Breaking Free

randomlychad  —  August 28, 2012 — 10 Comments

'Hubbard Pryor From Slave to Soldier' photo (c) 2012, TradingCardsNPS - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Today there is something I want you to know, something I’m just learning at forty-three:

Be who you are, who God made you to be. Don’t be afraid to step into your “glory.” On its face, this may seem arrogant, selfish even, but nothing is further from the truth: your gifts are not for you, but for the world. It is anything but arrogant to walk in them. The world needs your heart–your whole heart.

Because liberty begets liberty.

If however you see yourself as a struggler, a struggler you will always be. Don’t miss that. John Eldredge says that our core convictions about who we are–in the deepest places of our hearts–were laid down with pain.

And it is only through pain that God can bring them to light, and heal those things.

If we agree that we are strugglers, that we will always struggle with that, guess what? We always will. Such bondage is of the evil one. Hear me well: I’m not saying Satan makes us sin, but just who is that has a vested interest in keeping us enslaved?

Not God.

The scriptures declare that “It was for freedom that Christ set us free, therefore do not be entangled again in a yoke of slavery.”

There is great freedom in being who we were meant to be, and in order to do that–to break free–we must begin with identity.

At your core, who do you see? Who are you?

I know what you’re thinking: “[My] heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9, ESV). But is this still true of you? Are just a sinner saved by grace? If that is your identity, that is who you will be. “I’m just a wicked-hearted sinner.”

Or are you more? Ezekiel 36:26 says, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” (ESV).

If God says that He’s performed a heart transplant, who are we to question Him?

Jesus says you are a son, or daughter, of His Father, the King, that we have received the spirit of “sonship.” Are you going to believe Him, the world, your flesh, or the Devil?

Live into who you are, for your strength is found in identify. Choose your identity wisely.

“Let people feel the weight of who you are, and let them deal with it.” –Brent Curtis
No more shrinking back from who you really are: a friend of God, a saint, a son, a daughter, an heir of God, a joint heir with Jesus, and a soul seated in the heavenlies with Christ. Or as another teacher put it, “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.”

The choice is yours: will you be breaking free, or choose to abide in slavery?

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock…” says Jesus to you. Will you open the door?

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  • That whole sinner saved by grace things drives me slightly crazy. It soundsto humble, but it’s really subtle, stinking thinking. If we are a new creàture, then be a new creàture. We’re saints. Be saints.

    • When we go down the path of “I’m just…” the enemy has a field day.

    • I’m with you Larry. Jesus was the friend of sinners. So much a friend He could bare to let them stay the way they were.

  • I really like this; nothing specific except it’s a wonderful encouragement today.

    • Thanks, Thomas! I was going to continue the story I started in yesterday’s post, but felt like this needed to come out first.

  • I am learning to embrace the me that I am -- it seems like it gets easier with age.

    • Wonderful, Sonja! Run with it.

  • Michelle Woodman

    I’m slowly grasping the same things myself, and I’m but a few years behind you. Better later than never, eh?

    • Never too late as long as we draw breath. Go with God!

    • So much a friend--yes, undoubtedly, yet, if they were but willing He did not send them out unchanged. His love is such that He will not leave us as we are (if we are willing).