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Slaves are freed

Hello, God has given me something in Ezra 9:9 which says,

 “For we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection in Judea and Jerusalem.

Slaves: Ezra was praying to God because the people had intermarried.  Ezra had torn his cloak and robe, and had pulled hair out of his head and beard. Then he sat down, appalled. He sat there, appalled, until the evening sacrifice, and there he prayed to God.

In the verse above he was saying that they were slaves, but God had not left them (Deuteronomy 31:6). He wasn’t going to leave them; in fact he had given His steadfast love to them, to let the, build the house of God.

Set free: Christians were once captive to sin, lost in a desert of it. We were truly stuck in our sins. But, Jesus came down to earth and gave His own life for us. He died for us on the cross for us. He saved us, and freed us from our sins. Why not come and be free, and worship Christ? Ezra said that he and the people were slaves, but that God had not forsaken them. Why not come, and be freed from the awful chained weight of sin. Jesus has the key, and if you come to Him, He’ll set you free.

What to do: Here is one thing, in application to this passage, which we are to do as Christians: Cry out to God. When we are in need, we need to cry out to God. He will supply all our needs. When we don’t know what to do, we ask God, He will answer us. Here is a tip: Whenever things are not going right, or you feel wrong, don’t blame God. That only makes things worse. Thank God, for all that He has done for you, like giving His only son for you. That may sound easy for me to say, but look what happened when the Israelites grumbled. Only their kids got to be in the Promised Land in physical life.

God: God is awesome and mighty. He is worthy of all praise. He loves; He sets us free from sin. He even extended His love before Jesus’ sacrifice, because the people made normal sacrifices. Now, we don’t need to, because God sent His only son to die for us, and cleanse us of our sins. Praise Him, and love Him with all of your heart. He deserves more than our praise, but praise Him with all your might, and give Him all of your love, and give Him all the glory. Thank You, Lord, for giving Your only son, whom You love, for us on the cross. Our God is awesome, and almighty to save, and He has saved us, praise Him!

Application: How does Ezra 9:9 apply to us? We were slaves, like Ezra and the people, we were slaves to sin. But God extended His love to us in our slavery, and sent His son to die for us, and make us free. He set us free from our bondage of sin! Thank You, Jesus! Our father had been Satan, and he had taken us captive, but Jesus came, and paid the price for our sins, and adopted us into His family. We are now sons and daughter of God! Thank You, Lord!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving me so much. Thank You for setting me free from sin. Please help me to love You more. Help me to draw close to You, and long to be with You. Please strengthen me in You, and help me to grow in You. Please strengthen other believers, and send a revival. Thank You for doing so much for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Verse(s):

Leave or forsake, Deuteronomy 31:6,

 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” ”

Beginning verse, Ezra 9:9,

“For we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection in Judea and Jerusalem.

 Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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