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Giving It Up

Café Menu for Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Today’s Special is: Who the Son Sets FREE is FREE Indeed
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Royale Rose
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In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free.

Psalm 118:5 NLT

Entrée:

I have over the years freed my soul from many strongholds Satan has tried to tie me down with. Through prayer I have been set free from… fear, gossip, vanity, depression, and addiction just to name a few. Through God’s sweet grace and constant prayer with Him I was at a point in time set free, the chains were broken from the imprisonment of these strongholds.

Still yet there was one that controls my ways, it held me in bondage. Daily I felt like I walked in shackles and chains to acceptance. I crave the acceptance of those around me. It dawned on me that I wake up and my first phone call is always to my Mom and I hold the hopes of praise from her. Next I go to work and to most of my co-worker I am called the “brown-noser”, I do all I can to gain the acceptance and praise from my boss. I come home to cook and clean while all along looking for the praise to pass my husband’s lips. Most of days I go to bed just simply exhausted and some days disappointed at the lack of praise and acceptance I have received. Could I have done just a bit more to get that extra “pat on the back”, ”job well done”, or just one more “I love you”. Would it make a difference in the incompetence I feel?

While preparing for my son’s 2 year old birthday party God spoke to me about this stronghold. On day 2 of the massive headache I always get while preparing for a big event, I thought of all the things that must get done. Every detail must be perfect and nobody can see a fault. I strive to see nothing but smiles and hear multitudes of “job well done”. All for what? My Noah is going to love whatever I plan involving a balloon and cake.

As I drove to the Dollar Tree to purchase goody bags (what would people think if I don’t provide goody bags?), God’s presence entered mine. I looked to heaven and smiled as He said to me,

Child, you are Mine. I love you just the way you are. No earthy human will ever know your heart the way I do. Not all the money in the world, not all the good works, not even the best birthday party ever will make them see the heart that I see. Your praise and acceptance is not to be found in humans, I hold the key to your home. You are made complete in Me. I accept your faults and that My child is all you need!

I never realized until that day how much of a stronghold this was to me. I said WAS! I have laid this down at the foot of the cross, the chains are broken, and I have been set free.

Take Out:

It is our human nature to crave the praise and acceptance of others but really God is all we need. He loves us and accepts us, faults and all. We are all perfect and beautiful in His sight. I hold tight to the promise of the home He has prepared for me, where all is perfect!

Dessert:

Dear Father, I thank You for breaking me free today! Forgive me for craving the praise and acceptance of others when all I need to crave is more of You. I pray for my fellow readers who are being held in bondage by a stronghold. May the chains be broken and their hearts be set free as mine was today. I claim Satan’s hold to be released in the presence of Your Holy Name Jesus, Amen.

© 2013 by Royale Rose. All rights reserved.

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