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No Longer Bound - The Power to Break Free

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No Longer Bound
The Power to Break Free

Whether we want to admit it or not, most of us have received emotional wounds from the pathways of our past. From the moment of our birth, the sparks began to fly. We were born and raised in a cruel, imperfect world where wounds came easily. We also have the trial of our faith, which compounds the pain. We may have even picked up some addictions or bondages along the way, which we must deal with constructively. It’s not God’s will for us to be in bondage to our past. We must break free!

No matter who we are—businessperson, salesperson, blue collar, construction worker, computer whiz, student, professional, homemaker, mother, father, husband, or wife; life can be ruthless, brutal, and challenging to cope with at times. On the outside, we may look good by putting on a mask to cover the hurt, but the fact remains: the wound is still there and festering.

Whether you require healing or deliverance, the first step is to believe in God’s desire and will for you to be whole. He desires this in every area of your life. God’s intention in saving us was to heal us, body, soul, and spirit. The apostle Paul makes this abundantly clear in his first epistle to the Thessalonians.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Salvation involves more than saving man's soul; it means total salvation for spirit, soul, and body. The Greek words for “saved” and “salvation” are "Sozo" and "Soteria," which reveal to us clearly, God’s desire to save us spirit, soul, and body.

These words mean to save, deliver, protect, heal, preserve, do well, be or make whole, and rescue or safety.

It may be that you have been in a state of denial and have not wanted to face the ugly wounds of your past. If this is so, you will need to acknowledge openly and confess your wounds.

It’s time to make straight paths for your feet by facing the wound's ugliness and receiving the needed healing. The Holy Spirit desires to shine a light on areas you have been hiding or hurting from, but He needs your cooperation.

Luke 8:17 For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.

Because we all tend to excuse ourselves so readily, it's hard to discern the areas of oppression in our lives. After all, these are our thoughts, attitudes, and perceptions. Moreover, we tend to justify and defend our opinions with the same degree of intensity with which we justify and defend ourselves.

When identifying your strongholds, survey or examine the attitudes in your heart. Every area in your thinking that glistens with hope in God is an area that Christ is liberating. But on the other hand, any system of thought without hope but feeling hopeless is a stronghold that needs pulling down.

When we allow places of darkness to remain, Satan can operate and wreak havoc in our lives. These strongholds become his base of operations from which he launches his attacks. Ephesians 4:27 tells us not to give place to the devil. Notice that it says we are the ones who give him a place of operation. Are you giving Satan a base to operate by not surrendering to God’s authority? The devil flees when we submit to God.

Are you committed to tearing down your strongholds where Satan is still wreaking havoc? As the following Scripture shows, God has given you the authority and power to defeat and drive Satan’s influence from every area of your life.


Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Our obedience to God’s Word brings us freedom and deliverance. It puts us in a position to punish Satan by bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Satan has nowhere to stand when we apply God’s truth. We are pulling the rug out from under his feet, which causes him to be thrown off balance as he hurls his darts at us. They miss the mark, which helps us to break free and continue our journey without being bogged down by our past. The weight is lifted, wound is healed, the bondage is broken, and we are now ready to pursue our destiny and purpose without weights holding us back.

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Thriving During Troubous Times Devotionals

1.  Thriving in Troublous Times

2.  Empowered for Kindom Success

3.  A Mighty Rushing Wind is Coming

4.  God's Divine Seed Engrafted

5.  No Longer Bound - Breaking Free

6.  Delighting in God Amid Adeversity

7.  The Necessity of Fruitful Characteristics





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Rise of the Anointed Ones
By Kenneth L. Birks

The "Rise of the Anointed Ones" is a 40-day devotional book that perfectly fits our present times. As you read through the 40 devotionals, you will find a beautiful blend of timeless truths fitly applied to today's culture and challenges. The majestic flow from theme to theme contains powerful prophetic revelations as God calls His Anointed Ones to rise. Each of these devotionals stands on its own, but together they will propel the reader into a rewarding journey of experiencing God's presence in tumultuous times. Each devotional ends with a Davidic poem in nature flowing like a delightful stream with heavenly impartations. "Rise of the Anointed Ones" is like a voice in the wilderness calling God's beloved away from all that distracts to Him who is jealous for His bride.

Review: Ed Becker, Author, Sr. Pastor writes:

"Ken Birks has written a masterpiece of superb continuity. Each daily devotional I read, along with the poem, and special prayer, became my favorite in the whole book – until I read the next one. As I finished the manuscript, I realized each devotional revealed timely end-time strategies to enlighten, equip, and inspire the believer. Each devotional also challenges the reader to grow, mature, and pursue the highest level of Christian conduct."

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