Freedom, Grace & Truth, Personal Growth

Just When You Thought You Were Free

It happens in a moment.

The freedom you hoped for is <poof> gone.

When you have planned a birthday weekend at the beach with your husband.

All the kids are in their places. On the way south to the sand and surf, you receive a phone call from your son who has had a head to head collision and is throwing up. You turn around and head to the ER, 2 1/2 hours north in the opposite direction away from your weekend of freedom and fun.

Just when you thought you were free for a weekend of refreshment…

When you have eaten healthy for the last few days.

But at 3:30 pm, you get the munchies, and you give in. You open that bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos and got for it. It tastes so good.

Just when you thought you were free from giving into the cravings…

When you’ve worked on the festering bitterness over an irritating relationship.

You’ve memorized verses, your surrendered it to God, you’ve even gone to counseling. But with just one comment, you are seething in anger again.

Just when you thought you were free from the bitterness…

It happens in a moment…just when you think you are free, you are being sucked back in.

False freedom

You could be chasing after a false freedom. A freedom that is all about doing what you want; pursing ease, comfort, and indulgence; expecting unhindered plans and unimpeded accomplishments.

False freedom is an illustrious, unattainable dream that leads to frustration and disappointment. True freedom is not being able to do what you want. True freedom is living how God created you to live.

Free in Jesus

There is hope. In Jesus, you are free- totally, completely, from the inside out.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Do not be enslaved by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  John 8:36 

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

In Jesus,

…bitterness that overwhelms your perspective will be untethered.

…strength and discipline to stay the healthy course will be found.

…insecurity and anxiety will be untangled from your inner dialogue.

In Jesus, freedom resides.

The danger of false freedom

When false freedom becomes your pursuit, prize, and focus- instead of Jesus, it presents many challenges, you:

…can begin to use Jesus to gain freedom instead of following Jesus in sold-out gratitude and desperation for Him.

…approach Jesus for what can He do for you.

question Him for not liberating you instantaneously from the painful things.

Obeying Jesus just to get freedom negates the very essence of surrender. You need to simply and utterly love Jesus because He is worthy.

The sweet grace of it all

True freedom comes when you release the effort of getting it for yourself.

Freedom is a gift of surrendered obedience to Jesus.

This post taken from an excerpt of an upcoming project:

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