1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”
4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.
God is saying to me: “Jer, I want you to live free…holistically free…freedom for your body, soul, and mind. I want you be become completely unhindered so that you can walk…so that you can dance!…in My rhythms for the good of the world. I stopped and will stop at nothing to free you from the insidious chains that warp your heart and leave you incapable of walking in the Way of Jesus for the good of the world.”
Here’s what I’m going to do, today, with what God is saying to me: I’m going to embrace my liberation I’m going to walk away from the familiar piles of chains that Jesus has set me free from. Today, I’m going to walk in my freedom into the life of a captive other…and I’m going to participate with the Holy Spirit in His work of reconciliation, restoration, and righteousness.
Jer Swigart, Pastor
The Open Door Community – Walnut Creek