I don’t know if there really is one single most important thing that is needed in order to live in the freedom Christ shed His blood for, except for accepting Him as Lord of your life. I think all of the points I have covered from the beginning of this Live In Freedom series has been vital for our life of freedom (read from the beginning here). However, if you are able to work on just one thing right now, I think it might be this one essential thing for living in freedom.
Know Your Identity
How often do we look to others for our identity? Our spouses? Our friends? Even celebrities! What’s more, we look to material things – homes, cars, clothing to determine who we are. Whether it is a fancy home or a one-bedroom apartment with peeling wallpaper…a new Ferrari or an old jalopy…either way, we allow those things to define us.
Or how about the mistake we made last week? Or several years ago? That failed relationship. How often do we use these past failures as things that define us?
“I’m just a big screw-up!”
“I can’t ever do things right.”
“I’ll just mess things up again.”
Do any of those sound familiar? Do you realize that they are LIES? Lies whispered into your heart so that you would be hindered in fulfilling God’s plan for your life? They are murmured into your ear by the father of lies…the guy who doesn’t have the capacity to tell one single bit of truth.
Let’s look at God’s word for some clarification of our identity.
We Are His!
He gave us the right to become children of God – We ARE His children. It is a right that none can take away from us.
He knew us before we were born and He had a plan for us long before we took our first breath. We are sanctified and made holy by God. That is who we are.
You are God’s masterpiece, His handiwork. I love to quilt and sew. It takes a lot of time and effort to create a project. But when I am done, I am so proud of the completed creation. There is a sense of joy and satisfaction from seeing what I worked so hard on see completed. I believe this is just a tiny glimpse of how God feels when He looks upon His workmanship…us.
The Hope of glory resides in us as followers of Christ. We have His Spirit living inside of us. This is part of our identity. When we have Christ in us, how can we be anyone but who He says we are?
Fearfully & Wonderfully Made!
You are fearfully and wonderfully made – and your soul KNOWS it! Begin praying this! That you know this truth deep within your soul.
We are the elect of God – therefore we need to start behaving like we are His elect – we need to choose freedom!
We Are a New Creation!
In Christ, we are a NEW CREATION! He has made everything new. EVERYTHING!
You are chosen, a royal priesthood – you are His own special person.
You are a royal daughter, dressed in royal robes of many colours woven with gold. He welcomes you into His throne room.
The Savior longs to be with you because you are His. He adores you, cherishes you…and longs to lavish His unfailing love upon you.
Just because you are His.
Know It and Believe It!
In order for you to KNOW your identity you need to be in His word regularly, knowing His truth. This is how His truth will sink deep down into your heart and root itself there. If you need encouragement in this area, pray about it. I always ask God to touch my life in a marvelous way so that I will desire to spend time with Him. This is one prayer He will most surely answer!
I also love journaling in my Bible. It has extra wide margins, giving me room to draw and colour. I see that some gorgeous Bibles will be coming out that have drawings already inside that one can colour. There are also a variety of scripture colouring books. Try these ideas out…it is such good therapy for the soul.
Freedom Is A Choice
The enemy wants to steal our identity. This is what he does. When my oldest was 6 years old, she started behaving in very odd ways. She was always a very loving and affectionate girl. All of a sudden she was saying horrible things like, “I don’t like you”. Or she’d say she didn’t like her little brother. She would look at me and say these things with coldness and hate in her eyes. This was NOT normal behaviour for her. I could’ve punished her and directed my attention only towards her behaviour, but thankfully, I was sensitive to the Holy Spirit and I just knew something else was going on.
I asked the Lord about it throughout the day and then it came to me. I realized that her behaviour was just herself trying to protect her heart from further pain. We had lost a few family relationships a few months beforehand. And then some things happened with friend that left her devastated. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that Sarah was in such pain from everything that had happened in our family that the only way she knew to cope was by being unkind and hurtful to others. She was just protecting her heart from further damage.
I asked her if any of that could possible be true and she said she thought it was. We talked about how God made her a loving girl who finds joy in showering love upon others. It is a special gift. BUT, through these painful events, her enemy has stolen this from her. I told her that she had a choice to make. She could choose to allow her enemy to continue stealing from her, taking what did not belong to him. Or she could choose to invite Jesus to heal her heart and reclaim the territory Satan stole. If she chose the help of Jesus, I promised to help her work through the pain. I prayed with her and left her to consider her big choice.
I prayed that entire night. I was afraid that she would not choose healing. If she did, I wasn’t sure what I’d do. The following morning, I went to her and asked her what her decision would be. She said she wanted Jesus to heal her. Boy, was I relieved! We worked through the pain and we prayed together a lot. I gave her scripture verses to claim over her life. I taught her tools that she needed to have so she could choose freedom in the future. And the time did come when she needed to use them again…and she chose freedom.
Our enemy is here to kill and destroy. We have to choose freedom…it is our choice. Are you ready to choose freedom by believing who God says you are?
I have made up a special love letter for you from God’s word. Feel free to download it. If you want to share it with a friend, please feel free to send the link to this post!
An 8×10 printable that is a love letter from God’s Word – Psalm 91. Created for the post “1 Essential Thing For Living In Freedom”
My next few posts in my Living In Freedom series will be on what to do with our pain and not giving Satan a foothold. After those 2 posts, I will be getting into the Armour of God – one of my favourite Bible topics!! Stay tuned or subscribe to my blog or newsletter so you don’t miss these posts.
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