Choose Freedom

I feel freer than I ever have in my entire life, and it feels great. At the same time, I know there are even more levels of freedom I will experience in my journey. There’s a reason why the song “No longer Slaves” was and still is such a popular song.  We all love the idea of no longer being slaves to the lies of the enemy that bring about fear and anxiety, yet many of us still struggle to actually walk in freedom in our everyday lives.

See, I’ve always preferred to be more of the behind the scenes type of person. Speaking publicly has never been an ambition or desire of mine. Some people are basically born with a microphone in their hands and can’t wait to find a stage; I was not. I’ve done a really great job at being hidden for years. Also as a mother of little ones, I often used my need to focus on them as my reasoning for not stepping out. But in all honesty, at times that was more of an excuse than a reason.  With that being said, there are seasons for everything, and there is nothing wrong with things being put on hold. It really does come down to His perfect timing and plan for us. You’d think I would have known this may happen to me. But, even though I did marry a Pastor, I always “planned” on not being the Pastor’s wife that did a lot of speaking. Now I look back and laugh.

I laugh because I can see how the Lord has slowly nudged me over the years to get out of my comfort zone. I see now that He was always preparing me for the season I am stepping into now. My life now looks a lot more public than I ever thought it would be, but I’m ok with that.

Public roles are not the goal for the typical introvert, but the Lord’s purpose for our lives takes precedence over our personality type.

I simply decided to believe the truth and walk in it. I chose to believe I had a voice and a message worth sharing. Over the years, I’ve willingly chose to not believe the same boring lies the enemy uses on all of us. I now choose to do things that are out of my comfort zone often, and when I do, I grow every time.

What are the lies you may be believing? The ones I heard most were “What do you have to say that hasn’t been said before?” or “You’re not good at this.”

So, what does true freedom look like and how do we walk in it?

The Bible says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom”,  and Galatians 5 tells us a lot about being led by the Spirit.

13-16 It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit.

From these verses two main things stick out to me.

To walk in freedom we must:

1- Love others as we love ourselves

2-Choose to be led by the Spirit

Loving others might seem easy enough, but the thing is, we can’t love others well if we do not love ourselves.

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Does our heart know and believe the truth?

He delights in us/Smiles when He sees us/Is cheering us on/Loves us to no end/Empowers us/Has a great purpose for our life.

Do we know our worth as sons/daughters? Do we believe He will work things together for good in our lives?

Do we believe that we count?

“When you work for an audience of One, you always know that you count”

-Ann Voskamp

So, once we know and believe the truth about ourselves, we must then choose to be led by the Spirit.

I still remember my teacher in grade school saying, “It all comes down to choices,” and that really does stand true to this day.  Galatians tells us we must “choose to be led by the SPIRIT”.  But, what does it look like to be led?

It looks like dependency: Realizing we need Him every moment of every day.

In parenting, dating, decisions, schedules, jobs and more. It looks like being intentional to stop and listen for the Holy Spirit to guide our steps every single day. The more you are intentional to listen for the Holy Spirit, the more natural this way of life becomes.

The thing is, He first chose us, but we must choose Him in return.

6 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. Deuteronomy 7:6

Are we choosing Him daily? Are we choosing His way or our ways?

22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives.

I ask myself often, “Is what you’re doing and what you’re thinking working for or against you?”

Are our choices resulting in true freedom?

We have a choice to believe the lies about our worth, our purpose, and His promises, or to believe the truth. We also have a choice to lead our lives or to be led by the Spirit.

I want us to know that our choices matter.

Our choices shift things in our life.

The Lord wants us to live out Heaven here on earth, but We don’t get the blessings of Heaven if we aren’t living out the ways of Heaven.

Christ came, walked this earth, paid the price, bought us, and set us free.

He says, You are free; Choose to be who you already are.

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