What are your plans for Easter? Are you just going through the motions with it? Maybe the Easter story has become just that for you…a story…and nothing more. Perhaps you have been remembering His death but forgotten about His resurrection…and what that means for us followers of Christ. Maybe your life has been so riddled with much pain, grief and loss…and the thought of LIFE seems surreal and unattainable. Impossible for you. Can I remind you of some Truth today? May I encourage your heart and help you to stop believing the lie? Can I share with you the Message of Easter?
Jesus died and rose again so that we could be with Him forever in heaven so that we could be reconciled with God.
That in itself is incredibly amazing. If salvation was our only benefit, that would be more than enough.
But that’s not everything.
His sacrifice made us free here on earth.
And we have a Choice.
We can choose to live in freedom because of what He has done.
BUT…freedom is a choice.
You see, we must be purposeful in choosing freedom. Freedom is something we must seek out from our Saviour.
It’s a choice because many times the decision involves us giving up something. Freedom costs us.
The Great Cost
Maybe the cost is a relationship that is unhealthy and ungodly.
It may mean actually repenting AND turning away from a sinful behaviour that we have been trying to excuse and justify for a long time.
Perhaps we have to give up the desire to defend ourselves when false accusations rise up against us.
Sometimes it is letting go of what was supposed to be, but never will be. Those moments when your heart turns over whenever you witness in someone else’s life what will never be in yours. You mourn for what never was…
What is He calling you to give up in order for you to reclaim your freedom?
A Divine Appointment
I spoke at a ladies retreat in February of 2015. That weekend was a divine appointment of redemption and restoration. Afterward, I realized that God brought me to the very place where my brokenness began – the very same little town where my enemy started his assault on my young life. He brought me there for me to tell my story – His story of my life. This is not a coincidence.
While it wasn’t the first time I have shared my story, it was my first retreat! Of all of the towns in BC, this one was chosen for me.
During one session where I spoke on the lies of shame we believe, I mentioned several lies that I had believed…as well as two lies I still believe.
In that session, I mentioned that I believed God would be faithful in healing those two lies in my life.
I still believe that I am the forgotten one. I am not seen and I am invisible. And, I do not matter enough to be noticed. This is a lie that was whispered me as a child. And one that stayed with me for over 30 years.
I still believe that I have nothing good to say, that my thoughts and feelings don’t matter. Why would anyone listen to me anyway? This is a lie that was pronounced over my life the same time as the one above.
These lies are rooted in the exact same place. They are companions. And they have been echoed throughout my mind and my heart for a very long time.
But not anymore.
I cannot stay here – I won’t.
I will run to Him with a Holy desperation for healing.
For freedom from those lies.
I am wondering now if my current heartache is actually part of the process of letting go of some things that contributed to those lies. Yes, it hurts. But it is necessary for freedom.
Maybe He is on the move.
Maybe He is ready to heal those areas of my life.
Or maybe I am ready.
An Easter Message
This is the message of Easter.
He came so we could be FREE and ALIVE!
Christ has made us FREE
He died on the cross for our freedom. He rose again so we can live. Do you need to start believing this again?
If I want freedom and victory, then I have to begin walking in it regardless of how I feel. My freedom is not based upon my feelings, it is fully founded upon the work Christ did on the cross and in His resurrection.
Dear daughters of the Most High King,
Are you ready to rise up out of the ashes?
Is your heart ready for your new song to sing?
Are you ready to live vivaciously?
Whatever the cost?
Are you ready to believe the Easter message of freedom?
This is your resurrection Sunday!
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My daughter wanted me to share this song with you. She longs for her sisters in Christ to join her in the fight for freedom.
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