I came across this video today. I loved it so much I wanted to transcribe it that I might send it to Lindon. He is not allowed access to computers, or the Internet. I felt that I should share it with you on PrisonTemple, because if ever there was a better explanation of exactly what PrisonTemple is all about, this is it.
You are a rebel, whether you want to acknowledge it or not, I’ll tell you straight up.
You are rebel against the living God. This is your natural disposition. Why? Because you were born in sin,
We are in a prison cell, and it takes the awakening and the grace of God, it’s called the Prevenient Grace of God, to awaken us to the fact that we are lost, and we can’t get out.
We’re headed towards destruction – fast!
The enemy, because of our rebellion against God, has the legal right to harm and harass our life.
There you are behind the prison cells yelling, “Help I need I need out!”
You can’t get out!
Those prison bars are stronger than any adamant. There is no way that you can cut them, because they are stronger than diamond, it is impenetrable!
You cannot escape! You’re doomed!
Because when the enemy comes, in the very end, he’s going to finish you off. Because he has legal right to do it. He’s going to relish every minute of it!!
In strolls your intercessor. Your mighty man, and He stands between you and that accuser and He takes the hits that were rightfully yours. And he takes the full blow that was intended for you.
That is an extraordinary reality that He was turned to a pulp and He actually died. God died…for you!
Over your prison cell it is always said, “Condemned, Separated Eternally from God, Guilty!”
And then suddenly it switches.
When you realize what Jesus Christ has done for you, it says, “Justified,” it says, “Forgiven,” “Redeemed!”
Here’s the problem: most of us have stopped with the good news, right there. The blood of Jesus Christ has been shed, and he was killed, and I want you to know that is unbelievable news, but we’re still in a prison cell.
So were praising God from within a prison cell saying, “Thank you, God, for forgiving me. Thank you for changing the sign on the outside of the prison cell.”
And God’s word says, “Could you check the door to the prison cell? Because My blood was shed for more than just forgiveness.”
Forgiveness was the avenue through which he could make the escape for us. He isn’t interested in just dealing with the consequences and the penalties of sin. He’s also dealt with the problem of sin.
Test the door! It’s unlocked! The door to the prison cell is unlocked!
Walk out! Smell the open air of freedom and liberty in the life of Jesus Christ.
When you get outside the prison cell there’s like this chariot that is waiting, emissaries from the kingdom are there waiting, they say, “The King beckons you into His presence.”
You know how bizarre this is when you realize that you were a rebel, that you were undeserving completely, that the living God has given up His life for you, and now He has set you free.
And now the very King is beckoning you into His presence. It’s like, “Are you sure you have the right guy here? I’m a rebel. I stood against my God, I spat in His face. How could He want me?”
He beckons you.
You get in the chariot and as you are pulling into the kingdom, you’re looking for where they might drop you off. You’re looking for the poor district. You say, “Where you taking me?”
“Well, into the very near presence of the King. He wants you to live right where He lives.”
Not just the penalty.
Not just the problem.
But an invitation into His very near presence!
But as you are coming in the emissaries say, “He wants to adopt you as His child.
“Me? As his child?”
We are brought in and invited to be very near, to share His heart.
You come into His presence totally broken, before the reality of what He has done for you, “I don’t deserve this. Why have you done this for me?”
“I love you…
I have a commission for you.”
“Me, you want to have me work for you?”
“I want you to work for me. I want you to represent me.”
“Absolutely. Anything I can do for you! Tell me.”
“I need you to go back to that prison cell that I took you out of. Because there’s a whole bunch more that need to know about me and my love, and my truth. Will you go for me?”
“In a heartbeat. I would gladly serve you. Any way you want! Any way you ask.”
“I need to forewarn you. I’m going to send you out. And you’ll be as a sheep among wolves. They’ll will kill you. They’ll destroy you. They’ll will hate you. They’ll persecute you. They will do whatever they can to harm you.”
“I’m in. I’ll do it God. I don’t care. You should your blood for me. I would gladly shed my blood for you. Take me. Take my blood. Take my body. Spend it anyway you want. I belong to you in covenant. Take me Lord Jesus, Send me.
Not just the penalty.
Not just the problem.
Not just the invitation into His very near presence.
Not just the adoption as a son or a daughter of the King of Kings.
But we are commissioned to represent Him.
I want you to realize that is a privilege beyond all other privileges – to bear the very name, the very image, the very reputation of God Almighty! And He says I asked you to go. Go and make disciples of all men. Go and be unashamed of my gospel, and preach it. Go rescue the lost in the power of my name, because I’m the Lamb that was slain, worthy to receive the reward of His suffering.”
And as you’re beginning to head out with His blessing, He says, “Hold on, wait, there’s one more thing.”
Not just the penalty.
Not just the problem.
Not just the invitation into his very near presence.
Not just the adoption as a son or daughter of the King of Kings.
And not just the commission.
This is the capstone.
If you think that this is all good, you can wrap that all into one ball and it still falls short of the final one. Because this final one is so condescending on the part of our King. It is so bewildering! It is so extraordinary! It is so amazing!
This is the truth that turns the world upside down:
“Before you go, what I’m sending you out to do is impossible.”
“And if you do it in your own strength, you’ll fail.”
“I don’t care. I’m willing to do whatever you ask of me, and if you want me to go in there and just die. I’m willing.”
“I’m sending you out to be a victor. My children will not lose. Would you give me your body, and I will come in and make it my home. And I will take those hands of yours and make them my hands. I will take those feet of yours and make them my feet. I will take that mouth of yours and I will speak my words. And I will take those eyes of yours and they can now see what I need you to see in this world. And I will take your heart of stone and make it a heart of flesh so that it will beat with my burdens, so you will care for the very things that I care about. And your prayers will become my prayers and your life and your attitude in your behaviors, and every minute of every day will be the very behavior of God!
Will you allow me to overtake your life?
Because then we go into this world as little lambs with the faces of lions.”
Because the living God Almighty, the Consuming Almighty Sovereign God dwells within His children!
We stand and the wolf pack surrounds us. We stand in the authority, and in the name of Jesus. We will not back down!
Because we do not head off to war to lose. We head off to war to win!
Our God mocks all the powers of earth and hell…through frothy little lambs, because His lambs beat the wolfpack.
That’s the gospel!
The gospel trounces upon all the powers of earth and hell, and demonstrates to all the universe the manifold wisdom of God! That He is in control!
And even though we look weak, and even though physically and naturally we are weak, spiritually greater is He that is in us then he that is in this world.
That is good news!
And it is a lot better than we delve out today in the church. We need to rise up! Proclaim the gospel.
Saying, “I’m not ashamed of it. Dear Lord Jesus, take what is rightfully yours. Don’t just send us, send us with yourself firmly planted within our souls.
We cannot do your work. We cannot bring you glory, even though we are willing to do it without you. We can’t do it without you. Please we want you to come with us, why would we ever try on our own?”
You don’t have to go on your own. You don’t have to pull off the impossible on your own. You don’t have to fail any longer.
Your God is ready to do it in and through you. You can’t do it. You can’t muster up the discipline. You can’t muster up the intellect. You can’t muster up the strength. You can’t muster up the perseverance, and the fortitude.
You can’t love the lost. You can’t love those that spit upon your face.
Don’t pray that God would teach you how to love like He loves, pray that He would fill you with Himself that He would love through you.
Don’t pray that He would teach you to have joy, pray that the Living God full of joy would enter into you.
Don’t pray that He would teach you how to be peaceful, ask for the God of Peace, the Prince of Peace to fill you.
Because if you try to imitate Him in your own strength, you will be a miserable replica.
But if you allow the impartation of Jesus Christ to overtake you.
Suddenly it all works.
Because it’s Him imitating Himself.
And He is very good at being
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