Sunday, January 21, 2007
By Ramone - January 16, 2007
This picture is part of a series (see this link) that came as God talked to me after soaking in our Japanese bath one night. I asked Him why my struggle with lust had gone on so long, and He said it was because He would use it to help other people into freedom from lust. I cried so hard when He told me that. And we talked for awhile after that, and this was one of the pictures that came out.
The book of James says to confess your sins to one another so that you may be healed. What this looks like for us is sharing with a brother in Christ the things that you wouldn't want to share with anyone. Your dirt. Your shame. Your horrible thoughts. And as you come to Him together, He somehow uses that to set you free. He begins to show you what is "you" and what is not you -- what is the enemy trying to sound like you, and what is still "sin that lives in me" (as Paul said).
It's a hard thing to confess, sometimes. But as we pray together, and as He makes Himself known in our midst (as He promised, "where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them"), He sets us free. And we fly together in Him! We are released together in Him.
We are flying together, here! Our color is like gold because we are flying in faith -- faith in Him, faith that what He says about what He's done for us is true, and faith that what He says about us is true, that we are who we say He says we are! Raised up, healed, set free, redeemed, and we have been given a new heart and a new spirit -- one that delights in Him! As we believe Him, and as we share this with one another ("accountability"), He uses one another to show it to us more and more that it is true, and before we know it we begin to find ourselves rising with wings as eagles and soaring in Him... together with Him.
Thank You, Lord!
P.S. This picture is another part of "together" ministry.