FREEDOM: WHY DOES IT LOOK UPSIDE DOWN? WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM/LIBERTY
Forward Thinkers, we live in a make believe world where people spend more time looking the part than actually working on becoming the part.
I understand this mindset on social media where people are starving for any kind of attention or even in high school but unfortunately this mindset sits in the pews, sings in the choir, serves in the church, and even preaches in the pulpit on Sunday.
Forward Thinkers if there should be a place where people can actually be free it should be the church. The house of the Lord, the place of prayer, the open heaven where grace and mercy pours down on all people should always be a place with a no mask zone.
Forward Thinkers Moses declared to the slave master set my people free and today I have come to do that set the people free.
2 Corinthians 3:16-18New International Version (NIV)
16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom and liberty.
Forward Thinkers let’s look at verse 15: people are wearing masks and veils as the law is being spoken to them by Moses. Forward Thinkers Jesus came to redeem us from the law with grace and mercy because He realized we could continue to wear mask of shame living under the law only. Forward Thinkers we have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
Forward Thinkers people wear mask to hide from the truth not realizing you can only be set free through the truth.
Forward Thinkers people wear mask because they are stuck in bondage.
Here are 2 reasons why people who should be free are still wearing mask and veils:
1) The Past- has you stuck in yesterday constantly reminding you of all the mistakes you’ve ever made.
2) People- the devil will use people close to you to keep you stuck in the place they feel comfortable with you at because the enemy is afraid they will lose their power over you if you walk in freedom.
Question how do I get from the behind the mask?
Answer is to turn to the Lord
1) Forward Thinkers the Lord forgives us not condemns us therefore the Lord sets us free.
2) Forward Thinkers understand no man or woman has the power to stop the grace of God from operating in your life therefore stop letting people stop you from being set free, delivered, and becoming a brand new creature.
When is the time for us to turn to the Lord and be set free?
NOW is the time for men to be set free
What happens when a man is set free?
1) Forward Thinkers when a man is set free his house is set free
2) Forward Thinkers when a man is set free his community is set free
3) Forward Thinkers when a man is set free his leadership ability is set free
4) Forward Thinkers when a man is set free his church is set free
The devil desires to keep the man in bondage wearing a mask because a free man has the power to set everything he touches free.
Forward Thinkers it’s time for men to be transformed into the image of God and change back into the shot callers we were created to be. God created Adam, the man, in his image and gave him authority to run the world. The devil showed up and tricked Eve, Adam’s woman because Adam was silent, and that resulted in Adam being ashamed and hiding behind a mask.
It’s time the church was transformed into her full potential with Christ strengthening us along the journey.
If the man is set free through the spirit of the Lord then what is the spirit of the Lord?
1) PEACE Judges 3:9-11New International Version (NIV)
9 But when they cried out to the Lord, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them. 10 The Spirit of the Lord came on him, so that he became Israel’s judge[a] and went to war. The Lord gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. 11 So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.
2) CONFIDENCE John 14:25-27New International Version (NIV)
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
3) ANOINTED Isaiah 61New International Version (NIV)
61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
FORWARD THINKERS NOW WE ARE READY TO REMOVE THE MASK AND ENTER INTO A REAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS
OUR PAST CAN NO LONGER BOUND US AND OUR FUTURE IS UNLIMITED UNDER THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD
LORD I THANK YOU FOR THE PEACE, CONFIDENCE, AND ANOINTING I RECEIVED WHEN I TURNED TO YOU
Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church located, in both Houston, Texas, and the Woodlands, Texas. Pastor Deckard is also the Co-Founder of the No More Bloodshed Movement. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Periscope @ Pastor E A Deckard or the church website www.ghic.net.