Those who know me really well know that I just love Beth Moore. I’m not a groupie but rather I see her as a big sister who longs to teach me (and our other sisters) about our Father’s incomparable love, power and freedom. Today I find myself so excited by the Christmas Eve entry in her book, Breaking Free: Day by Day.
“In this way they plundered the Egyptians.” ~ Exodus 12:36
When God’s people were set free, He allowed them to escape with more than they had. We’ve all heard the saying, “That which does not kill us only makes us stronger.” Well, that’s plundering. Beth says, “Don’t just reclaim the ground you’ve surrendered.” I think so often that’s all we want when we’re trying to lose weight. We’re just trying to get back to some weight or some size and that will be enough. No, that’s not enough! If we don’t walk away from captivity stronger in faith, in spirit, in body, in mind… then guess where we will end up before we know it? Yep, right back in bondage. That’s scriptural in fact! The enemy doesn’t want you to break free (and stay free) from his strongholds. So he returns with a vengeance and if all you’ve gained is a better looking you… well, you probably won’t be free for very long. Sometimes I think he doesn’t get as mad when you break away because he knows, more than likely, he’ll get you back. He knows that most believers don’t exercise their faith and I wonder if it’s more satisfying to drag one, once free, right back into slavery.
You may be wondering why on earth I titled this a Christmas Message. It’s because freedom was made possible by that child the shepherds found lying in a manger. He gave us the greatest gift, Salvation, and along with that gift came access to the power of God. However, that isn’t to lift us up because it is in our weakness that He is strong. If we want to break free… and stay free, we have to let Him rescue us from the pit and fully rely on Him to keep us out of it. We must take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
So, yes, by all means, escape, but plunder the enemy on the way out.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” ~ Luke 2:11