“Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” Matthew 21:2
“The Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands.” Judges 15:14
Thus the Spirit of the Lord makes us free from all spiritual bonds, for “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Though I was torn from Christ by the enemy — yet as a robber he gets no right to me. Christ does not give up that right to me which He claims on so many accounts. And as soon as I am made willing by His grace to surrender myself to Him and desire to be delivered from the power of Satan, He vindicates and saves me, as His property. I am His! Satan loses his hold, and nothing in the world can withhold me from my Redeemer. All the fetters must fall off.
My soul, beware of yielding to the solicitations of any Delilah, or you will suffer for it as Samson did. But if you have backslidden, cry aloud to Jesus, and the Spirit of God will come upon you; and then your spiritual strength will return to you again. Sin weakens — but grace strengthens us. Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, by which you are sealed to the day of redemption.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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