So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed…(John 6:36)
The enemy has been trying to keep me in bondage the last few days. His words seem so convincing and my fear buttons are being pressed with great intensity. Old patterns, deeply rooted are being pressed. I sense God wants to heal, but if I could be quite honest more of what I’m experiencing is not freedom but an exposing of an unsanctified place in my heart. A place that doesn’t trust God. A place where my faith is weak.
Yet, in Christ I am free, no longer a slave to sin, but a freedwoman. Yes, a freedwoman whose heart and mind has been captured by the overwhelming love of God. That is the freedom we must walk forward in if we’re going to make it in this life. The freedom that shouts into our souls, “Come and follow me! Out of darkness, out of shame and into life abundant!”
I believe what I am realizing about Jesus is that He is not safe. At least, He doesn’t feel safe. As I follow Him, more often than not He and I have these encounters with HIm where I feel like the rich young ruler in Mark 10 because Jesus keeps allowing these circumstances in my life that reveal idols still very present in my heart. I’m learning, sometimes slowly, that until I purge them, they will drown me in doubt, discouragement, fear, and anxiety.
We are only as strong as the armor we wear. Until we learn to put on the full armor of God, taking captive every thought and making it obedient to Christ, we will run from the grace of God and right back into the hands of the enemy.
God split the red sea and Israel had to walk FORWARD in faith. God spoke to Mary and Joseph about the Christ child being born to them and they had to walk FORWARD in faith. Gideon was told that He would defeat the Midianite army with only 300 men and he had to walk FORWARD in faith. Joshua was told to march around Jericho seven times. He had to walk FORWARD in faith.
It’s time lay our comforts down to walk forward in faith. I know when the devil is active in my life because my heart and mind start to be overcome by worry. All of my comforts that I’ve clung to start pressing in on me. Until we learn to let our hearts be at rest in the presence of God as we walk forward in faith, leaving our idols behind, we will continue to walk away from the grace of God. Sit and listen to His voice, put on your armor today and walk FORWARD in faith, knowing that as the peace of God fills your heart, you can be confident that His love and grace will sustain you no matter what life brings your way.
Lord, I put on my armor today. You are a mighty God. Thank you for loving me and sustaining me by your overwhelming grace. You are a mighty God. You don’t always feel safe, but I know that I can trust you. Father, be glorified in my life. I lay it all down in your hands, in Jesus name, Amen.