Freedom from Self

There is a freedom in not having it all figured out; in searching. There’s a freedom in not trying to belong. But finding all you need in Jesus Christ. Relying upon His strength in the midst of whatever life throws at you. Knowing that you are complete in Him.

Sometimes I will admit that my relationship with God can seem like an uphill battle; against my heart. In a wider sense, I think we as believers can be fooled into thinking because sometimes we’re responsive to the Holy Spirit promptings that we have it all together. The Bible states in Psalms 139, Though the Lord is high yet He has respect to the lowly. But the proud and haughty God knows only from a distance. That means that He still is around the proud but not nearly as close to them as when their hearts are soft and in their heart of hearts they truly know their need for God. To lay it out, I’ve been battling a proud heart and trying to break it up myself. I can’t do that myself. It’s a Spiritual battle that can only be won by Gods strength. I have to humble myself, repent and ask God to change my heart. Make me responsive to His Spirit. Help me to come back to my first love. Thankfully, He is restoring my heart to a right place.

Our strength ought to rest in the fact that in Jesus is everything we will ever need from this life to the next. Healing, either in the physical, mental or emotional capacity is available if only we take the Word as a medicine everyday and believe that it is enough. The Bible is the perfect Word of God. No imperfections in it. No half truths. No lies. Nothing false. Nothing that is not applicable in some sense or another today. That’s because it is the Spirit of God. And God has not changed. Plain and simple.. There is no truth apart from God’s Spirit that can change anyone or any thing.

God is three in one; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I remember when I really realized that the Word of God is Jesus. It was mind blowing. Jesus is the Bread of Life. I was teaching a women’s Bible study that I was writing myself. Listening to the Spirit of God give me lessons every week. When I tried to teach this truth to those ladies I’m not really sure that they truly understood it and it could’ve been because I didn’t truly understand enough to allow the Spirit to flow through me and teach them. As a matter of fact, I need reminding myself of this truth daily. Because it seems that once you get a hold of that truth in your heart and understand that, “where the Spirit of Lord is there is freedom,” you will never be the same. And yet everyday we still need reminding.

It means that when I read the Word of God it’s a declaration of Life to me, and because it’s Spirit, it’s everything I’ll ever need. The Kingdom of Heaven is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). John 1:1 says, In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, the Word was God… Jesus said, I am the Bread of Life (John 6:35). I need to eat of this bread daily to be satisfied. My heart needs to be soft in order to digest what I read. Put simply, eat the bread, internalize the truth and see it produce Life in my life by the Spirit; in my body, in my heart that I cannot take credit for. And then God gets the glory for the great things He has done in me, period.

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