How large are your windows?

Our son Isaiah spent a month in theYouthInterventionCenter (a nice name for juvenile jail) last summer.  As we approached the center to visit we couldn’t help noticing the attractive exterior – large windows, brick, metal roof and very tidy landscaping.  I wondered if this side of the building housed offices – it is odd to have large windows without bars on a jail.  During our visit we asked Isaiah what his cell was like.  He explained that he had a very narrow window that was only about 2 inches wide and it didn’t open.  I thought his cell must be on the other side of the building and I drove around the back to see if I could see these small windows.  The entire exterior had large unprotected windows.

At the next visit I asked him again about his windows.  He said that he was looking out the front of the building where the parking lot was.  I couldn’t figure out how this could be.  He finally explained that those large windows on the outside are fake.  They are just there to make the building look nice on the outside. Inside the exterior wall is another wall where the “true” windows were.  They are actually very narrow windows that the prisoners could see through but not escape out of.  They couldn’t be opened and he really couldn’t get a feel for the weather outside.

What does this have to do with you and me?  I felt led to encourage you to throw open your windows as wide as they will go and let God’s rays shine in on you.  I also sensed that it is a time to shout out.  To declare God’s Kingdom over the land.  It’s time to take back what has been stolen.  It is time to set the prisoners free so that they can also rejoice with their God and savior.  We are being imprisoned with every taunt of the enemy – it feels like our kingdom is getting smaller and that we are being jailed.  The opposite is true.  Even though the oppressor is trying to stop us, our God wants our windows open and the praises to flow!

Give thanks, praise God, and declare His Kingdom.  Time is short.

Daniel 6:9-11  Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

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