting love this day. Take some time right now, to be still and know the LORD is GOD in your life today.

 

God says, I love you!


I love you! I love you!

Rise up and sing.

I love you! I love you!

Before you were born.

Before you could speak a word.

I loved you! I loved you!

Listen, as I sing my song of love for you, My dear.

Listen, as I sing over you, My dear.

I love you! I love you!

I came and lived a sinless life, for you, My dear.

I came and was crucified for you, My dear.

I came and was raised to life, so that you could live with me, My dear.

I love you! I love you!

Hear me as I sing to you, My dear.

Don’t you know by now that I love you;

With all that I brought you through.

Will you sit at My feet,

So, I can lift you up from the dust and call you MY child.

I love you! I love you!

 

 

Need to Praise


There comes a time when you need to praise the Lord regardless of the circumstances that you may be going through. Speaking from experience, there have been days that I have not wanted leave my home on Sunday morning because I knew when I got to church tears would flow and today was one of those days. Although there was no church service with a segment of worship and sermon, I had instead a Bible Study group with other women. It was one of those days where on and off through out the day the tears flowed with bittersweet memories of years gone by. It is on these days that I must get up, turn on the music and praise GOD as the tears flow out and down my face; especially when things are extremely difficult. Those are the days one must praise God.

There is a release of every emotion imaginable and for me the tears flow every time even when I am angry when there is music going I can release it through my tears as the music and when I can I will sing it out. It is at these moments I have been able to express my praise not only with my voice but also writing poetry. Its in these moments that I run to Jesus.

I need to praise Thee in the morning.

I need to praise Thee in the mid-day sun.

I need to praise Thee in the moonlight .

With all I am and all I ever will be .

I will praise Thee.

When the tears flows, I feel released

Knowing that HE is there.

 

Lead Me


Lead me, oh, Lord

In righteousness.

Lead me, oh, Lord

In the stillness.

Let my ears be attentive to Your Spirit.

Help to let go of it all.

Help me to let go of what is gone.

Lead me, oh, Lord

In righteousness.

Lead me, oh, Lord

In the stillness.

Pressing onward.

Pressing upward.

Opening up my heart for more of You.

Help me to let go of it all.

Help me to let of what is gone.

Knowing that You know,

What is best for me.

Your way is perfect.

So, lead me, I do pray

With all my heart.

With all my mind.

With all my soul.

Let Your Spirit speak.

Let Your Spirit fall.

In the stillness.

In righteousness.

Lead me.

Interruption and Continuation


Philippians 1:6 Amplified

I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day Jesus Christ( right up to the day of His return), developing [that good work] and bringing it to full completion in you.

It is encouraging to me to know that God continues to work in my life. When I look back through past prayer journals and postings I am truly amazed at what God has done in my life up to this very moment.

I have been employed as a  part-time cashier with a grocery company now since September of 2016; I have been stuck in a rut and not happy with some things. I started to apply for jobs else where thinking that would solve my problem of my rut. Well, I applied for five different positions with four different companies and I heard back from 3. I got an interview with one yesterday but it did not work out. I was disappointed until God reminded of some things.

The LORD reminded of why HE placed me at the job I am still in. I am to be His hands and feet at this grocery store. Sometime last year I think I wrote about that He was the one through me working there as a cashier. He was the scanning and bagging the groceries for people. He was the one pushing the carts into the store and that He was giving me the rest that I need and also He is keeping a great opportunity to rely on HIM for my provision and not on myself.

Philippians 4:19 Amplified

And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5,6

Lean on , trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize and acknowledge Him and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

Be sufficient in HIS sufficiency.

Lean and rely HIM.

Extol the Lord.

Seek HIS face and not HIS hand..

Seek HIM in all things.

 

Recognizing that the Lord will interrupt my plans when I try to control of my plans instead of seeking HIM for HIS and obeying HIM.