Inspirational, Obedience, Praise/Worship

Loosed to Worship

“And Jesus, seeing her, called to her, and said to her, Woman thou art loosed from thine infirmity.  And he laid his hands upon her; and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.” (Luke 13:12 KJV)

Over a decade ago, Pastor T.D. Jakes was praised for his book (and eventually the movie) Woman Thou Art Loosed.  From his work, many have taken the obvious point that God has loosed us from the bondage that has prevented us from believing in and pursuing our destinies through Christ.  This is true.  God has indeed freed us!  The focus of this EmpowerMoment, however, is not upon the fact that we have been made free, but upon the question “Why?”

Why has God freed us?  Why did He bring you through that relationship?  Why did He allow you to survive that incident?  Why did He provide your healing? Why did He bless your career and/or finances?—GOD HAS LOOSED YOU TO WORSHIP!

Throughout the bible, we discover that God’s deliverance of His people is connected to worship.  In Exodus, after hundreds of years of suffering, God frees Israelfrom slavery.  In doing so, He repeatedly emphasizes the fact that Israelis to be free to worship Him.  “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so they may worship me.” (Exodus 8:1 NIV)

Unlike Israel, most of us have not endured physical captivity by man.  Instead, many of us are like the woman in Luke—bound by our circumstances.  Nevertheless, whether holistically or in part, God has provided deliverance in many areas of our lives.  He now seeks a worshipful response. 

When the woman in Luke was loosed from her infirmity, she immediately began to praise God.  Similarly, when we reflect on how God has freed us from our various issues, let us also remember to respond in worship.  If God has brought you through any struggle or burden in life, don’t be ashamed to give Him the praise and worship that is due.  Don’t be afraid to share the greatness of God, to lift your hands in worship, or to open your mouth in praise.  God has loosed you to worship!  Therefore, “Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord.” (Psalm 150:6 NIV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for the deliverance that You have brought to my life.  When I am careless or reluctant, help me to remember that I have been loosed to worship.  Help me not to worship only when life seems problem free.  However, let me remember that Your deliverance is always cause for a worshipful response. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to recognize that God has loosed you to worship.  I EMPOWER you to open your mouths, lift your hands, and respond to a great God with great praise!

Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)

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7 thoughts on “Loosed to Worship”

  1. GIRL!!! I am so going through it. I actually just dropped my car off at the shop because it won’t STOP running even without the key. The repairman said he has NEVER seen this. LOL and I honestly don’t have money for costly repairs..BUT I will praise GOD right now..right where I am at work. I am will praise Him regardless of what the circumstances look like, because God is above them all 🙂 thanks for sharing.

  2. Praise God Renee! I have been reading two books: “Exploring Worship” and “Battlefield of the Mind.” It’s amazing because in the last 8 hours I have read the same point in both books. The point was that praise is one of the greatest weapons that we can use against the enemy. Often we are so annoyed or devastated by our problem that we forget to praise God for all that is well. Also, we can get so busy telling God how to fix the problem that we forget that if we adore Him with praise, He will manage our problems according to His divine wisdom. God delights in caring for His children, especially when we do our part.

    “Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not…If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and tomorrow is cast in the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather, SEEK YE THE KINGDOM OF GOD; AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU. Fear not, little flock; for IT IS YOUR FATHER’S GOOD PLEASURE TO GIVE YOU THE KINGDOM.” (Luke 12:27-32 KJV).

    Renee, I am encouraged to know that you are praising inspite of. Remember that God works all things together for our good. Be encouraged!

  3. Latasha this is a blessed word; yet we forget that God wants the glory ALL of the time. We were made to worship him…in good and bad times. I am reminded of Khalilah’s Empowermoment a few weeks ago…Praise Him Anywho. I thank you for this word and reminding me that at all times he has delivered me so that I can worship him. Hallelujah!

  4. Tasha, tihs is awesome! I have learned that so much deliverance is tied up in our worship. Many times He just wants to see how we are going to respond we we are going through. And as soon as we open our mouths or bow our heads or lift our hands in adoration, He sends a PEACE. Awesome, awesome post and a GREAT follow up to Throw Me In….I see another divinely inspired week taking shape.

    1. Very true statements!…I can see the connection to Throw Me In as well. The story of the Hebrew boys and Daniel are great examples of how our worship is challenged by trials. These young men choose to worship God in the midst of their trials. They serve as great examples of faith and commitment to God.

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