Hoping to share the love, joy, and grace I have received in my own life.

Where is freedom found?

on July 2, 2017

And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. ~2 Corinthians 3:17

When we trust Jesus to save us, he removes our burden of trying to please him and our guilt for failing to do so.  By trusting Jesus, we are loved, accepted, forgiven, and freed to live for him.  I make mistakes all the time.  I have done things in my past that I am not proud of.  Still when these things start to flood my mind, I remember that I have given them to God.  I no longer need to have the shame and guilt that comes from past transgressions because I know that he knows me.  He knows my heart.  He has heard my regret and reminded me that there is freedom where the Spirit of the Lord is.  The freedom he has given me releases the heavy burden of past regrets and reminds me that I am on a new path, a better path.  Although I might (will) still make mistakes, my relationship with him will remain constant.

I wish I could put into words the weight lifted from my shoulders with this freedom.  I had so much baggage from all of the mistakes in my life that it felt like I was wearing a robe of heavy chains.  I didn’t realize the weight or even that I wore that robe until it was lifted off of me.  My whole person has changed.  Life isn’t perfect.  Life happens, right?  Things aren’t always rainbows and unicorns, but the way that I manage the fires that come my way now has significantly changed the way I feel about whatever the issue is at hand.  Prayer works!  How wonderful it is to know that I can’t control everything and that I don’t need to.  That is God’s job.  Freedom is found in letting go of whatever it is that ties us down.  Freedom is found in trusting God, knowing Jesus, and letting the Holy Spirit work through me, in me, in this beautiful crazy life.


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