What a great month it has been! Since it is quickly coming to a close, I wanted to pop in and share why I’m thankful for November and what I’m learning.
I’m doing Priscilla Shirer’s study, Breathe, right now with a fun group of women from my church. It is SO good! The study is, in a nutshell, about taking a break from the things that are overwhelming our lives. Last week I brought an object lesson to the ladies that I thought was worth sharing here on the blog.
The question on the table: Are you living free? If you have placed your faith in Christ, make no mistake, you ARE free – but are you living in freedom, or are you living in bondage to an area of sin?
I brought this box to our Bible study gathering and told the ladies I had a gift for one of them. I handed it to one of the gals and she opened it. Inside, I had placed a few $20 bills. I watched her squirm in her seat, uncomfortable with the gift and confused as to why I would give it to her. I could tell she wanted to hand it back. In fact, she subconsciously held it away from her body. It was pretty funny to watch!
You see, Jesus died for our freedom. We were given a free gift in our salvation, but do you realize that salvation means that you are free to live free from bondage? It’s more than just being saved from your sins – it means being saved from bondage to sin. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” -Galatians 5:1 When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are accepting that He has forgiven our sins and has made us free. The shackles have been broken. It was interesting to me that in our video session for Breathe, Priscilla talked about freedom as a done deal. “You were a slave, but now you are free! The old has gone. The new has come.” It’s true. We are free, but I’ll wager a bet that if you are reading this post, you are probably living in bondage to something. Almost all of us are.
I’ve spent November learning a lot about the negative dialogue I live with in my head (that I’ve grown so accustomed to that I barely even recognize the lies as lies!) and practicing breaking the bondage of how I talk to myself. It has been so liberating! It’s a journey that I will have to live out and practice diligently if I want to live out my freedom, but I am coming to believe with all of me that I am free to affirm myself and say goodbye to my old way of speaking to myself. I have so much more to share on this topic and I am thankful for this outlet to spread the message that is coming to mean so much to me…
It is for freedom that He has set us free.
What an amazing gift! I hope this Thanksgiving has you slowing down to truly reflect on your blessings. And, if by chance you are feeling a little down, friend… look up. The best is yet to come!