Free at Last
Just as we finished the study on the book of Jonah at church and in my challenge group, I started Beth Moore’s Breaking Free. Quite honestly, I only picked it up at Lifeway because a friend had just finished it and I was looking for something to start. It is very interesting to me that it has, of course, applied to me more than I anticipated.
Even though I’ve only gotten through Week 1, I am recognizing why this applies.
Freedom….how does a believer who was set free by Jesus, continue to feel that they are in bondage?
I spent some time in devotion and felt a pressing on me to get out the door and walk around my neighborhood circle, despite my tight time schedule. I find that I hear more clearly from God during that time. It’s not that it’s magical or divine necessarily, but I am not distracted and somehow the blood pumping and the practice of focus during that time has made it an easier way for me to quickly connect. I’ve read that it is a good practice to go to the same spot to pray (even though we can pray all throughout our day, of course) because we can get in our quiet place quicker that way. Have you found this for yourself? What is your “place” to pray?
As I was walking, I was asking God about the areas where I don’t really feel “free”…..I think we all have different areas in life that we struggle with…..some of them we feel we have victory in and other areas feel like they just keep tugging at us.
One thing that I heard clearly is that I should not believe that I don’t have freedom already. Because the Holy Spirit is in me, I am free. Satan will always use these tactics of defeat and sense of bondage to try to make us feel badly about ourselves. I quickly remembered why I really got inspired to start On Fire Fit….so many people feel this: “when I eat ‘right’ I am good, but when I eat the ‘wrong’ things or too much, that I am bad” and it creates this perpetual cycle of feeling good when I get it right and feeling icky when I get it wrong. You could replace any other thing/struggle/battle in that spot where I used eating. Put in there your anger, your work, your battle with drugs/alcohol, lust, laziness…..whatever is your area that you feel you get free from. It separates us from God, and He never wants that!
God set us free. As soon as we think “I got this” that is exactly when pride starts to take us down the wrong path. We ARE free and the sooner we recognize that truth, because of what God has said about the Spirit’s power in us, the sooner we can walk in that truth day and night.
….because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
We are never going to “get it right” all the time and it will never last if we keep relying on our own will, drive, determination, or motivation. As long as we do not let our moments of “blowing it” to separate us from God, or cause us to run the other way, HE will work out in us what needs to be worked out.
Thank God for HIS power that is everlasting, His grace and mercy that is new every morning and that He never ever gives up on us. He is our freedom.