I love this picture. Jesus is so compassionate and merciful here, just like a father consoling his daughter.
This takes me back to one particular night,many years ago. It's so clear in my memory, it still feels like yesterday.
Everyone was at my grandmothers house, drinking and hanging out. I just started getting sober from drinking and drugging that I began distancing myself from family and friends to seek God. That particular night while everyone began arriving, I decided to stay in my room. I knew that if I walked out that door, everything would of changed in an instant. My life was literally on the line.
Then there was the knock. My uncle was calling me to come hang outside with them. My heart sunk because I knew I couldn't. It wasn't because I was better or holy, it was because God opened my eyes to see it was spiritual. It was as if Satan himself knew my weakness and sought to bring me down. I stood at the door and gave a reason why I couldn't. I quickly locked the door and stood there staring at the door. I knew if I stepped out that door, I would be drawn back into my old ways. God had brought me too far to go back.
It felt like eternity standing there. My flesh was pulling one way and my spirit another. I quickly grabbed my bible and fell to my knees. "Lord, if I go out there I know I will do drugs. I can't do this by myself. I need you! I need you to send them away. I refuse to go out there. I will not go out there! I don't care if I have to stay praying all night, I'm not going back. I need you to take away any desire of doing drugs!" I was in tears. I was desperate. I couldn't fight this on my own, not this time. That night I refused to accept anything else but God delivering me out of that situation and from that stronghold. I had no other choice but to have God deliver me. I stayed on my knees crying and praying to my pappa God.
What felt like eternity turned into a moment. There was a knock on my door. My uncle was telling me everyone was leaving. I jumped for joy thanking God. Victory was won! It wasn't until later, when that familiar spirit came across me that I realized God had delivered me completely from drugs. That desire was no longer there. I was no longer a slave to that drug. God broke that yoke off my neck!
What I learned that night was amazing. When we are battling something in the flesh, we need to realize that there is a spiritual war going on also. We need to stand on God's word, fight using The Word of God and let him deliver us. We have to deny the flesh and totally surrender it to God, believing that we have already won the battle. I sought God and he delivered me out of the situation.
Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.