To be imprisoned in the mind is to be in prison in the heart. We are not worthy on most occasions to dine at the table of the King, but we are His welcome and honored guests anyway. How many times have you been run over by other people, another bus coming to roll over you, in forward and reverse, even as you are trying to do the next right thing. Have you learned to humble yourself, be still, and be quiet? Are you getting push back from good folks that used to HAVE your back? The hits sometimes keep coming. The world wants to keep us down, afflicted, in PRISON; however, JESUS came to set us FREE.
Jeremiah 52:31-34 – In the thirty-seventh year of the exile of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the year Awel-Marduk became king of Babylon, on the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month, he released Jehoiachin king of Judah and freed him from prison. 32 He spoke kindly to him and gave him a seat of honor higher than those of the other kings who were with him in Babylon. 33 So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king’s table. 34 Day by day the king of Babylon gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived, till the day of his death.
Favor isn’t always fair and haters are going to hate. Period. You can allow it to keep you in prison, or you can sit at the King’s table and dine. It’s a choice. Someone asked me recently, “How long will you feel as if you owe a debt to society, to the world, to other people?” It was one of the most profound questions I have ever been asked, because I do not have an answer. How long do we live with regret, with past pain? In doing that, we hold onto our history at the expense of our destiny! We keep on the prison clothes, the ones woven together with strands of people pleasing, approval addiction, and self-doubt and we eat scraps from the table instead of dining with the King! God doesn’t measure our success with our deeds, only our obedience, faith, and righteousness! And we are FREE! Release YOURSELF from your own prison!
You can read Jeremiah 49-52 about Jeremiah’s call and his prophecy against Judah at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Jeremiah
To further your reading, consider this from:
Psalm 142:7 – Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your Name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.
God does not separate the social and spiritual needs of people. He attends to them both. Many who are the first will be last, and many who are last will be first.