“Be who you already are. Be Free– because you already are free. Your enemy is dead–so silence the lies in your head. No enemy can imprison you–because your Savior empowers you. Nothing can hold you in bondage–because you are held by him. Not one thing can hold you back– because his arms are holding you.
The greatest lie of the pit is that you have to prove yourself.
The greatest truth of Christ’s reality is that you are free– so live free. Be who you already are.
You are always free from something–to become free for something.
This is what the realest love does–it frees you from slavery and frees you for serving. From slavery to the dark to serving in the kingdom of light! From slavery to meaningless pain–to serving for the most meaningful purpose.” Ann Voskamp (foreward in You Are Free)
These last few months, God has taken me on a journey. A journey of walking in freedom. A journey of discovering my calling. A journey of exploring my weaknesses and strengths. A journey of healing from years of shame. A journey of leaning hard into His strength.
God has been asking me to release. . . let go. . .make space. . . surrender. I’ve been reminded often of the verse, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Cor. 3:17) Recently, I exercised to the Revelation Wellness podcast with Alisa Keaton and she said, “As we release, we grow more space for freedom. And that’s the kingdom! We grow a spaciousness to release and let go. . .able to give away more freedom.”
Several months ago, I began reading and studying the book You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons. I had read the book once before, but this time as I read, God began opening my eyes and heart to new truths about His freedom and walking in His freedom.
Rebekah writes, “Even in our feeble weakness, if we claim Christ and his resurrection, somehow we are God’s agents who carry freedom to the world. God calls us to operate out of the freedom he has already given us. That is the good news, the gospel. We cannot add to it, or diminish it.
Freedom comes when we know God is enough, when he is our everything. When he is our peace, and our strength, joy, and rest. Our provision, healer, hope, fortress, shelter, strong tower, and Father. Freedom reveals everything good is from him and by him and for him. Every breath we take, every person we encounter, every word we utter is all an expression of a freedom where God dwells in us and loves through us!”
Galatians 5:1, 13 also says, “So Christ has truly set us free. No make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.”
Paul reminds me as a believer to make sure I stay free. (Satan is constantly trying to steal my freedom!) Don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. (Grace has come in the form of Jesus Christ- the Gospel.) I have been called to live in freedom.(To live in the light, not darkness.) To use my freedom to serve one another in love. . .to lead others into freedom. That’s my calling. My purpose.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I’ve definitely struggled to understand the waiting, the pain, the grief, and confusion of life’s trials. But God has clearly and graciously revealed truth and understanding to me in recent months! He has been leading me to true freedom found in Him alone! I am learning to release shame, grief, performance, plus much more. I am learning to allow Christ to rinse my soul with His healing and receive more of His grace. I am learning to recover my inheritance as His daughter. I am learning to rest and abide in Him. Christ is restoring my soul and the joy of my salvation. I am learning to rejoice in my identity in Him.
I am learning that “I cannot prioritize my doing before being, my assignment before healing, my service before freedom.” (words from Rebekah’s book)
I am so excited about this new journey of freedom in my life and His defined calling to lead others into His freedom!
Freedom to be rescued.
Freedom to be called.
Freedom to confess.
Freedom to thirst.
Freedom to ask.
Freedom to begin again.
Freedom to wait.
Freedom to rest.
Freedom to grieve.
Freedom to be weak.
Freedom to celebrate.
Freedom to be brave.
Freedom to love.
Freedom to set free.
(chapters in Rebekah’s book)
I plan to share more of my journey to freedom in the weeks to come, but I want to invite you to join me in studying Rebekah’s book You Are Free. Rebekah is launching a free 6-week study of freedom starting on March 4, 2019. You can sign up here.
I promise you will grow from this study of the Word and learn much from Rebekah’s own journey of freedom! God desires for each one of us to live and experience His freedom! So much joy and abundance is found when we live free! I hope you’ll join me!