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THEME: IDENTIFYING THE SHACKLES
Date: 1st November 2020
Bible Verse: Galatians 1:8


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Our guide scripture, the book of Galatians 1:8 says; But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!, the NLT translation have it more explanatory in definition; Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you.

The gospel is all about Goodnews of the Love of our heavenly father towards us, the finished work of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary and the unwavering presence of the Holy Spirit as a timely help in times of trouble but contrary to this glorious provision to the world the devilthrough his manipulative means seek to overturn the works of freedom that Jesus perfected for us on the cross.

Deception and Manipulation

Let us face it; there are challenges in the life of people that need solution / answers, unfortunately, this is where the works of the devil comes in; he uses manipulative means through his agents of false doctrine and those that were once genuinely called by God but have compromised the gospel to carry out his destructive works.

For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect (see matthew 24:24), the name of the game is deception and manipulation; they seek to gain access to peoples heart or confidence through many suspicious signs and wonders that are questionable but unfortunately they are too manipulative for their unsuspecting miracle seekers that will end in their cage.

The starting point is always welcoming and interesting, prayers are offered according to the original reason why the seeker has been to them but the goal post are always shifted to distract their unsuspecting victims, words of fear and constant deception that will take away peace and erect more uncertainty and worries are part of the plans of the game.

Let us draw more light from the scripture; I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd gives His life for the sheep; But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep - John 10:11-13

Jesus called the workers of evil masquerading as Prophets, Pastors, General Overseers, Leaders, Workers, herbalist, ritualist, palm readers, sorcerers, witches / wizards, occultic as hireling, those with a contrary motive to the gospel of liberation found in Jesus.

Yoke of Bondage

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage (see Galatians 5:1)

When a so called minister of the Gospel require of you other than prayer and fasting for a situation to change cause, but had rather introduce fettish means as a catalyst to make the prayer more effective, all it means is "there is fire on the mountain", a prayer session that will require that a grown up Sister or Woman bath naked in the presence of the Pastor is a clear sign that the scripture of God is not at work in that atmosphere.

Having a prayer cloth to sleep with for protection, burning of incense, bathing with strange soap, eating concussion, incission from ministers of the gospel, rituals in guise of prayers, avoiding a particular color, don't tithe in your church except another church, don't eat a particulat food, exchange of sex for prayer or solution, paying for prayer / fasting, etc..., the list can still be populated but this a just common signs of shackles.

When a minister of the Gospel commercialises the grace of God upon his life, asking for payment to have appointment with the pastor, payment to have a reserved place to seat in the church, when the people are put in a system of fear and constant reminder of how what they are going through is too strong but no application of the word of God to revive the faith and focus of the sheep on God, this acts calls for concerns

Don't let us be swayed away from the fact that the devil is deceitful in his works, his empire of attacking the children of God is not limited to the areas of ministers of the Gospel alone, he works through members whose intention is to dress to kill, exposing sensitive parts of our body in church yet we ask the ushers to position us where more eyes will see us, dressing to a prayer counselling with compelling hidden motives, this are shckles in disguise

Conclusion

God will not go against His set standards, he gave unto us one of the most promising verse that could guide and keep us away from deception and manipulation of shackles, Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (see John 8:32) and Jesus goes further to reveal the kind of truth that has the freedom capacity that is able enough to set us free, the answer is in John 14:6, Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Consider this, when a mother cooks with consideration to the health and according to the taste of all the family members, the choice remains if they will eat because the food is available, we are the chosen generation, christ paid all the price, we don't need to run from pillar to post in search of solution, the secret ket is to trust God's plans, timing and live a prayerful and consecrated life, "it is well".

Group Discussion

(1). How dangerous are shackles?
(2). People see traces of fake signs and yet do not run - discuss
(3). What are the ways of escape from shackles?

Thanks for being part of today's Milk & Bone, I pray that as we strive to be as Holy as our Lord and God is Holy (1 Peter 1:16), we will continue to be God's delight here on earth in Jesus name, amen.

Let Us Pray

(1). O Lord my God, take the cup of shackles away from me
(2). Lord Jesus, fill my heart with the light of your truth
(3). Whatever will distract me from the gospel, father take it away

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