I AM FREE! I just love the way those 3 words flow from my mouth. They sound like chains breaking in my ears… even better than hearing the 3 words “I love you” from the people that you love most. Yes, I’m free in deed, or at least that’s what the Word––the Bible tells me. Although I believe it and know this to be true, somewhere in the transition between my God-given liberty and me actually walking in that freedom, there’s a disconnect between what I know and what I understand¬––a mere lack of true revelation. I know in my mind and in my heart that I’ve been freed at the cross, but there are discrete areas in my life that I still allow to keep me oppressed at times.
I’m never “permanently” enslaved, but my mind visits that place from time to time, just as the Israelite’s did after they were physically set free from Egypt. Although they were given everything that they needed to walk into their promised land: God provision, food, shelter, protection, leadership, miracles, calculated instructions, etc., their minds always reverted back to an enslaved and faithless mindset based on their natural eyes and weary minds. Do I represent the Israelite’s? … a question that always infiltrates my mind. Every part of me knows that I do, but waiting 40 delayed years to obtain what God has for me is not an option, unless God says so of course. “I want to be set FREE” was recently my daily prayer…but wait, “why do I continue to pray for something that has already been given to me?” is a question that began to surface…and resurface.
My desire to discover true freedom stems from this unwelcome feeling of captivity that tends to seep in, conflicting with every word that God says to me about my rights and authority as a daughter of the King. The inconsistencies of randomly feeling controlled by old burdens–fear, anxiety, doubt, resentment, toxic thinking, and even an unpleasant countenance… are all deadly emotions that existed before I said “yes” for real and completely to Christ. But how can I be experiencing some of the same emotions that lived inside of me before I became converted and transformed? Experiencing any of these emotions, even occasionally, are supposed to dissolve once I am an active participant in my relationship with Christ, right? If this true, then what’s wrong with my walk? Am I truly pouring His word inside of me and applying it to my life the way I believe that I am? Is His spirit not quickening me? Am I not fully converted? There goes that doubt again! The real question is, am I allowing God to stir up and activate the ingredients that are already inside of me? Am I truly working the Word? Today, my answer is a confident “yes,” and by diligently practicing what has been revealed to me, I refuse to go back into handcuffs.
Think about when you rush to make a cup of coffee, or tea if you’re like me. After you’ve poured your cream and/or sugar and you go about your business forgetting to stir up the ingredients, when you finally take a sip it’s the worse taste ever! But what happens when you stir up what has been poured in? All ingredients become active and are able to serve its purpose. The same goes for us as God’s children. He’s already given us everything we need to overcome and defeat every burden, but we have to allow what’s been poured inside of us to be activated. The finished work is already in us… we must work the Word.
So what triggered a shift in my decision to walk in the light of freedom? Last month, for 28 days I was completely committed to discovering what true freedom in Christ really was, and even more so, I wanted to know what it truly felt like. I dedicated myself, indulging in the Word and petitioning God to show me how to break free from anyone and everything that was blocking me from experiencing my God-given freedom, and ultimately derailing me from my journey into my…His…divine purpose. In the midst of this journey, God brought me to several chapters and versus in His word that transparently told me exactly how He felt about my…our… freedom. So if you’re on the path, as I am, faithfully choosing freedom daily, especially when our flesh tells us something different, here are 6 versus that will always confirm your freedom.
1. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).
2. “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).
3. “I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright” (Leviticus 26:13).
4. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3).
5. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
6. “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Let’s allow our faith in the Word to keep us FREE! Our trust should be in God’s track record and from what I know to be true, Jesus never fails and is forever faithful to His promises.
Written in LOVE,