What Are We missing?

20150414_141137If you notice in the picture something is not quite right.  This big black box is an empty shell of what it once was.  Now as it sits in the alley this former big screen t.v. has been gutted.  Anything that was of value on the inside has been removed.  There is nothing left of any use.  And satan wants to leave every Christian that way, with all the valuable stuff missing from our lives. This week my home church is having our annual Jubilee. The Jubilee as spelled out in the Bible was a time of getting back what had been sold away. Whether it be property or a person selling themselves into servitude made no difference freedom would one day come. That freedom also came with a set date in mind. It wasn’t a matter of someday, perhaps. No, for the Israelites that day came every 50 years. As I said our church has a week long Jubilee every year. It is the first of three revivals each year for us. And we are looking to get some things back. Not as a matter of that we have sold ourselves as literal servants or sold our land to pay the bills in the sense that the Israelites had done it. For us we are looking to get back things that the enemy has taken away, things that we have allowed him to take away from us. So in a sense we have sold ourselves into bondage, bondage to sin. The property we have mortgaged is our joy, peace, and fellowship. This time of renewal is symbolic of what we can and should do at any other time of the year. Because repentance should be done right away and praise should always be given to God for what He has done for us. We set aside this week for that symbolism sake. To have the opportunity to have fellowship with one another. It is a chance to come together as brothers and sisters in Christ and worship Him. In Leviticus 25:10 we read “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.” The jubilee is mentioned specifically in two chapters of Leviticus, this chapter and chapter 27. This first chapter deals with those who have made themselves bond slaves or sold themselves as slaves. These had no money and had to make a deal generally in order to survive. It cost them their freedom. If they got to where they could purchase their freedom back financially great, that amount would be based on the number of years left to the Jubilee. But for the vast majority they wouldn’t be able to purchase their freedom so they would be left to count down the number of days until the Jubilee year. In that year God declared the debts paid in full and the people were set free. Now we don’t celebrate Jubilee like that. Though it would be great if we could get rid of our bills that way! We do however have a little problem with our freedom. If you have been saved by Jesus Christ then you have been made free from the penalty of sin (our first day of Jubilee this year saw 2 people saved, set free from the bondage of sin!). No longer are you a slave to satan. But you can still sell your freedom and make yourself a slave to sin. The more we engage in sinful acts and desires the more we become it’s slave. Romans 6:12 says “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” The word “reign” means to rule or be king. And if it is king then you are it’s subject or slave. Yes we are all still in our human bodies, so even though we have been saved we still sin from time to time. God wants us to get those sins confessed. But what so many are missing is that He doesn’t want us to practice our sin. When you are practicing something you are looking to get better at it. You are spending a great deal of time with it. The thought are being consumed with it. And when that is the case we are being ruled by it, slaves to it. So the Jubilee is first brought up in scripture to show that we ourselves must first be set free. As Paul asked in the beginning of Romans 6 “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid” in other words don’t be a slave get it confessed and move away from it. The idea of the Jubilee wasn’t to get out so you could go right back. But it does remind us of where we came from and why we don’t want to go back. Then in Leviticus 27:24 “In the year of the jubile the field shall return unto him of whom it was bought, even to him to whom the possession of the land did belong.” we see here the property being returned. For us again we are not looking at this in so much of a physical sense but rather a spiritual line. Earthly possessions will come and go but what matters is what we have spiritually. Those spiritual items are the ones God means for us to have, that will help, and yet we tend to misplace them. Basically we can get caught up in sin without even realizing it and next thing we know we can’t remember the last time we had true joy. We look around and just can’t quite find the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23) that should be there in our lives. Instead we find an overabundance of the trash, the wreckage that sin leaves in their place. Satan has managed to steal from us because we gave him such a great bargain. We took the pleasure in sin that is there for a season and gave him in exchange what God has granted us. Each time we try to redeem it on our own we find the we come up short. Maybe he made a limited time offer and we jumped at it without thinking about God. All it really does is get us deeper into debt. Our compromises with this world lead us into spiritual bankruptcy and slavery to sin. But that is why God gave the Jubilee, to get back what rightfully belongs to us. Confession isn’t just good for the soul, it is vital our freedom depends on it. Now let me explain real quick here, once saved always saved end of story. If I can paint the picture like this though: we take those same chains that Jesus freed us from and wrapped them around ourselves and accept what we see as the new fact. It’s not the real fact for a child of God. What satan has done to bind up is only an illusion. We can get our joy, peace, fellowship, etc. back if we will come to God. No longer is the Jubilee every 50 years. It is every time we come and confess to Him our sins and truly seek to have Him restore us! This week we are looking for what is missing, because we want it back and then some! Is there something missing in your life? Have you come to Jesus to seek it out? Freedom from all things lies with Jesus Christ, He won’t push it on you but He has what you need if you will let Him.


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