We were Celebrating our freedom this last month here in the USA. Today we are celebrating our freedom in CHRIST!!!
(Isaiah 61:1 NIV)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
There are so many walking around as prisoners and in the dark because they have allowed past hurts , failures or fears to keep them in a prison that He opened the door to a long time ago. We keep ourselves surrounded in a dark environment when are minds are in this prison. We allow others thoughts and words to deceive us into thinking that the door to that prison is barred shut.
(John 8:36 ASV)
If therefore the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
When we accept Christ into our hearts are Spirit man is free from that day forward. Where we stay captive is in our minds. Did you know that an elephant when they are small if they keep their leg chained, that as they grow older they are so use to it that you could tie one of your ropes onto his leg and even a full grown elephant who could snap it in a second still believes he is captive and will stay with in the boundaries of that tiny rope.
This is what happens to us. Because we are so use to the anger, hurts, bitterness, fears, and negative feelings that keep us in boundaries of our own prison we forget He set us free.
(Romans 12:2 NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
We do this by replacing those thoughts with what God says about us in His word. You meditate on it, speak it over yourself. Write it on sticky notes and stick them on your fridge, bathroom mirror even in your car if you have to. Then you surround yourself with people who speak life into you. I've been listening to Kim Pothier Jones teach and she says if people are being negative and speaking death in your life you move them from your VIP section and Into the balcony and let them watch you from afar. It doesn't mean you quit loving people but out relationships work one of two ways or not at all.. Either your bringing them up and into freedom in Christ or they are you. If it's keeping you bound or taking you back wards then it is time to Let it go. Sometimes those relationships maybe our family and we have to be around them. But ask God to show you how to release them in your mind so you can move past what they think and say about you.
When we surround ourselves with Christ centered people the Spirit of The Lord is there.
(2 Corinthians 3:17 ASV) says
Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
You will be free to be the you God created when you are around those who celebrate you and don't just tolerate you.
SMOKE ALARM example when it's something that is causing us pain and pulling you down then we need to move quickly to disconnect
If you have had past hurts and failures that keep you bound up today I am believing for you to leave those behind you and run your race free of any ropes that try to act as a chain in your life.
Philippians 3:13-14 says
13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Forgetting what is behind is the key... It's not always easy but you keep jerking that rope till it snaps. God in you is way bigger than that tiny rope.
So today I speak freedom over you. Free from anything that holds you captive. Freedom to be you. And I make a declaration of freedom in your relationships.
Imagine those fireworks going off right now celebrating your victory!!
CG n Up in Christ