Words from the Heart for Saturday August 12th, 2017
We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap. The trap is broken, and we are free! Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 124:7-8 (NLT)
We Are Free
What a wonderful picture is given to us in this verse. We see ourselves like a helpless bird caught in a trap with no way of escape no matter how hard we try. How could we go free? We need someone else to be powerful enough to break that trap and let us go free. Our God who made heaven and earth is totally qualified to do just that!
The 1960 Canadian Bill of Rights was the country’s first federal law that guarantees human rights and fundamental freedoms. Considered groundbreaking at the time, it was eventually superseded by the 1982 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Introduced by Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, its preamble affirms “that the Canadian Nation is founded upon principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God, the dignity and worth of the human person and the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions.” It also affirms that “men and institutions” remain free only when freedom is founded on respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law. The Bill recognizes the rights of individuals to life, liberty, personal security and enjoyment of property and applies only to federal law.
Have you noticed that temptation never looks like a trap? Satan always paints temptation with a beautiful brush. When temptation comes, the Enemy of our souls convinces us that there will be no consequences to yielding to sin, no price to pay, no pain and suffering. He makes the sin look like it will minister to our deepest needs, and fails to offer the alternative – broken relationships, ruined lives, physical deterioration and ruined reputations. Temptation portrays itself as an act of freedom from rules and regulations, but in reality it shackles anyone who yields and falls into sin. It is only grace that truly sets us free from the pain and shame of sin and the guilt it brings. The Psalmist recognized this and wrote in Psalm 124:7-8: “We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap. The trap is broken, and we are free! Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” What a powerful picture is being painted here. This portrays a life that has been transformed by the Lord Jesus, and is empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a life of freedom in Christ. You don’t have to yield to every temptation that comes you way. God doesn’t want you to fall into sin every time temptation is offered. When Jesus died on the cross, taking the punishment you deserve, He did so to set free all who feel trapped by sin and guilt. Have you experienced true freedom in Christ?
These have been words from the heart.