BIRTH PANGS OF A MIRACLE

My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word. Psalm 119:25 (NKJV)

We usually do not seek freedom until we are miserable in our bondage. Sin’s pleasures can control us for many years, decades, even a lifetime. It is not until we realize the extent to which sin controls us that we cry out for release.

Some would say it is too late to be delivered from the bondage of such masters as lust, alcohol, drugs, fear, anger, and/or inferiority. But with God our helplessness is our first step on the road to freedom.

Too many of us do not fully receive our freedom in Christ because we will do almost anything to avoid such a predicament. We enjoy the feeling of control. We detest the notions that we cannot stop our drinking, cannot halt our immorality, cannot conquer our fears, cannot heal our marriages, and cannot discipline our children.

Perhaps you view helplessness as weakness—as admission that you are inadequate to solve your dilemma or to do anything apart from Christ, who said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NASB). But in God’s eyes and along His route to spiritual freedom, your feelings of helplessness are the birth pangs of a miracle.

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