Monday, July 6, 2020

 
 
 
 
Don't you love to get into God's Word and experience the revelation of what He is saying for your life and what He is doing among us in the world today! Through this blog, we will explore the heart of God and the flow of His Spirit. At times we will discuss those spiritual issues that many of us want to know more about. Get ready to go deeper into the Word of God.

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How To Be Truly Free!
 

by Jeanne Alcott

 

        Are you free?  Do you really feel that you're free to express what you are and who you are, what you think and feel?  Are you free in your relationship with God and how you relate to others?  You can live free from financial need, burdens, failures, and memories.

        You don't have to earn the right to be free and there is nothing that has so much power over you that you cannot be liberated from it.  Habits, beliefs, wrong emotions and thoughts can try to take from you the kind of happy free existence God has for you.

        It's almost as though these freedom robbers have gotten a hold of one arm on one side and the other arm on the other side and they're pulling you back.  But as the Word of God goes forth and the truth sets you free, they have to fall back and allow you to go forward.

        The Lord wants you to live free.  That's what He has for every area of your life.  But there is something important that we have to make sure we’re not doing so that we can have this freedom.  We must take an honest look at ourselves and see if we are hanging onto something too long!

        How many times do we hang onto something too long?  We think we need to hang onto it because it benefits us, when in fact it holds us back from receiving a benefit.  There comes a time when we simply have to let go.  You can't be free until you release your hold on that thing that shouldn't be a part of your life any longer.  Some things have to be sacrificed if we're going to enter into the next level of what God has for us, the next experience, or responsibility.

 

Give Up So You Can Go On.

        We have to give them up in order to go on to what God wants us to do or what He wants us to have.  It's like this, have you ever seen someone who had a particular responsibility in their work.  Yet, it was decided that part of those responsibilities would be assigned to another position, another coworker.  And oh my goodness.  You would think that you were cutting off their right arm.  They cannot let go of it, even though their time for handling that responsibility is over and if they keep it beyond when God wants them to have it, it's going to be detrimental to their ability to perform well in their position and it won't be good for the organization and those around them.  But that doesn’t matter; it was their responsibility and they're not going to release it.

        Granted, there are times when something is being taken from us that should not be taken.  But God will let us know when it's time to stop hanging onto something.  That’s when we have to be secure enough in ourselves that we can set it free, then that's what will set us free.  It's detrimental for us to hang on to anything just because of pride or insecurity or for some other reason.

        This goes for all kinds things in our life.  Relationships.  Finances that we hang on to when God has called us to give them to someone or something.  It can be our calling in life.  God is ready to take us on to something else, yet we continue to hang on to what is more comfortable or feel it's more rewarding.

        A good example of this is in the life of Grant Desme.  He was successful in playing baseball in college and then was doing great in the minor leagues.  In fact he was named MVP.  He had a baseball contract and was well on his way to play for the Oakland A's professional team.  He was headed for a highly successful career.

        But he decided to leave behind that big contract to play baseball professionally.  Why?  He felt God called him to serve at St. Michael's Abbey in California.  He didn't have peace where he was, and he knew it was time to let go so he could go on.  He said, "When I let go of [baseball] as my idol, I was enabled to enjoy it for what it’s worth.  I’ve played on some great baseball teams, but the team here at St. Michael’s is by far the best one I’ve been a part of.  Instead of fighting an athletic battle, we’re fighting a spiritual one.”  He had to let go so he could go on.

        We encounter moments such as that throughout our life.  Some bigger than others.  We can hang onto something too long.  We can let go so that we can go on to what God has for us.

 

He Won’t Let You Go.

        Hebrews 13:5 tells us to be free from craving things of this world.  That’s true not only for material possessions but responsibilities or relationships or where we live.  Maybe it's the school that our kids attend, something at our job, or something as simple as hanging onto the way we do a certain thing and we need to change it.  Every day, we need to assess if we're living free.

        That scripture goes on to say that we can feel safe letting go of those things for [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.  [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)!  [Assuredly not!]  He said He won't let you go.

        So here's the promise…when you are willing to let go of something at the right time, God won't let go of you.  You have His total support.  He won't fail you or leave you without spiritual, physical, material, and emotional support.  You'll have everything that you need to be satisfied.  So, you don't need to hang onto that thing.  Let it go when it's time.  You can’t be satisfied in life until you do.  Sometimes it takes a sacrifice but through that sacrifice, you can be content and live free.

        I know it's tough to make a sacrifice.  We feel as if we're losing something that would make us happy.  But in the end, we could lose something much more serious.  If you hang on too long to what you think will make you happy, you actually lose the very thing that would give you the freedom to be happy.

        I'll show you a good picture of this.  In 1781, the British troops were marching into Yorktown.  General Cornwallis was rendezvousing with the British Navy on Chesapeake Bay.  But the American French troops anticipated his plan.  So first the American troops began to send cannon fire against them.  Then the French cut off escape by sea.  Thomas Nelson who was fighting with the American patriots was also Governor of Virginia and had signed the Declaration of Independence.  Being free was a commitment to him!  So as the cannons were firing in Yorktown, Virginia, Nelson saw that his house was in the area.  He knew that since it was the best house in town, the British headquarters were set up inside there.  So he told the American soldiers to fire on his house.  He was willing to sacrifice it to be free.  They did as he directed them and they found out later that the first cannonball sailed right through the large dining room window and landed on the table where several British officers were eating.

        Now what if he had decided to hang onto that home?  Who knows if freedom would have been gained in that area?  But he was willing to sacrifice and let go of it so he could have something better.  He and others could live free.

        Painful as it may seem, there will be times when God calls you to let go of something.  But you can remember during those painful times that He is only doing it because there is something better.  And if you hang onto that thing too long, then you become bound by it.  You won't be able to live freely in what God has for you.  You can actually stop what He has from coming to you.

 

Open Your Hand So God Can Put Something in It.

        If your hand is held so tightly around something then He cannot put something new in it.  If your life is so wrapped around an old thing, then you're not open to God doing a new thing.

        Isaiah put it so well when he wrote, Happy and fortunate are you who cast your seed upon all waters; you will find it after many days and reap an abundant harvest], you who safely send forth the ox and the donkey [to range freely] (Isaiah 32:20).

        You can be happy and blessed when you're willing to let go of those things as a seed for God to be able to grow and do something in your life with it.  Don't hold on to your ox and donkey.  Meaning what you think is your source.  Let them range freely.  Let them go.

        You can live free of financial need because God can now do something greater for you.  You can have happier relationships because you let go of that friend who isn't meant to be in your life any longer.  Perhaps it's a group to which you belong, or everyday simple things.  When you know it's time to let go of something, you'll be amazed at how much you can see open up for you when you do that.

        It frees you up to receive, and it frees God up to send those new things that will satisfy in a greater way.  Yes, you can be free from hanging onto something too long and experience so much more.


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Be of Stout Heart!
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Jeanne Alcott
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You have to have courage to fulfill your responsibilities and to see the wonderful things in your heart come to pass.  If you’re going to stand strong in the face of adversity or conquer those new things in front of you, yes, you need courage.  So you have to have a stout heart.  And the good news is you do!  So find out how to use the stout heart God has given you to see your life move forward and overcome what’s trying to overcome you.  You can go into new territories and conquer new things.
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