Day 13

Day Thirteen:  Freeing Others

“Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?”   Isaiah 58:6

God gets very specific in the verses above to show us elements of a fast He prefers.
Each one of these actions God wants us to perform involves how we treat others.

Loosening the bonds of wickedness deals with the bondage we place upon people that, perhaps, were once bonds of justice for a crime they committed against us.
The problem is once that justice has been paid, continuing to “tie” them to their past of what they have done and keeping them in these bonds in our heart.

Undoing the heavy burdens, letting the oppressed go free and breaking every yoke deals also with the state of our hearts.
God prefers that we do right by those with whom we have dealt harshly.

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you anyone whom you continue to make “pay” for things they’ve done to you.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you anyone with whom you’ve dealt harshly.

During this fast, ask God as David did, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

As you chose to delight in God by obeying His Word, you will find your feelings toward others will begin to right themselves.  
You will discover you are no longer holding grudges.
You will discover that not only have you freed someone else, but that you are also free.

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