“You blind Pharisees! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.” (It doesn’t work the other way around.)
You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. I am trusting The Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you.
God says, “REBUILD THE ROAD! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity!”
The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I RESTORE THE THE CRUSHED SPIRIT OF THE HUMBLE AND REVIVE THE COURAGE OF THOSE WITH REPENTANT HEARTS.”
I hope you get out of this what I got. It says, “Clear away the rocks and stones”… To me that says help get rid of barriers that prevent someone from being free from their bondage/addiction. Did you get that?
Also, do you get that Jesus dwells in the presence of those who’s spirits are crushed and humbled? And that it is a high and holy place! Who ever thought that being with the broken, homeless, addicted, and humbled person could bring the presence of God? Do they have a lot of work ahead of them? Yes! Of course they do. They also have MANY barriers to overcome and it’s up to us stronger, more grounded Christ followers to help remove them.
“From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.”