Occupied Territory

Enemy territory abounds. It’s this present world! The enemy works to control all residents of his territory. Paul speaks about this cruel despot in Ephesians 2:2 as “…. the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” However, there are some who realize the need to escape his tyranny. God sends representatives (prophets, preachers, missionaries, teachers, evangelists) to tell these people how they can escape the enemy’s control. There is a catch to this; they must remain for a time in the occupied territory in order to demonstrate to other residents the blessings of rescue. How is this accomplished? God enters the inner being of all who open themselves to Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Paul explains in Ephesians 3:17-19: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” While they remain in this world, Christ enters their hearts in response to their placing their faith in Him. He begins setting them free (on the inside) from sin’s bondage. Eventually, their bodies will be liberated. Meanwhile, Christ is using them to show others that freedom can be experienced. God’s Presence is purging Satan’s power out of their lives. The battle rages but fades more and more as God’s Word is internalized. “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:4-5). Haldor Lillenas understood. He wrote about it in the hymn, “Glorious Freedom: ” “Once I was bound by sin’s galling fetters, chained like a slave, I struggled in vain; but I received a glorious freedom, when Jesus broke my fetters in twain. Freedom from all the carnal affections, freedom from envy, hatred and strife; freedom from vain and worldly ambitions, freedom from all that saddened my life. Freedom from pride and all sinful follies, freedom from love and glitter of gold; freedom from evil, temper, and anger, glorious freedom, rapture untold. Freedom from fear with all of its torments, freedom from care with all of its pain; freedom in Christ, my blessed Redeemer, He Who has rent my fetters in twain. Glorious freedom, wonderful freedom, no more in chains of sin I repine! Jesus the glorious Emancipator, now and forever He shall be mine.” Selah! This is what gradually sets us free. It is the Living Word within us using the written Word to sanctify us!   Ron

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