To Be Free, no longer bound up by the old-self inside of us. What makes some return to their old ways, but others remain forever basking in the Glory of the Most High all the days of their lives? I am often confused by the process I watch unfold when one person struggles, while another seems to have no residual issues in old problem areas. One falls, while the next is not missing a beat becoming more Christ-like every day. As I become closer to God and attempt to be as diligent as humanly possible in heeding His call on my life, I find new personal challenges daily.
John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all, the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
My challenge is finding and applying wisdom and endurance; but also in learning to know when and what to let go of. Learning when to dust my feet off, per say, and when to stand firm and dig deep. Grabbing on Roots deep and not giving up when giving up seems so easy. In my own life the devil had convinced me of a terrible lie for many years. The lie was that “when the going gets tough, well people just get going”. Abandoned was truly how I felt inside. So often I would make the existence of being around me so miserable and intolerable, that the logical choice was to dust your feet off and move on. That devil, the crafty little punk he is. He sold me a bag of goods that the whole world was only surface deep and never cared about me. He was constantly telling me that nobody ever loved me; that everyone was only pretending to care until they received all they could from me. Then, like everyone else they would be gone. The problem was that I was the one who continued to make the conditions of my relationships horrendous enough to compel those who I “loved” to finally leave. The man in the mirror was so insecure that I could not expose the real person inside and be vulnerable. So I continued to create this big charade. Roots deep is where the problem lied. Somewhere deep in my childhood I developed these feelings of abandonment. The devil used those feelings against me for as long as he could. One thing I discovered is that I am survivor. Another thing my mother taught me was to be extremely resilient. In fact my amazing mother coined this phrase: “It is not about how many times you get knocked down in life, it is about how many times you get back up”.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Facing truth. You must be willing to face the truth. If you choose to live only in half-truth you will never understand the freedom of living in the true power of Jesus Christ. He did not come to die for half of your sins. Or to take half of the punishment of our sinful flesh. He came and died and rose again perfectly, so that you and I could freely sit here, hear this message about Him, and choose to live for Him with our own free will.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
One final thought: No truth is as misunderstood, or fought as the Holy Spirit. The devil takes that which was meant for good and tries to distort it. Open the eyes to our heart Lord, open the eyes to our heart.
Lord, I rise to walk with thee, and in thee, and like thee. I humbly pray that power and authority is granted to the believer. That your chosen people, the mountain movers, rise up and choose to live in the victory of their newfound lives; and the semblance of their old self is gone, forever. Thank you Father, for you are a good, good Father indeed! -Amen