“He who the Son sets free is free indeed! It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”1
One of the most freeing things I am experiencing of late is a gradual freedom from “the fear of man.” Freedom from the barrage of thoughts that seek to beat me up from the inside out as I waste time consumed with wondering; with asking myself silly questions regarding what other people do or don’t think about me; why they did or did not speak; what they REALLY meant when they said this or that; why they always say things to me a certain way or different than they speak to anyone else; why they seem to me speak in a condescending way. I could go on and on…but, really what’s the point?
I AM FREE!
I’m fighting for my life to no longer be filled with such life-choking debris, and my mind is clearer and freer to think thoughts which are more pleasing to the LORD.
Sometimes our minds can be a playground for the enemy of our souls to romp around in. For any number of reasons we simply forget to take our thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. We allow life-long insecurities to resurface and do harm to our souls and possible other people.
I’ve cried many tears; I’ve fussed and fumed out loud before the Lord and my patient husband. Though I was allowed to vent, clearly heard and understood, sometimes I needed to be corrected and exhorted.
None of this is by accident. God is always up to something,always using the stuff of life to cleanse and purify. He wants healing to take place in my life. He wants the areas of my heart that are scarred by sin and shame to receive the treatment, the surgery I may be in desperate need of, so that I can move on and heal.
Dear sisters, why does the Lord take the time to do all this for me and for you? Why does He love us so? Why is He so committed to our good? He is the Great I AM! He is Jehovah! He is the God who sees! He is the Good Shepherd and He is committed to our care and feeding.
We are His kids! Like any loving earthly parent, He is willing to do whatever it takes to brings us up in a manner consistent with godliness and holiness. He wants us to grow up and stop sweatin’ the small stuff!
Dear ones, why do I share this with you? I know that in a variety of ways many of us are trapped by STUFF – stuff that daily renders us less effective for Kingdom work.
Join me in continual, fervent prayer, seeking God for wholeness and freedom from whatever IT is that binds us. Let’s take our souls to task, wrestle them to the ground if we have to! Let’s allow ourselves to be set free to BE who God has called us to be,; who God says we are! Remember and never forget: He whom the Son sets free IS FREE INDEED!!
Stephanie Paul serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women’s Addiction Ministry. She has been married for almost 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. Stephanie serves alongside him as Care Group leaders in their church. They have two grown children.
Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.
1 see John 8:36; Galatians 5:1