The Fight For Freedom

Have you ever felt so bound up by something that you almost physically couldn’t breathe? There are so many things in this world that fight for our attention and affection. They claw and they clamor and they scream at us from every direction.

I had a conversation with a young woman not too long ago. We were talking about purity and morals and boundaries and all the things. She shared how hard a life of purity is in this culture and specifically in her relationship with her boyfriend. I have been blessed to have sat under amazing leadership when it comes to purity, so I told her she needed to evaluate how important her purity was to her. I asked her how much she wanted it and what she was willing to sacrifice for it.

And of course, as the Holy Spirit does, He asked me that same question. Not only about purity but about everything in my life. Where in my life have I not really wanted freedom? What areas of my life have I not been willing to make sacrifices for?

My thought life has always been a struggle for me. I tend to think and overthink and analyze and re-analyze. Much of that thinking is fixated on subtle lies I have told myself, lies other people have spoken over me or what the enemy has whispered. Those lies easily send me into a shame spiral, and anxiety and depression are usually not far behind.

We, as believers, are always in some sort of fight. We fight against the enemy. We fight against our flesh. We even fight against other people. The most important fight we are called to is the good fight of faith. We are not to fight for faith but out of faith. Because then, it really isn’t even us doing all of the fighting because it is God who fights for us.

I began thinking about how easily we become slaves to bondage. It could be anything from our thought patterns to sin cycles to full-blown addictions. It could be our circumstances or expectations or our disappointments that we can become slaves to. The enemy loves nothing more than to see God’s beloved children chained and never walking in freedom.

As we all know, freedom is not free. It comes at a price. More often than not, that price is a high one. With our free will, we get to decide whether or not to pay that price, and that price looks different for everyone. But as one of my favorite verses says,

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17 (CSB)

Have you every really thought about that? Where exactly is the Lord, and where is this freedom? He is Spirit, and He is omnipresent. He is everywhere. He is above and below. He goes before us and follows behind. He walks alongside us. He inhabits the praises of His people. And on this side of the Cross, His Spirit dwells within us.

 

 

 

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Worship Wednesday…Real Thing

“Baby steps my child
To you it may be nothing, but you make daddy proud
Your weakness is only my strength
I know you’ve got your question,
but I’m closer than you think I promise .
Oh I won’t let go, Oh I won’t let go
I see you right where you are
I’m holding on to your heart .
You’ve been here all this time
Tell me where have I been looking cause,
you weren’t hard to find Mercy opened my eyes I’m
loosing my religion to be loved like a child I promise .
I’m done pretending, I want the real
I’m done pretending, I want the real
I’m done pretending, I want the real”
By Maverick City Music

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