February 15, 2020

Zechariah 2:7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.  ~ As I was reading this morning, the Holy Spirit began to speak to me about this verse. ‘Deliver thyself’ is a command that they received from The Lord indicating that they had the power, the authority, and the ability to escape their enemy. Deliver means to escape, to save, and to preserve. There are times when God delivers us and breaks the power of darkness over our lives. He sets us free from our enemy and brings us into life and liberty in Christ Jesus. But then there are times where we bring deliverance and freedom into our lives by the choices we make. We are to shun evil. We are to keep ourselves out of situations and circumstances that could cause us to fall into sin. For example, before I got saved I drank all the time and was high all the time. After I got saved, God completely set me free of drugs and broke the power of addiction off of my life. But out of boredom and not having any Christian friends, there were times where I would hook back up with some of my old friends and would end up drinking. This happened every couple of months for about a year or so. I would purpose in my heart before I left not to drink but would always end up drinking. It’s not because drinking or alcohol controlled my life but it was because I was always putting myself in a place of temptation by being around it. I would see my friends doing it and they appeared to be having fun, so I would do it. If I would have never put myself in that position, I would have never been tempted to drink. I could have saved myself a lot of frustration, aggravation, and repenting if I would have made wise decisions to separate myself from those situations. It was by my choice. And it doesn’t have to just be with drugs or alcohol. It can be with gossip or lust, or any other appetite of the flesh. God’s spirit resides in us. Greater is he that is in us, than he that is the world…. And though this is true, we can’t always put ourselves in a place of temptation and not expect to fall in at some point. Jesus said to Satan in Luke 4 that it is written, thou shalt not tempt The Lord thy God.

If God has delivered us from a sin, let’s ensure that deliverance and victory by not putting ourselves in a position where we can be tempted. Make choices to stay out of those situations. God always makes a way of escape for us in every temptation however, we have to choose to receive it and we need to use wisdom in the choices we make. #separateyourself

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