Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
John 8:36 NKJV
So if the son liberates you [makes you free men] then you are really and unquestionably free.
John 8:36 AMP
When I woke up this morning I pictured a person standing with broken chains around them. The background was dark but there was a bright light behind them that let me see the shadowy figure. It was obvious they had been freed from the bondage they were held captive in. They looked tired, a little disheveled, somewhat confused and unsure if they could actually move forward in their freedom and so they just stood still.
It reminded me how God has granted so many of us freedom simply by believing in Him but because of what we see we fail to truly believe that we’ve been freed indeed. Just because things look the same in the physical does not mean that you are not freed up in the Spirit to move forward so that the physical manifestation can take place.
Check out our key Scripture. It let’s us know that there should be no doubt, no question in our minds that we are made free in Christ. You see? It’s not a question it’s a fact. We are free! We are free! We do not have to doubt our freedom in Christ. Ever!
Whether you felt the chains fall off while in worship, God spoke to your spirit letting you know that you are free, or John 8 has solidified your understanding of your spiritual freedom papers in Christ, I encourage you to stand firm in your newly recognized truth and ask God for assistance in learning how to truly live this free life in Him.
Your chains have been broken! You are allowed to move forward! In spite of what you or anyone else may have to say!
I pray that you will have a positive mind shift. That you will not be so comfortable with chaos that you miss the peace that God is offering right now. That you will not revert back to your bondage situation because it’s familiar or comfortable and just sit there thinking you aren’t free because child of God you are.
I pray that God will teach you how to accept and firmly walk in your freedom. I pray that He will teach you how to accept the peace that comes with this freedom and that doubt, guilt, restraint, or feelings of worthlessness will no longer have a dwelling place in your hearts and minds in spite of your yesterday. I thank God that the situation and mindset that you were held up in no longer has a hold on you, your heart, your thoughts, or your life! I thank the God of Heaven that you are free at last! In Jesus’ name!
Even if you don’t feel it I need you to know it so that you can begin to firmly believe it and walk in it!
Before I sign off for the day I want to give you one way that you can practice moving forward in your freedom: Speak that thang until it becomes a belief you live and move by.
The Scripture says, Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Speak that over your life throughout the day:
“God, I thank you that the Son has set me free meaning I am free indeed! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Speaking life over yourself is effective (Proverbs 18:21)! The principle is that simple. Staying with it and speaking it in moments you are feeling hemmed up might be a little more challenging but you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Phil 4:13)! Go forth this week, this month, the rest of this year remembering this truth and let’s just see where it leads you!
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Good morning beautiful people! I pray that you have had a blessed week so far. Today I wanted to share a little bit with you from last night’s Bible Study at church. For the last several weeks we have been discovering all that the Kingdom of God entails and how to seek out the kingdom of God to reduce anxiety and stress in our lives. It has been a blessing.
Last night we continued to discuss how we are an extension of the kingdom of God. With this we know that God trusts us to get to know Him and serve Him loyally (1 Chronicles 28:9) but what happens when serving becomes draining and even causes one to feel brokenhearted? The bible tells us to not grow weary in well doing, but how?! (Galatians 6:9) In this Bible study class we used an example from one of our members and touched
And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3 NKJV
In this season of my life one of the greatest lessons I have been taught have been on grace and humility. It has taught me to become less critical of others but it has also taught me that there is a thin line between that and compromise. That’s a whole different post. This morning verse three (our key verse) stood out to me because of how important introspection is. I’ve always been good at finding my faults and beating myself over the head with them. A pro actually! But at this point in my life I am learning to sit with God, look at my planks, hand them over to Him, and see how I can rid of them, and help others after I do without the shaming.
There is much that needs to happen as far as introspection goes. It doesn’t mean that I can’t see or discern when others
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
Psalms 37:23-24 NKJV
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to fall into something but when it’s time to climb out it’s like the most hellish experience ever? Like something that literally took you 4 seconds to get into can leave you spending the next 60 years fixing! This can be with anything…loving someone, becoming addicted to something, making a poor business decision, shoot making any poor life decisions.
The Bible does say obedience is better than sacrifice and I thought I learned this lesson lol but I still find myself looking back at my own life thinking, “Jesus, when will I learn to be obedient so I don’t have to deal with the challenge of climbing out of all these painful pits!?” (1 Samuel 15:22)
Family, we have got to learn to watch our steps! We are literally walking straight into pits of addiction, despair, bondage, confusion, depression, anxiety, etc and getting stuck there! The problem most of us are facing is that we are
“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV
I believe that I am one of the greatest packers of all time. Now this has nothing to do with packing lightly but I guarantee you I will have everything I need and everything I don't. I hate being unprepared. I hate getting somewhere and not having something that I need. This causes me to have 2 and 3 bags when I'm literally going 10miles away. Oh bag lady Mel, maybe you aren't the greatest packer of all time =/
This morning when I woke up the first thought was, “I need to start packing a little lighter.” Every time I go somewhere I'm weighed down with the worries of what I might need. When I leave the house with just a purse I'm anxious because what if I have downtime and can get work done or what if I need a change of clothes? Issues I know.
But God showed me that a lot of us are mentally, emotionally, and physically packing all this stuff that we don't need as we walk out the house everyday. We are packing guilt, pain, fear, and confusion and placing it on our backs causing
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
1 Peter 5:10 NKJV
Heartbreak, extreme debt, financial issues, loss of a loved one, loss period, bad health diagnoses, bodily harm, assaults, abuse are just a few of the things that happen in our lives that cause us to feel as though we are suffering. Pain, aching, excruciating moments whether mentally, spiritually, physically, or all three make it easy to look up and say, “God, why me? Why us? Why?”
While I believe that God doesn’t plan to harm us I do believe that He always has a plan to bring us back to a desired calm (Jeremiah 29:11). Whether it’s life’s choices (of self or others) that have brought you to this place of suffering or life challenges that you can’t explain, God has made us a promise…That after we suffer a little while He will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle us. We serve a God that can take anything and flip it so it works for the good of all. The word says, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV
You child of God are purposed, God knows you love Him, and He will turn this suffering into something that will
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:8-9 NKJV
This post is for the person beating themselves up over mistakes made, over mistakes that have turned into repeated decisions, for the one feeling guilty, ashamed, and condemned.
God has a remedy for the weight that you feel and it rests in His Son, Jesus Christ. Here are a few things you need to know…
1) You aren’t alone
The reality is, in our human state we have moments where we allow our flesh to lead us. Anytime our flesh is in control we are in danger of being led away from God. But it’s not something that is only unique to you. The Bible says that all have sinned and fall[en] short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
In His infinite wisdom and love God prepared for this. He knew we would struggle, we would fall, that we would have moments of rebellion. Feeling that you are the only one unable to pull it together in an area in your life is false. And
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 NKJV
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:7 NLT
If I could be honest, the last 16 hours of my life have been far less than stellar. Almost debilitating. It’s in moments like these that we must come to the throne room of our Heavenly Father and lay bare…naked before Him.
Our key Scripture for the day is one of my favorites. A couple of years ago I started using an activity called Cast Your Cares. Before starting our study we would write down everything bothering us, put it in an envelope, and cast them to Jesus so that we could properly receive Him that evening.
This activity is something that I have to constantly employ in my own life. Early this morning it was nothing different. I woke up from my very short sleep, short of breath because of the weight of my cares, teary eyed with the reality of life fighting against my faith, and just purely exhausted.
I pulled myself from bed and into a position to give my heart’s cries to my Father, the lover of my soul, my protector, my redeemer. I just so happened to write them out to Him because I couldn’t formulate the words any other way. This honesty with Him was something that had been lacking the last week as I tried to handle things myself and deal with these weights alone. As a result the words on my paper surprised me. The way I was feeling surprised me. The pain
and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
Ephesians 4:23 NKJV
One thing I love about God is that He is always ready and willing to pull us back into Him, hit the reset button, and send us back on our way refreshed and restored. We just don’t take advantage of this benefit as often as we should!
We might be having a horrible day but if we are walking in faith we know that taking a few minutes to sit with the Father in prayer, Scripture, or silent meditation can reset everything we are feeling. Taking a few moments to think about God will reset our focus to know that He is greater than anything we are facing and that He will carry us through if we allow Him to. He will provide in the stressful moments of need. He will bring peace when the frustrations of life including our interactions with people are at an all time high. Let Him hit the reset button but we have to go to Him to do that.
We might be feeling hurt like we've never experienced before and have no clue how to handle it but if we are walking in faith we know that taking time with our Father can reset our thinking process. Here we are reminded that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). We learn that He will heal the broken hearted (Psalm 147:3). We learn He will comfort those who mourn (Isaiah 61:2-3). We know that He will guard our hearts and minds…if we let Him (Philippians 4:7). Return to Him and let Him hit the reset button.
We might be feeling ashamed of decisions we've made or the actions we've taken part in but if we are walking in faith we know that taking a minute to return to the Father can reset everything we are feeling. The word tells us there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1)! Repentance brings about restoration. His grace applies to every situation. Rest in that! Let Him reset our yesterday (even if it was 10mins ago) and keep it pushing! We're still worthy of His love, we can still be used, and we're still gifted! We all fall short but God never does (Romans 3:23). Let Him pick you up!
Although our situations might remain the same we have to remember that when we lean on God the weight of what we are facing decreases. Not only because we've come to God but because we've trusted Him to help us carry the load.
So today if you are feeling weary, depressed, hurt, anxious, condemned, not good enough, unloved, or just have an attitude for good reason or no reason at all turn to God so He can hit the reset button for you and start you on your way anew. Do this as often as you need to at whatever point of the day you need to. The throne room of grace is open anytime we are in need (Hebrews 4:16)!
Do NOT forget to turn to God today! He's our first line of defense. The only one who can properly reset us. The only one who can properly protect us!
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No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
The other day I was sitting with my nephew while Doc McStuffins was on TV and I came across Robot Ray. I’m not quite sure what happened to cause the toy robot to go see the doctor but I did pay attention to his diagnosis. He was suffering from wetmosis, which let me know the poor robot was waterlogged lol.
Our young doctor gave him a solution to the problem…stay out of water! Don’t get wet! “These are the doctor’s orders!” He agreed and went about his business. In the next scene the robot saw a toy in danger and because it was in his nature to help that’s exactly what he dove in to do. The only problem is he had to go right in the midst of the water sprinklers to do it. So he ended right back up in Doc’s office and had to go through his procedure and “fixing” process all over again. She shared, “You have to follow the doctor’s orders!” His response, “But I had to save the day.”
How many times have we failed to obey the doctor’s orders, to obey God’s orders? Sometimes the directions are so simple, don’t get wet, don’t go there, stop flirting with that but our human inclination to satisfy the wants of the flesh (and even desires of the spirit) cause us to consistently jump right into the very thing that is causing us physical, spiritual, and emotional harm.
We see people and things that we crave and that draw us in and in spite of the doctor’s orders we fall victim to the tricks and traps of the enemy. There has to be safer ways to fill the voids of not getting what the flesh desires. Ways that our needs are met just as the doctor has prescribed. Sometimes it takes help from the people who are around us.
When Robot Ray was in the doctor’s office the second time all the toys talked to him about his choice. They held him accountable sharing with him the importance of following the doctor’s advice. Just as I talked about in yesterday’s blog, You need a group like theirs, we need people around us that will encourage us, not give up on us when we have moments of failure, and that will hold us accountable.
When robot Ray was faced with the final challenge he didn't have everyone to stop him and tell him, “Nooo, don’t jump in the water” even though they knew he wanted to save the toy. But Robot Ray found another way. It took him a little time but he was finally able to stop and think before he acted so he wasn’t putting himself in harms way. He found another avenue to do what his heart desired in a way that pleased the doctor and kept him healthy and whole.
My prayer for us is that we do take these ways of escape when they present themselves. That we trust that the directives God has given us are for our best interest. That we may remain whole and that those we’ve been called to serve and partner with will receive the best us. If you are struggling with following His orders understand that where you are weak you are strong because of Him (1 Corinthians 12:10). That through Christ all things are possible (Philippians 4:13). Don’t beat yourself up by ignoring His directives or for the struggle you may be facing just attempt to do better the next time you are faced with the test! His grace is sufficient for you (1 Corinthians 12:9)!
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