freedom

“for freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1

To be honest, this has been one of the hardest semesters of my life.  I’ve been overwhelmed at times with loneliness, confusion, fear, insecurity, and inadequacy.  I’ve had quite a few moments where I’ve doubted everything.  So many negative thoughts have plagued my mind: “What in the world are you doing?”  “You aren’t smart enough for seminary.”  “How do you expect this all to work out?”  “You have no plan for your life.”  Satan has filled my mind with his lies, and it is so easy to listen to and believe them.  He is strong, and so often I just let him rule in my mind.

BUT.  Thankfully the Lord has reminded me of His victory over Satan.  God is sovereign and Satan is subordinate.  As a result of this victory I now live in the freedom that Christ has won me.  The enemy has been defeated and I no longer have to be a slave to these doubts and fears!  Praise Jesus!

“God sent His Son, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons…so you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” – Galatians 4:4-7

I am so thankful for the freedom that Christ’s blood provides.  I just pray that I will not submit again to the burden that Satan places over me!  My sinful flesh is still so strong and I daily need to remind myself of my identity in Christ.  I am not a slave to sin or to Satan.  No.  I am a daughter of Christ, a child of God, an heir to the King.  I have been purchased, redeemed, and ransomed by His blood!  How wonderful is that?!

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” – Romans 8:15

With His precious blood, Christ has bought my freedom.  Freedom from apathy, freedom from mediocrity, freedom from sin and shame and doubt and fear.  Freedom to live a life of joy and of purpose and of wild abandon.  Oh I am so thankful!  I have been so ungrateful for this gift – wallowing in my fears and doubts.  But I refuse live that way any longer.  Instead, I am able to combat these lies with the truth: “I am with you.”  “I am leading you.”  “I have called you and I will equip you.”

I pray too that you too would rest in these truths and in the presence of the Lord, allowing Him to fight for you.  That you would remember His sovereignty, the victory He has won, and the freedom you have in Christ.

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