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A Bond-slave Of Jesus: Choosing Faith Over Fear

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“Behold, the bond-slave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 (NASB)

The above words were spoken by: Mary, the mother of Jesus, after the angel of the Lord appeared to her. He proclaimed that by the power of the Holy Spirit, she would conceive the Son of God. 

Yet her initial response to the angelic being was one of fear.  Luke says she was “greatly troubled.”  However, Mary chose faith over fear and declared herself a “bond-slave of the Lord,” and submitted to God’s will over her own.  The definition of a bond-slave is:

 One who gives himself up to another’s will; those whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing his cause among men; devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests   (Biblestudytools.com)

 Mary gave herself up to her Lord’s will. She disregarded her own interests for His.

Are we willing to do the same?

 Will we choose faith over fear?

 May we proclaim like Mary, “Be it done to me according to your word.”

 What are your fears?

 (Remember the words of Holly Gerth: (Best-selling author of You’re Already Amazing as well as several other books with Revell.)

 “You’re more courageous than you know!” 

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Childhood sexual abuse, teenage substance abuse, and a tumoltuous dating relationship filled with physical and verbal abuse had left me silent.  Held captive by the lies of the evil one.  Yet I thought returning to Christ and marrying a godly man and becoming a purposeful pastor’s wife would wash it all away.  For years never realizing that I was still wearing a mask, believing the lie of Satan that no one would accept the real me.  Yet by God’s healing grace I have now been set free!

What a privilege it has been to be on the book launch team for Jo Ann Fore, When A Woman Finds Her Voice. Those of us on this journey together have cried, laughed, held each other up in prayer, and have picked  each other up when we have fallen.  All through on-line relationships!  WOW, isn’t that just like God?

I have taken the pledge Jo Ann has challenged us to take.  “I will become a silence breaker, courageously speaking what God presses me to share.”  My name is Cheryl Lutz, and I will use my voice!

How about you? Order your copy of Jo Ann Fore’s book, When a Woman Finds Her Voice.  You will be blessed!

My chains are gone I’ve been set free My God, my Savior has ransomed me And like a flood His mercy reigns Unending love, amazing grace.”

Chris Tomlin, “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”