Monday, October 16, 2017

The Biblical Pattern of Freedom, Growth, Prosperity and Fulfilment

UV 2803/10000 The Pattern of Freedom and Prosperity
And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.
Ezekiel 34 v 27
This uni-verse promises six great blessings all of us need for a successful, meaningful, prosperous and joyful life: yield of fruit, increase, safety or security, knowledge of the Lord, the breaking of bondages that enslave us, deliverance out of the hands of erstwhile masters. The key factor which would lead to all the other five is the knowledge of the Lord or a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. We need to know the limitless love, grace, power and mercy of the Lord not in a theoretical way but at a deeply personal level. We need to attempt to get to know the Lord as well as He knows us. Knowledge of the limitless or infinite love of the Lord will enable us to break the self imposed limits we place on ourselves by our own way of thinking. Our perspective will be transformed and it will lead to a change in our choices, our priorities, our actions and reactions. Knowledge of the Lord also means knowledge of His word which contains precepts, principles, examples, testimonies, judgements, experiences of godly people who have gone before us.
The change in the way we process our thoughts, emotions and decisions will naturally lead to a change in our results or fruit of actions. As we yield our wills increasingly to the Lord, He increases our yield of spiritual and all other types of fruit or end results of our lives. Our experience and expression of the spiritual fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control will keep increasing or growing in us. The fruit is meant both for sustenance and growth as food and for healing as medicine. We will enjoy Shalom or spiritual security, peace and safety as we cannot be preyed upon by spiritual predators of the dark world and their deluded human agents. The bondages of dead habit will be broken. The heavy burdens of guilt, fear, existential worries will be removed from our backs so that we can walk erect and upright. The Lord will give us a lighter load or responsibility to save others who are presently carrying a heavy load and are spiritually oppressed for the greatest oppression is spiritual and the greatest freedom is spiritual. The physical, the political, the intellectual, the social freedom only flows from the spiritual freedom.
The Lord will deliver us from our evil masters of yore: the world,love of money, lust, covetousness, the fear of death and judgement, forces of evil that exploit us. The spirit will rule the flesh and not the other way around. The Lord will teach us to be shrewd or subtly wise as the serpent so that the enemy of our souls does not any longer delude or deceive or entice us in any way. He will also teach us to be as gentle as Jesus and the Holy Spirit who is imaged as the dove. For all these blessings to flow and overflow in our lives, the root is our faith in Jesus.

Prateep V Philip

1 comment:

  1. Thank your very much for this uni-verse. It is very meaningful.
    Dr Alfred Devaprasad
    CEO Christwood School