Freedom After Bondage – By Denise Kennedy
Have you ever participated in ungodly things that has caused you to drift away from the course that God has set for you? Maybe you struggled with alcoholism, drugs, or kept an unhealthy relationship that you know you shouldn’t have been in. How many times have the enemy tried to remind you of those mistakes that you’ve made? How many times has the enemy tried to tell you that you are unworthy of the blessings that God has for you because of those choices that you made in life? Romans 8:1 tells us that “there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…”. This is great news, because it means that God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross to condemn fleshly sins, so that we can walk in the freedom that God has given to us. The enemy will try and keep you in bondage of those things that God has already forgiven you for. I personally struggled with shame for several years. I had graduated from college and had expectations for my future. However, I made a few poor choices in my life that caused me to drift far away from not only the expectations that I planned for myself, but also, the purpose that God created for my life. I dated a man who God did not intend for me to be with, endured years of emotional abuse, participated in fornication and had a child out of wedlock. Even though I had gotten myself (with God’s help) to the point where I was able to walk away from that unhealthy relationship, and my child had grown to be 3 years old, I walked around with complete shame. Most of my shame was because I kept telling myself that I knew better. Each time I tried to walk into my purpose, I heard the enemy say, “you’re unworthy.” I allowed the enemy to infiltrate my thoughts and make me believe that I was less-than who and what God says I am. I had lost myself and needed to find who I was all over again. The only way that I knew how to begin to find myself was to get back to my relationship with God and remain consistent. I went to Abba Father and gave myself permission to be patient with myself. This would definitely be a process. I carved out time just to spend time with God and I began releasing what the enemy and what the world told me I was, and began to digest who God says I am. Ephesians 2:10 says that I am God’s masterpiece. God’s word also reminds me that “whom He predestined, he also called; whom He called, he also justified…” (Romans 8:30). This told me that I no longer had to feel unworthy of being used by God, because God calls anyone whom He pleases to advance His kingdom. Once I let that sit in my spirit and accepted it, I was able to let go of who I was and what I did in the past, and focus on who God was calling me to be. My mistakes do not define who I am, but simply remind me of whose I am. When the enemy tries to keep you in bondage to what God has already forgiven you for, don’t be afraid to speak to the enemy and tell him who you are in Christ. Walk in your freedom and don’t be afraid to let your light shine. For who the son sets free, is free indeed – John 8:36.
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