Our walk with the Lord is suppose to provide us with freedom. What does that freedom look like?
It looks different than what we think. Let’s work out our salvation with fear and trembling, and rest in God.
Life is hard. The enemy tempts us. Bad things happen to good people. We will make mistakes. WE are not perfect. There is no formula for the perfect Christian. Our will, will always get in the way. These things are true.
These things are also true.
God is good. God sent His son so we could live, and live to the full. He is the good shepherd. We are written on the palms of His hands. John 10:10-11, Isaiah 49:16
I accepted Jesus when I was a little girl. Life happened to me from 19-23. Things happened, very bad things. Choices I made that were not godly. I lied, stole, hurt people I loved, I cheated, I did drugs, life happened and it got our of control.
I can tell you this tho…I was never lost. I felt lost. I may have been out of the pasture, but OUR God was never far from me, He was there calling me home, waiting anxiously for me to look back. I did look back and I turned around. I turned from the life I had made for myself and there was the Shepherd..
I repented and He carried me home. My return to peace took time. God offered me complete healing but I resisted it. I didn’t deserve it, so I rejected His freedom. I would even blame Him for His heavy hand upon me, but eleven years later He would lift His hand when I finally accepted His love and forgiveness of me.
A load was lifted. My guilt and shame were gone. I was restored. Now, I can’t be sure it was because I refused to accept it. But I know I was refusing it, because the day I was delivered. I had one more wrestle with it, and before I let it go I said, “I don’t know who I am with out it.”
It has never come back. I can freely talk about my past and know that is God’s business now. And I have put on the new clothes He has given me. I didn’t have to know who I was without my past, because He took care of that when I let it go.
You may think that is me getting real, but now I will get real.
We all have a story, and God owns it. I am not to boast about myself but about my weaknesses. And in that tell of Gods goodness and faithfulness.
To get real means to get right with your own story and weaknesses. We are called to live at peace and that peace is available through Christ. And when we cling to that peace and accepted it, we can then be used to share it.
When God is our refuge, and God is our strength, we can do all things. He wants you to tell of His goodness, and His faithfulness. Not in the way the world does it, but humbly and graciously, and as freely as God offers Himself to us we should offer ourselves to Him.
He will shine through you. He does shine through you.
I call us to surrender ourselves to Him. Because the more real we are about our lives, the more real God becomes both to us and to others. Tell of His faithfulness in your life, tell of His goodness, share it openly, be the you God created you to be.
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works.
6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
And I will declare Your greatness.
7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
And shall sing of Your righteousness. Psalm 145:4-7 NKJV