So much talk about Freedom lately. Some of it hotly debated to the point of exhaustion. I’m not talking about freedom of this or that, so I’ll not get into that today. I’m talking about true personal over the top joyful FREEDOM. The kind that oozes from your pores. The kind that makes people want to be near you.
How can a prison inmate experience true freedom?
How can persecuted Christians around the world live in the freedom and joy when they know their very lives might be taken from them at any moment?
“They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.” Revelation 12:11
This type of freedom is indeed a mystery for those of us who carry so many offenses and past abuse and pain around that we don’t allow ourselves to experience the true freedom Jesus paid for on the cross. We know it’s there, but it’s not so easy to actually live in that freedom. Jesus has set us free, but we don’t live like it.
Before we can talk about freedom, we need to talk about bondage. Before we can talk about bondage, we need to know what that bondage is.
Let me just plant some food for thought for you to ponder over the next few days…
True freedom only comes from knowing what your bondage is… if Satan is going to keep you from your purpose, what’s he going to use? Here’s a hint: when looking for things that bind you, start by looking at the things that you LIKE. The things that distract you. Then move on to the nitty gritty life-sucking events like chronic illness and circumstances. ALL of these things can bind your hands and feet and keep you from walking into your purpose.
Ask God to reveal to you those things that keep you in bondage. He will do it.
Then, apply the Blood of the Lamb and KNOW you have been set free! This is what Jesus gave his life for! The ability to walk in your purpose and calling, to change lives, to set the captives free!
The part about setting others free is a sticky one for some, for it involves telling your story. Do it. Tell your story. There is someone who needs to hear it.
They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony; (Revelation 12:11)
When I was a kid, we used to have testimony services where people would stand up and share what God was doing in their lives. I was just a little girl, but oh how I loved those times. I’d hear over and over again about the faithfulness of God to his people.
At my church recently, the pastor took time at the end of service for testimonies, so that we might “overcome by the blood of the lamb and the power of our testimonies.” He asked people to share by saying “God has set me free from ____________” or “God is setting me free from ______________.” Here’s what we heard:
God has/is setting me free from: suicide – porn – anxiety – depression – stressful job – self reliance – fear – shame of abortion – loving money – drugs – violence – abuse – cancer – my ideals – pursuit of perfection – fear – need to be in control – self doubt – fear of lack of finances – feeling responsible for being raped – debt – obesity & overeating – loneliness – lack of trust – abusive past – PTSD – hatred of myself – substance abuse – bipolar disorder – rage & hatred
As each person stood up to take the microphone, something began to happen. The Holy Spirit was inhabiting those testimonies with great power! People were moved to tears. Hope was restored to those who were experiencing the same bondage. God used the stories of the broken and began a miracle in the hearts of hundreds of people by bringing them HOPE.
Want freedom? The kind that makes you ooze with joy? Get to that place by dealing with the accuser and then exposing his lies. You don’t have to speak it to a crowd of people, but share your story with someone. God is in the business of deliverance. Your deliverance may have been delayed, but it has not been denied.
May our chains all be broken, in the name of Jesus. There is power in the Name of Jesus.