As explained in other sections of the website I’ve seen alot of heartbreak in people’s lives all around me. Family and friends, people in bondage to alcohol addiction, people dying from alcohol and drug addiction, people living with the weight of depression hanging over them, people dying from depression, premature loss of lives from cancers, and accidents, mothers going hungry in order to feed their children. I’ve just witnessed the life being sucked out of many people.
I spent many years trying to fix things for other people, like my dad’s manic depression, but nothing seemed to work. With lack of wisdom I thought depression could be avoided if you lived differently, exercised more, got out there and enjoyed life, took little herbal tablets that were advertised on t.v., had more money etc. etc. so I became totally disillusioned and confused when it happened to me too. I thought I had prepared myself well against it.
Likewise I could never understand the complete bondage people with addictions are in, how could it get to the stage of death – why couldn’t they be helped before it’s too late.
Since I found Jesus and have come into the beautiful awareness of the Kingdom of God here on this earth, I’ve witnessed and continue to witness the power of God setting people free to live in peace, contentment and joy. I found this ‘new way’ to live, real joy, that has to be shared. I feel very passionately that I just can’t sit back and allow my people to perish anymore.
When I started sharing my plans for Linking Hope a number of people said to me that they could see my ‘heart in this’ and I was reminded of this yesterday when I was driving in my car. I began to think about what my heart is in all of this and almost immediately the words ‘To set the downtrodden free’ came into my mind and sunk into my spirit.
Now…I didn’t come up with this heart all by myself. In fact in the not so distant future these thoughts would never have entered my head, I was too busy working and living, too busy to get too involved, never would have thought that trying to make a difference was worth the effort, experience taught me otherwise.
However, I’ve had a heart transplant (Ezekiel 18:31) and God has put His compassion in my heart through His Spirit.
There are many times in the last couple of years that I’ve shed tears for people, really unexpectedly, they’ll just come into my head and I’ll be prompted to pray for them – this is not my leading but I believe the Holy Spirit making me aware of God’s love and thoughts towards people. He knows more than anyone what any person needs at any given time.
A few years ago I wouldn’t even have come up with a sentence like ‘to set the downtrodden free’ and for those of you who may not be familiar with scriptures, this come from 2 verses in the bible. In the Old Testament when the prophet Isaiah foretells of the coming of a saviour (Isaiah 61) and then in the gospel of Luke: 4: 18-21 we are told that Jesus himself:
found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed/downtrodden free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Jesus came and his concern was for the oppressed and downtrodden. Who are they? They are the ones who have been bruised by life, both in body and in spirit, crushed spiritually and physically.
Jesus also tells us In John 10:10:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it in abundance/to the full.
So you can see too that Jesus had a heart for the downtrodden, he came to set them free.
Jesus also came to reveal to us the Father, what he’s like so that we might experience the love that he has for us. In John 17:25-26 Jesus prays:
“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
And what kind of love does God the Father have for us?
Jesus taught us in His parables the value that God places on each and every one of our lives.
In the parable of the Lost sheep he tells us the great lengths a man will go to to bring back a lost sheep, although he already has 99 with Him, he will go in search of the 1 that was lost and when he finds it he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
In the parable of the Lost Coin he tells us that although there was only one coin lost the owner swept the house and searched carefully until it was found and then phoned her friends and neighbours and asked them to rejoice with her.
In the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) you will see how the Father wasn’t disappointed in His son, the son who having made a mess of everything when he tried to do it his own way, returned to his father for help after the path he chose himself failed. The son may have felt himself unworthy but the Father clothed him in royal robes and threw a celebration. ‘Everything I have is yours’ says the Father – he wants us to have everything that he has.
Are you God’s lost sheep today – the one he wants to lift up upon His shoulders, above the storms of life?
Maybe you’re his lost son? The one he’s waiting for, he wants to clothe you in royal robes, to let you know how loved and valued you are, he wants to take away all your fears, make you aware of your inheritance – that everything he has is yours.
So, It’s not just my heart that wants to see you come to know the saving love and life of Christ, it’s the heart of your Eternal Father in Heaven. The one who made you, the one who knows you inside out, the one who loves you and is longing for the opportunity to pour his love upon you. The one who sent His only begotten son to die for you to make a way for you to come back into His loving embrace, His protection, His promises of Hope and a great future, the abundant life only He can give, back into the garden of Eden, the place where you don’t have to toil for your life.
For me it started with a simple prayer of salvation, being led to the Lord as others call it. The Pope talks about it as accepting Christ’s offer of salvation.
Biblically it’s explained in the Old Testament of the Bible, in Ezekiel 18:31 when God says:
Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit.
In the New Testament St Paul States in Romans 10:9:
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.…
turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Whatever we want to call it, it comes down to a choice. You make a free, personal and mature decision for Christ, like that which Christians took in the early centuries on receiving baptism.
Are you ready and willing to make the first step back into your Father’s arms?
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