Read His Words Before Ours!
Years ago I did a Bible study called ‘Breaking Free’ by Beth Moore. I remember so vividly as I turned the pages of the workbook feeling like chains were falling off of me. I soaked in the truth of who I was, and the labels that no longer defined me at the time. It’s been a few years since I did that study, and as I sat down to write today I was reminded of it and something inside of me began to stir again.
If I were to start that study where I am today, what chains would fall?
In today’s day and age, it is so easy to get wrapped up in what society says is acceptable.
You want to go out with your friends and party all night, do it.
You want to watch movies that pollute your mind, why not.
You want to be just like the models in the magazines, then go ahead and do it by any means necessary.
Or, it could be when I walk into my building at work and see the faces smiling back at me, secretly masking so much hurt and guilt and shame,
yet don’t know they can live differently.
But I’m here to tell you something.
They can. You can.
It doesn’t matter if we spend hours perfecting that social media post with the right filter and posting it just at the right time (can I get a witness) because the Word clearly states:
“…The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b
That should be freeing!
As a Perfect Father, God wants to take care of His children, and one of the ways He’s done that is through an inheritance He left for us.
The inheritance of Christ’s righteousness isn’t something we earn, yet it is something we are given freely, with no limitations.
Amidst all my striving for “perfect”, I’m reminded to shift my focus as not to miss out on anything He’s given me.
You see, I carried around the feeling of guilt and shame the majority of my childhood. I had been abused, yet through a series of events, chose not to say anything to anyone until I was 17 years old.
Carrying around those feelings for all those years created chains,
and the longer I walked with them,
the harder they were to break.
The moment I walked down the stairs to tell my mom of my abuse, I felt as if the Goliath that had been pushing against my chest suddenly released his grip and I could take a breath. I was owning my inheritance, choosing to walk in freedom!
It was as if I had my own Damascus road moment in my kitchen that day.
My eyes, which were once blind to that fact that Jesus could love me, a broken and abused girl, were turned to knowing that Jesus was surrounding me and protecting me through the whole situation.
It was a pivotal moment in my life because when I spoke it out loud, chains began to break. We take power away from the enemy when we put give voice to strongholds and trials in our life. We are claiming the inheritance that is ours in Christ Jesus!
Fast forward as we enter into the season of life I am in right now and I’ll bring you back to the question I asked earlier.
What chains need to fall today?
I’m a do it yourself kind of girl. Always have been. Call it a control thing, something I’m working on. But, what comes along with the do it yourself kind of girl, is what happens when you can’t do it yourself.
It’s not easy for me to admit when I need help or am struggling with something.
I’m the first one to help when someone needs it, but the last to ask if I do.
It’s a pride thing and not something I’m proud of.
I know my community is there for me, yet somehow the enemy likes to mess with my mind, telling me I’m not worth the help. But let me tell you some truth:
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
It’s what we do for one another as believers. As we walk in the freedom of not being bound by guilt and shame and sin or perfectionism, we can wholly grab onto the imputed righteousness that Christ has given us, when we believe in Him.
Christ longs for us to grasp the gifts He’s given to us.
My hope is that through this Journey into Inheritance,
you, His Beloved, will grab hold of all that is yours!
So here’s my question for you today.
What chains need to fall in order for you to walk,
freed, in His righteousness, your inheritance?
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!