Untie me!

Posted: October 24, 2008 in Cool Stuff just for you

 

On my way up to Olympia yesterday I had the gospel of Mark playing on my ipod.  It got to chapter three and a part just SCREAMED out at me.  Here it is…  oh, this is in the message bible.

 

20Jesus came home and, as usual, a crowd gathered—so many making demands on him that there wasn’t even time to eat. 21His friends heard what was going on and went to rescue him, by force if necessary. They suspected he was getting carried away with himself.
22The religion scholars from Jerusalem came down spreading rumors that he was working black magic, using devil tricks to impress them with spiritual power. 23Jesus confronted their slander with a story: “Does it make sense to send a devil to catch a devil, to use Satan to get rid of Satan? 24-26A constantly squabbling family disintegrates. If Satan were fighting Satan, there soon wouldn’t be any Satan left. 27Do you think it’s possible in broad daylight to enter the house of an awake, able-bodied man, and walk off with his possessions unless you tie him up first? Tie him up, though, and you can clean him out.

28“Listen to this carefully. I’m warning you. There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. 29But if you persist in your slanders against God’s Holy Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives, sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives.” 30He gave this warning because they were accusing him of being in league with Evil.

So here we have a situation where critics of Jesus were basically saying that he was evil.  So instead of fighting back with insults, he told a story about the nature of evil.  How brilliant is that?  The part that stood out to me was this…

27Do you think it’s possible in broad daylight to enter the house of an awake, able-bodied man, and walk off with his possessions unless you tie him up first? Tie him up, though, and you can clean him out.

How many times have we allowed division in our lives to “tie” us up.  When we are divided and devouring one another, the enemy ties us up and in broad daylight in front of everyone walks right in and steals our fruit, our joy, our families, etc.  The point here is that we need to avoid division.  Division basically ties us up and opens the door to the enemy so he can steal from us.  That means unity locks the door and unties us so that we can accomplish all that we were designed to do!

How cool is that?

So my prayer is this today:  Lord, let me be in unity with you and others so that I can be untied from the enemy’s power of stealing in my life.  I want to be free to be all that you have called me to be!

AMEN!

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Comments
  1. Jen says:

    “There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven….”

    Words to live by. 🙂

    Thank you Rick, I enjoy your blog

    Jen

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