Posts Tagged ‘free’

Freedom is scary; in fact it’s so frightening most of us choose to remain imprisoned. Rather than join God in the moment and trust Him with our future we cling to what’s familiar and what we believe we control even when it’s painful and unhealthy.  Freedom is more than available, it’s God’s desire and we are presented with the opportunity to choose it constantly. So instead of entertaining the same old thoughts, living according to other’s opinions and staying in our well worn rut; take a chance! Follow your heart, live and love in the now!

The best things in life are people and the best people are free, truly free. Too often, especially in religious circles (now there’s an interesting term) we become folks who have traded one set of chains for another. We try to conform to other’s ideas of who we should be, how we should act and what we should think at the expense of being real, being ourselves. How can we realize God’s unique love for us when we’re following the crowd?

Those chains you’ve been carrying around forever are so familiar they seem like part of you. They’re not! Let ‘em go you’ll be amazed.

Scripture says, do not fear nor be afraid for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

And in that promise, that reality, we get the peace and the intimacy that we all must have. Trusting these things to the Lord, knowing that we don’t have to be afraid or alone frees us to be real and vulnerable with the folks around us and that is the basis for real connection.

I met a gentleman named Bob and a beautiful lady named Dot the other day. They were out on the porch of an assisted living facility I was visiting. Their joy and appreciation for life was infectious. They told me that the best things in life really are free. They said they couldn’t possibly have asked for a morning as beautiful as this and they marveled at how fresh everything was as a result of last night’s storm. They each took a genuine interest me and freely shared about themselves. They told me to cherish each moment and not to forsake the present for the future.  I want to be like Bob and Dot.

There was a lady dancing in the plaza today with a beautiful flowered dress, a matching hat and a pair of Crocs that completed her outfit. She was dancing alone to the music of a Texas Swing Band and it’s quite possible that she was the freest person I’ve ever seen. She was thoroughly enjoying herself, the music, and the beauty of the day. She seemed as comfortable as she could be in who she is.

I want to be like her. I wish we could all be completely at home in who God made us to be. There are changes involved as we get closer to God but He is not asking us to become someone else or to conform to what others say we should be. It’s very possible the person God wants us to be is quite different from others and isn’t afraid of who they are.

2 Corinthians 3:17, 18

God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. When we humbly give our weakness to Him it transforms us into people with compassion for others. When we are aware of our shortcomings it frees us to see beyond the faults of those around us. It’s common for us to try to hide our weakness by amplifying the flaws of others, which only closes us off from God and the people He wants us to love. But people not afraid to share their weaknesses are a demonstration of His power.

God’s sovereignty is in many ways the affirmation of each of the characteristics we’ve been looking at. Sovereign means supreme or most high and declares that there is none greater. I’ve also heard God’s sovereignty described as “He can do whatever He wants.” Which is true, but the reason He can do what He wills is because of who He is, because of His goodness, love, mercy and all the other attributes we’ve looked at. Sovereign also refers to freedom. God is free to carry out His plan. One of the aspects of God’s plan is giving us liberty. We can choose to avoid Him and His plan, which actually leads to bondage or we can choose to walk with Him and experience His freedom.

Scripture says, “Stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” We don’t have to let the same old things keep us from the freedom God intends for us. Standing fast means putting the burden in His hands and leaving it there.