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24/08/2022 03:00 - 25/08/2022 02:00

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” - John 8:36 (NIV). 

Once two little children were out at play and found the rope they needed for a tug game had a knot. Much as they tried they just couldn’t figure out how to unloosen this knot. It was one huge puzzle that had them desperately sweating.

Eventually one decided to drop the rope with its knot and look for another game. But just then an idea brightened up with another. He picked up the rope with its knot, and looked for grandpa. See, it did not take seconds for grandpa to unloosen the knot once it was placed in his hands! The children, quite amazed; happily rushed back to play. Grandpa had all along been watching, standing in the shadow, and eager to help out.

Now, it is common to find knots in life. There can be knots found in one’s work or business, hindering any movement ahead. Much as one can try on one own the knot remains firm in place.

Knots can also bind life. Certain people have their lives tied up with knots that hinder them make progress. These could be knots of anger which has locked one down into a fuselage, quick to blow up at the slightest provocation. There can be knots of addiction that have made one’s life hopelessly enslaved. Some people are tied down with knots of jealousy which has blinded them to fail appreciate all the blessings in their lives.

Jesus often came across people whose life had been shriveled by knots. Once, while going about his work, there came a woman who “had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped” (Luke 8: 43-44). This woman pushed herself against a crowd and touched the cloak of Jesus. He stopped and turned to the woman who came down at his feet, “Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace” (vv 48).

Should you have noticed that you are dealing with a knot that seems against all effort not to go away, before you drop the rope, why not take it to Jesus. It can be amazing what seems impossible and has taken years troubling you, how the Lord can unlock it in a moment. All you need like the bleeding woman is have faith.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I bring to you the knots in my life, that you unloosen and free me, to walk in your full blessings, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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