“It was a woman who first recognized Yeshua coming out of the tomb – Mary Magdalene. But, she had been delivered. She ran back to where all the disciples were up in the upper room. They were locked up in fear. That’s what the Bible says. See, one season of trauma can try to get you to lock away your future. You don’t want to do that! The disciples were locked up. They didn’t know how to go forward, and they knew what they’d seen. Mary comes in and says, ‘But, He’s alive. Remember what He prophesied.’ They didn’t believe her. Then, He comes through the door.” (Chuck Pierce)1
“When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.” (Mark 16: 9-11; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
In this year of the door, of the gate, He has ways to come in. Stop trying to figure things out on your own and fix your eyes on Christ!
Ask Him to deliver you of the fear of your past. It won’t stop Him, but it will stop you. Get unlocked.
Ask Him to heal the effects of persecution and rejection you suffered in the last season.
Realize, as you are healed, that He is moving you from being one who comes to be taught to one who is sent.
Go prayer-walk or prayer-drive for your city’s freedom today. Declare that people in your community are going to get unlocked from fear and rejection, persecution and addiction.
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, forgive me for continuing to try to figure out how you are going to straighten out my emotions and my life. Deliver me from fear! Fear keeps me from moving forward! Heal my heart. I don’t want the effects of rejection and persecution from the last season to keep me from being who You created me to be. I always want to have a teachable spirit, but I want to move beyond getting fed and start to minister effectively to those around me. Show me the needs and opportunities, as I walk and drive around my city today. Use the unlocked me to set my city’s captives free, Jesus! Amen.
I decree that the Church will be delivered and healed by Jesus, so we can be deliverers and healers to others in our nation.
1 You can learn more about Chuck Pierce here.