You Have Been Delivered!
God delivers his people from the snare of the fowler in two senses. From, and out of. First, he delivers them from the snare—does not let them enter it; and secondly, if they should be caught therein, he delivers them out of it. The first promise is the most precious to some; the second is the best to others. “He shall deliver thee from the snare.” How? Trouble is often the means whereby God delivers us. … At other times, God keeps his people from the snare of the fowler by giving them great spiritual strength, so that when they are tempted to do evil they say, “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” … Thou shalt yet be brought out of all evil into which thou hast fallen, and though thou shalt never cease to repent of thy ways, yet he that hath loved thee will not cast thee away; he will receive thee, and give thee joy and gladness, that the bones which he has broken may rejoice. No bird of paradise shall die in the fowler’s net.
We are all birds of paradise, meant to soar. We are meant to be free. To live so fully engaged and joyful in the present that most folks wouldn’t be able to tell that we’ve had difficult pasts. That’s how big our God is compared to our trials. “For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron. … He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart” (Psalm 107:6, 14).
My heart for you who are reading this post is that you’ll experience uncaged, joyful freedom as I have. I’m still in process. I still deal in the doldrums, but I’m seeing more light lately. And that is why I write. I can’t help but tell you the beautiful things God is doing in my life. God gave me a voice. “If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would’ve lived in the land of silence” (Psalm 49:17).
–Charles Spurgeon (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/spurgeon/morneve.d0124am.html)
Thank you, Mary DeMuth (http://www.marydemuth.com/2012/01/why-live-uncaged/)
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