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by denise watson-smith
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In the scriptures, Matthew 18:18, it reads, “Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.” With that being said in the scriptures, how many of us will be bound in Heaven? Why? What things are causing us to be bound? Who is going to cause you to be bound? We should be binding up the works of Satan in our lives, but instead of binding Satan, we are allowing the enemy to bind us. Instead of seeking out friends and family when there is an issue in our lives, we should be seeking God. Man can not deliver you, only God can. We would rather take our burdens to a friend’s house, job, and email and leave them there instead of taking them to God instead. In doing so, you are not only remaining bound, but you are allowing your friend or loved one to be bound as well, because you have unloaded on them, so now they are carrying your burdens in addition to their own. We want to dump on someone else to make ourselves feel better, but we have no thoughts or concerns of allowing someone to feel better. We are steady making a withdrawal from a bank that we are not depositing anything into. We are so bound up that we just want to unload on anyone, whether they want to listen or not, so that we can feel better. But what you are failing to realize is that is only a temporary fix. It is like being a addicted to drugs, sex or alcohol, you are looking for something to make you feel good for the moment, instead of seeking out that which will give you permanent joy. We should not desire to want things in our lives that can give us momentary pleasure, but should desire that which can give us eternal peace, eternal joy. We need to stop looking at individuals as if they are Jesus the Christ, and start seeing them for who they are, people, who are called by God to do His will. Man can not save, man can not deliver, man can not heal and man will disappoint you. Man will get tired of you, but only God can save; only God can deliver; only God can heal, and God will NEVER get tired of you. Looking in the face of man will not bring deliverance. We would rather trust man to solve our problems than consult God.
We would rather seek out a friend than seek out Jesus. We hang out in our friends home unloading instead of hanging out on the threshing floor and giving it all to God. I can speak personally on this matter, because I have been the dumper, as well as the dumpee. As the dumper, my friends could not deliver me from depression or anything else that I was experiencing, all they could do was feel bad for me, some prayed, some didn’t. Others wished I would be quiet because I was depressing them. So there I was bound up and bringing others with me. We are bound because we turn to Jesus last. We are bound because we do not have that personal relationship with God, so instead, we infringe on everyone else’s relationship with Him. I am very selfish when it comes to my relationship with my Heavenly Father, because it is my relationship with Him. You are not willing to share your personal time with your husband or wife with someone, it is the same way about someone’s personal time spent with God, it is theirs. Trust me; there is enough Jesus to go around. You have to seek Him for yourself. There is a saying that goes, “Misery loves company.” Well there is another saying as well or maybe I just made it up, “I ain’t trying to have that kind of party.” Instead of seeking out a friend who we can unload on, we should seek out Jesus. It is ok to have friend you can lean on or talk to, but before leaning on others, lean on Jesus. Seek the deliverer. Build your own relationship with the Savior. I will tell anyone, you can’t get saved based on my relationship with God; you have to get your own. I am encouraging everyone to seek Jesus first. Lean on God first. We have to stop holding each other hostage to our burdens. We have to get God for ourselves. Don’t make fun of me because of the way I praise God. Don’t make fun of me because of my worship; don’t roll your eyes because of my shout. If you seek Him for yourself, you will find out what my shout is about. Stop seeking others for deliverance. If you want deliverance, seek the deliverer.
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