Our children are not our children but have been

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Our children are not “our” children, but have been entrusted to us. The Lord wants them overseen with the devotion of a governor or governess who is entrusted with the child of a king, an heir to the throne. To voluntarily become a slave is the ultimate commitment that can be made in this world. That is what it really means to embrace the cross. Those who are truly bond servants do not live for themselves, but for their Master. These are the ones who receive the Lord’s mark. We are free to go on living for ourselves and receive many blessings from the Lord, but it is the ultimate folly. Those who BREAK IN G TH E POWER OF EV I L 78
are truly wise and mature in the ways of the Kingdom do not just seek blessings—they seek to be the habitation of the mani- fest presence of the Lord. The Lord blesses many things that He will not inhabit. T H E B E N E F I T S O F B O N D S E R V I C E The Lord is the best Master that one could ever have; He is better even than we are as masters of our life. The life of a bond servant is the most fulfilling, the most interesting, and the easiest life that we could ever live on the earth. The fact that it is the “easiest” does not necessarily mean that it will be easy, but it will certainly be much easier than if we try to run things ourselves. When we become a bond servant, we trade our meager bank accounts for His inexhaustible resources. This does not mean that we can go on a spending spree. Rather, when we have fully entered into the life of a bond servant, all of our fi- nancial worries will be forever over—unless we drift from this commitment. As our Master, He will take care of us. He will lead us through times when we need to grow in faith, but as long as we know we are being led by Him, these trials truly are joy because we know that they are leading us to greater au- thority and responsibility in His Kingdom. Only as His bond servants can we truly come to know the Lord as our Source. The key to our survival in this time is being a bond servant to the Lord. Every master is obligated to provide for his slaves, and we have the most dependable Master of all. He will take care of His own. Being a bond servant of the Lord is to become His slave, but it is also the greatest freedom we can ever know in this life. When we are united with Him, by taking His yoke, we die to this T H E U L T I M A T E I D O L A N D T H E U L T I M A T E F REEDO M 79
world just as He did. When we are truly dead to the world, there is nothing the world can do to us. It is impossible for a dead man to fear, to be offended, or to feel remorse because he loses some of his possessions. To the degree that we fear the loss of our possessions or positions is the degree to which we are still not dead to these things. Again, the enemy uses fear to bind us just as the Lord uses faith to set us free.

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