Year of Jubilee

2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

January 22, 1973, Roe v Wade was issued. For 49 long years, our nation killed the unborn. The Creator of Life grieved at us. In 49 years, the recorded number of children killed is over 63 million. There were many more never recorded.

But now, we are free! This thing has been reversed. God has heard our prayer.

Leviticus 25:1-22.  Leviticus 23:27. Biblically, at the end of 49 years, there was to be a jubilee. I believe that God is wanting to give us a jubilee, right now. And not just right now, but for the rest of our lives.

Jesus is our jubilee.

In the Bible times, when the years of jubilee came, people were set free. Every prisoner, servant, and slave. When you get saved, Jesus is your jubilee. You are no longer a slave to sin under the bondage to all the powers of Hell. Jesus breaks every chain off you and restores you. All things become new.

In the year of Jubilee, debts were forgiven. All properties returned to their original owners. All labor was to cease. This was all so people could be on level ground. The poor couldn’t get so poor that they had nothing, and the rich couldn’t get so rich that they had everything. It doesn’t matter if you are on welfare or if you are a billionaire, the ground is level at Calvary.

The year of jubilee foreshadowed the finished work of the Lord Jesus, through the death and resurrection of Jesus. He relieves sinners from their spiritual death and slavery to sin. Through His death and resurrection, He relieves us of all things that the enemy has over us.

One of the benefits of the year of jubilee was that both the land and the people were able to rest.

Jesus is our jubilee, which means we can rest in the Lord. The devil is a liar. Don’t let fear try to control you. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. You are not a prisoner of your mistakes or who you used to be. Old things have passed away. Jesus wiped the slate clean and it’s just as if it never happened. This jubilee is your fresh start!

Jesus has a new name for you. You are a child of God. You are blood bought. You are chosen by God. You are not a failure. You are ordained by God. No weapon formed against you will prosper. You are blessed! The Lord will raise up a standard for you when the enemy comes in like a flood. God will make a way for you. You don’t live under a chain of your past. The debt of sin we owed was paid in full at the cross. We are forgiven our debt forever. We are free by the precious blood of Jesus!

It’s not just for the Jews.

Genesis 22:17. God told Abraham that he would have two seeds: seed as the stars of heaven and seed as the sand on the seashore. That seed touching the earth (the sand on the seashore) was the Jewish seed. But there would be those that wouldn’t be born of the flesh seed but would be born of the Spirit that comes from Heaven.

Abraham’s seed would be innumerable. The devil can’t stamp Christianity out. He can’t stop the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. He can’t stop us from preaching Jesus.

Galatians 3:16. The devil may try to tell you that since you are not a Jew then only half the Bible is for you. But we are all of one seed. Every promise in the Bible is for you. Genesis 26:3.

The devil can’t stop us. There is something inside of us that can’t quit. There’s something inside of you that bigger than you. It’s Jesus fighting your battle and Hell can’t stop him. You can walk through a lion’s den and praise God in a fiery furnace. There’s a seed inside of you that Pharaoh can’t drown. It’s not you. It’s that seed of righteousness, that Lamb of God, inside of you. Galatians 3:29.

Romans 11:17. Up until the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, there was a difference between Jews and Gentiles. Hebrews 13:12. If Jesus would have died inside the city at the temple, it would still be a Jewish religion. John 1:11-12. They took Jesus outside of the city. Now, ‘whosoever will’ can come to the foot of the cross.

We are under a blessing, not under a curse. Whatever you’ve lost within these 49 years, I feel restoration. I feel like chains will break and things that have been bothering you will cease to torment you. Jesus wants to be your all in all. He wants you to find rest in Him.

As God releases you, you have to release others.

Leviticus 25:9. This is your year of release, your year of restoration. You have to release people from the hurt that they have caused you. How can you be released, if you won’t release someone else?

Release those that have done you wrong. If it works out, it’s the Lord’s, but if it doesn’t, they are not your god. You can’t backslide just because someone walks away from you. You can’t give up on God because someone decides that they don’t like you. No matter what anyone else does, you have to make up your mind to serve God. Jesus will either be first in your life, or nothing. He can’t fight for you until you let Him be God of all.

Throw away your contract. “God if you do this, then I’ll do this.” Tear that contract up. Instead say, “God, I’ll live for you even if I cry the rest of my life. I’ll live for you if nothing works out and everyone turns on me. God, I will live for you!”

Release those who haven’t paid you back for things. Release those who have lied on you. Don’t run around with them. Don’t let them take your joy and peace. Don’t be rude or unkind but release them. If you don’t release others, God can’t release what He has for you.

This is our year of release! This is our year of jubilee! Release those that have done you wrong and walk in your jubilee!

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

Allowing God to be Our Father

A lot of us are thankful for the father figures in our lives.

Some of us don’t have an earthly father, but we may have someone who is like a father to us. Even still, I don’t care how great your earthly father figure is, you need this Heavenly Father that I’m going to be talking about today. We can’t make it without Him.

1 John 3:1. The Bible has over 150 references to God being our Spiritual Father. Here we are going to talk about some ways we can allow God to be a father to us and enrich our lives and bring us to the fullness of his glory.

Stay in God’s presence.

I was with my 3-year-old daughter one day. We were in a wide, open field and she was running around playing. She got a little too far, but I didn’t get worried until a bunch of dogs came after her. She started running back to me and I was running to her and yelling because of the danger of the dogs. When I got to her I told her, “You are only in danger when you are out of my reach.”

Kara said, “If they come over here, you are going to fight those dogs like a rascal.”

I told her they would have to end me to get to her. It’s like that with God as our father. If some enemy has to end our God to get to us, it’s going to lose. But we have to accept and acknowledge that we have to stay in His presence and walk in His ways.

God’s Mercy. Luke 6:36.

I like to go back to the Prodigal Son. He came to his father and told him he wanted his inheritance as if his father was already dead. He wanted a life without his father. How much would that have crushed his father! The son gets his brief moment of pleasure in the world and squanders his money. Later he gets up, after living some time in a pig pen, he’s rehearsing what he’s going to say to his father when he returns home. “I’m not fit to be your son, just let me be a servant.”

His father was sitting there watching the road, and when the son came in sight, he ran to him. He didn’t send a servant to run after him, he ran himself. Luke 15:21-24. We are humans and we have messed up, and sometimes you think that because of that you have to live as a servant. But God is calling us to be His children. We don’t have to live a servant life. God has a purpose, a plan for our lives and we can step into that.

We can resort to God for wisdom in making decisions.

My dad and I talk a lot and I’ll ask him all sorts of questions. Sometimes I take for granted that God can literally give me wisdom. We are facing so many different things, things that can completely change our lives. Papaw and Dad have taught me to have a daily prayer asking God for wisdom because if I lean on my own understanding, it will fail. Proverbs 3:13.

If God is going to be our Father, we have to learn to submit to His will.

That sounds fun when we talk about the blessings, the benefits, and the protection He provides. But it’s not so fun when God’s will goes against our flesh. Submission is hard, but if we can learn to live in God’s perfect will then we will be safe, our lives will be loaded with blessings, and our lives will be in God’s perfect plan. Romans 8:7.

God corrects us.

One of the things I really don’t like is having to discipline my daughter. My wife, Jessie, once told me, “If you love her, you would correct her.”

The best mercy God can give us is correction. Again we are human and mess up. God loves us so much that He, in His mercy, chooses to correct us and develop us instead of throwing us away. He will prune the things out of our lives that hinder our fruitfulness for His kingdom. Hebrews 12:6.

God can provide for every one of my needs.

Philippians 4:19. Being 29, I don’t need the same help that I did when I was four, such as tying my shoes. So, as we develop spiritually, our needs change. God will give you the anointing to cast out depression and sickness coming against you. God will provide for you in any way you need Him to.

All the authority my Father has is also given to me.

John 1:12-13. If we can give enough of ourselves to God, if we can let go of some of these servanthood mindsets we have, we can have the ability to heal the sick. We can have the ability to cast out demons and destroy spiritual bondage in people’s lives. We could perform spiritual miracles just like our Father before us as He walked the streets of Jerusalem.

It’s all well and good to want to change the world. But there has to be a change in us first. First, we have to submit to God and give ourselves up. Lay down your past, lay down your pain.

Give yourself to God and tell Him, “God, I want to be your child. What can I give up today to accept you more as a father in my life?”

— Micah Wynn