Category Archives: Freedom

Invitation to Freedom

23621364_10212631202127447_5913033803280976148_nSome words I feel the Lord is giving me are not as easy to release as others. I contemplated this one for a while this morning. For me it is a good reminder that I am not responsible to carry all the burdens of the world or to pick up other people’s offenses. It certainly doesn’t mean I don’t care for the individual or the situation, if I didn’t I wouldn’t be tempted to pick them up to begin with; I for one have enough cares of my own that I need the Lord’s help with that I don’t need to take on what is not mine to carry. I hope and trust this is an encouragement to someone else as well.

The invitation has been given – come. Come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest as you allow Me to carry the heavy burdens you weren’t meant to carry. There is no need to pick up burdens and carry offenses that are not yours, leave them alone, they weigh you down and serve no purpose for you; they rob you of your own peace and joy, let the one responsible for them carry their own and deal (work through) with Me regarding them. Sometimes love means saying no and letting them face their issues being dependent on Me – not you; then you will be free to love, encourage, and support them from a different (higher) perspective as you are not bent over, looking down, under the weight of their problems.

As I contemplated today being garbage pickup day (in my city) what better time than today to release any garbage (burdens/offenses) laying around that will foul the air in our life (physically or spiritually). The adversary would like us to hold onto stuff and let it ferment – souring relationships and lives; let’s toss him (adversary) out with the garbage today and breathe in a breath of fresh air.

 Grace and Peace to you,

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Light

Come in to the light, My Light, it’s where you are meant to be. In My light truth is known, all darkness has to flee. In My light there is no shadow cast over you, there is freedom and victory. In My light there is pure love, love that conquers all fear. Let the light of My love bathe you – setting you free to dance before Me, to dance as David danced. To dance a dance of celebration, of liberty, of joy; the dance of life found in Me. The dance that can only be danced as one is encased in the light of My loving presence.

Forgiveness

sunset silhouette-online   Forgiveness, what a strong and powerful thing it is; it sets captives free. Perhaps not the one who did the offense but the offended one, the one who was wronged, that was hurt; the one who is carrying an unpaid IOU because the offender never came forth to apologize, to make restitution, or even acknowledge they did wrong; perhaps they’re not even aware they caused hurt to another.
   I, as I’m certain many others have, at times innocently said or did something never realizing others were hurt or offended. Likewise, we have also been the recipient of someone’s remark or action that hurt us, whether innocently or with malice.
   Whether actions against us are intentional or unintentional a wound may occur, which when left unaddressed can fester causing an infection of anger, resentment, and bitterness. Unforgiveness is a poison to our spirit and soul leading us to wanting revenge, to hurt as we were hurt, and can even cause hardness of heart. The poison begins to sinisterly fill us and come out in our relationships, words, thoughts, and actions; it affects our attitude, erodes trust, and casts a dark shadow over us. It holds us captive, robs our joy, steals peace, clouds vision, chips away at our patience, raises blood pressure, hinders our relationship with the Lord, and allows the adversary a foothold into our lives; once in he goes to work to bring destruction wherever he can.
   I recently found myself going from being considered a wonderful person, helpful and appreciated, to being reviled by the very same person. Further it was for something they thought they knew about someone else without having all the facts; my guilt was that I knew the other individual. My attempt to speak with them about this and the actions they were taking against me and family members, met with a rage I have never experienced before. I was in shock, hurt further, and even became fearful of their potential actions.
   My heart was certainly not at peace; I found myself being adversely affected mentally and emotionally; which I didn’t like.
   What’s a cure?
   Forgiveness, what a strong and powerful vaccine it is. It may be a hard pill to swallow, but once done heartfelt, its effects are amazing. The individual who harmed me may never apologize or ask forgiveness; nor the relationship be mended. In extending forgiveness for their actions it does not mean they were right, that I am pretending it did not happen, or that they are getting off the hook. It means I turned over the right to collect the debt myself to the Lord, who is the just Judge, to deal with them and bring justice. I chose to do this even if the Lord in His mercy were to grant them forgiveness of their sins – as they come to Him; just as He, in his mercy, forgave me my wrongs.
   Forgiving benefits the forgiver; my heart is at peace, my joy restored.

Live Fully

lg-oak-tree-onlineCome to Me and I will give you rest. I know the world wears you down and you become weary. As you sit with Me I will give you rest, I will refresh you and revive your spirit. Let me carry the burdens you were not meant to carry, let Me fill you with My peace and still your anxious heart. I want you to live fully – in freedom, not weighed down with unnecessary cares, trust Me to guide you through the troubled waters. As you trust in Me more fully, you will be able to enjoy life in a greater measure.

Heart Mender

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABring your heart to me, all the broken and bruised pieces. Lay them out before me – everyone, I’ll put the pieces back together if you’ll let me, I know the way, I am the original designer. You don’t need to carry the hurt, the pain, sorrow and sufferings, it’s been long enough. Your heart was not meant to carry such heavy weights; they cause cracks and fissures, dark spots and even hardness of heart, release them to me. Then let your heart and spirit carry My joy, peace, and love, they are light as  a feather and add no stress. A heart at rest, at peace, gives life to the body, a twinkle in your eye, a joyous song in your spirit.

Freedom – Nothing Left to Lose

DoveJanis Joplin sang a song with the lyrics “Freedom is Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose”.  How true those words are.  When we come to the end of ourselves and surrender all to the Lord, we find we have nothing of our own value worth keeping, but all in Christ to gain.

Why don’t we like the words surrender and brokenness?  Why do our hearts race or we become faint with limp limbs and pale faces at the thought? Do we Continue reading