Freedom for Believers
There is freedom for believers in Jesus. Do you wake up with a bounce in your step and a smile on your face? Every once in a while, we may have a down day. That should be the exception, not the rule. We have a fountain of joy available to us every day. Jesus says, in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." That is my desire daily...even minute by minute. Life is too short to waste it on drama and despair.
Now, I am not saying that there aren't hard times, trials and struggles - there are plenty! What I am saying is that we sometimes (or in some cases, a lot of the time) cause struggles for ourselves. Let me give you a personal example. I used to be too concerned about what a few people were thinking or thought of me. Keeping it inside and trying to look outwardly like nothing bothered me - it didn't work. Deep down inside it all sat. I just stuffed it down. Over time I ran out of room. My confidence floundered in my quest to be loved and accepted. I was suffocating from the inside. No more room to stuff anything and I felt like I was going to lose myself. Numbness...not free at all.
I couldn't do it anymore. So I stopped. It wasn't easy, and I was afraid, but I did it. There is freedom for believers, and I wanted to be free. Praying and reading a lot, I searched for answers. I wanted to know what was wrong with me that I was so stuck on what these few people thought of me.
What I have discovered is that all that time I was at least half of the problem, if not more. Yes - these few were disapproving and really liked controlling me. But the problem was me. I allowed and condoned this treatment of myself. I now know that I was trading my freedom for a select few people's approval. These types of people, who thrive on control, weren't going to approve me...for in the approval they would lose control. Did they intentionally do it? Probably not. Most people are not out to get anyone...they are merely trying to get something (control, money, or power) for themselves.
I began to get myself back! In a whole new way. My understanding that our God loves me with an all-consuming GOOD love grew. He loves me all the time, JUST AS I AM! I was beginning to discover His freedom for believers for myself. Kind of like David wrote about in Psalm 139:1-10;
"O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in - behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I go from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast."
It took some time for all the stuff I had stuffed to get out of me. Let me tell you, ugly in...uglier out! Thank You Jesus you have loved me all the time, even as it all came out! I am free now, with the kind of freedom and life Jesus spoke about in John 10:10. Every day I feel more free! My daily passion is to be the best me I can be, and to freely love life and people in every way that I can. I LOVE MY LIFE; YES, THERE IS FREEDOM FOR BELIEVERS!! I AM FREE!
That is what I want for you. You can do it. I would be blessed to cheer you on your journey. Visit my website; www.lovelife2day.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments are welcomed and desired as well. Let's be a part, together, of a new way of living......living free!!