In September 1987, I was jogging on a road in Fairview, Texas. There was a lady parked on that road that I knew, and I waved to her as I went by. She yelled at me and said, "I want a hug." I said, "I don't have time." God said to me, "You have time." I humbled myself, turned, and jogged back to her car. As I gave her a hug the spirit of prophecy came up in my spirit. The prophecy was, "As Joseph's brothers sold him into bondage, so have your brothers and sisters put you into bondage, but there is coming a great deliverance." I knew that prophecy was for me. Psalm 105 talks of Joseph's bondage and in verse 19 it states, "Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him." There was an awareness that I was moving into a period of trial like I had never experienced in my life, and that I would have to humble myself to ever be led out of the bondage that God spoke of. By then I had learned that humility is taking up your cross daily and following the voice of the Lord Jesus.
The Lord is directing me to share how this great deliverance started in my life in 1971. I was living in Sarcoxie, Missouri and had been studying the bible since 1968. God had brought me to a place to see that a righteous person was not under the law.
I Timothy 1:9 says, "Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,"
During this time, God had directed me to seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33), and that the gospel is the power (ability) of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.
Romans 1:16-17 says, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power (ability) of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. v.16
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." v.17
God had taught me that salvation was not a one time experience, as I had been taught in church, but a process. He had also taught me that salvation was more than receiving Christ. I Corinthians 6:17 tells us that he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. To be joined to the Lord is the new birth.
After receiving Christ, we need to have our soul saved. The soul is the will, intellect, and emotion. I Peter 1:22 says, "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:"
James 1:21 tells us that we need our souls saved and how that process works. "Wherefore lay apart (to put away-this will be achieved by being led by the Spirit - Romans 8:13-14) all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." Verse 22 tells us that we need to be doers of the word for this process to take place. "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." To be a doer of the word, you will have to serve God with your spirit in the gospel of Jesus (Romans 1:9) and be led by the Spirit.
I Peter 1:9 tells us that through faith our souls will receive salvation, "Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
Philippians 2:12-13 says, "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. v.12
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. v.13"
We need to understand that we must believe the gospel in our heart. Then God will lead us by his Spirit and work in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
God led me to acknowledge that four things in my life need to be corrected:
One - I was not under the law.
Two - My dad was my dad and not my father, but God in heaven was.
Three - I was bound to my mother.
Four - When I married Patti, we vowed in our wedding vows to be together in sickness and health, and in poverty and wealth until death parted us.
Once I acknowledged that these things needed to be corrected in my life, the Spirit of God began to lead me and deliver me from the bondage's of the law, my dad being my father, my bondage to my mother, and the ridiculous vows that I said when I got married. No sensible person would vow to be in poverty and sickness. I pray that God will open your eyes to these things. It took years for God to lead me to be free from those bondage's. I am not saying that I am free today, but I believe I am. These were the bondage's that God started setting me free from early. Those bondage's were achieved through the works of the flesh. I Corinthians 1:29 says, "That no flesh should glory in his presence." I have no problems acknowledging today that my dad and my mom are my father and my mother, but I only knew them after the flesh. I can truthfully say, that I had essentially overcome my dad, my mother, and Patti by the time they all went to heaven. Since that time God has delivered me from many things and is delivering me every day.
In Ephesians 4:22-32 it tells us what we must do, "That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; v.22
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind (will); v.23
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. v.24
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. v.25
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: v.26
Neither give place to the devil. v.27
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. v.28
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. v.29
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. v.30
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: v.31
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." v.32
We understand that all of these works are done by the Father; working the power in us that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead. (Ephesians 1:19-20)
Servant and apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ