Freedom – Going Somewhere

Freedom is not the destination but ability to make the journey. If
Satan had his way we would be bound all our lives unable to venture
out anywhere.

 

But when we gave our lives to Christ he gave us a
passport that enabled us to go anywhere we wanted. He doesn’t keep us
locked up for fear that we make mistakes. He opens the door and pushes
us out. Sure we’ll mess up and get hurt. But we also have the freedom
to come running back to him for healing.

Freedom is about the lessons we learn on the journey. Freedom is
progressive. It doesn’t happen in an instant. I wish it did. We grow
in it. Just as we grow in love and faith we grow in freedom.

It’s not about arriving somewhere. It’s about going somewhere.

By going there I’m free.

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Armistice

Armistice 11/11

Redemption is a line of demarcation.

There’s guilt and forgiveness
There’s bondage and freedom
There’s rejection and acceptance
There’s lies and truth
There’s fear and peace
There’s dark and light
There’s night and day
There’s shame and beauty
There’s death and life
There’s sin and redemption

There’s before and after

There’s a line that you step over. It’s instant. There’s no grey area.
There’s no ‘no mans land’ where you fight the enemy and sometimes he wins and sometimes you win – but it’s all such a struggle.

No.

There’s war and peace.

So lay down your arms. No more need to fight.

God has declared, “It is finished.”

Armistice.

Freedom – Going Somewhere

Freedom is not the destination but ability to make the journey. If
Satan had his way we would be bound all our lives unable to venture
out anywhere.

But when we gave our lives to Christ he gave us a
passport that enabled us to go anywhere we wanted. He doesn’t keep us
locked up for fear that we make mistakes. He opens the door and pushes
us out. Sure we’ll mess up and get hurt. But we also have the freedom
to come running back to him for healing.

Freedom is about the lessons we learn on the journey. Freedom is
progressive. It doesn’t happen in an instant. I wish it did. We grow
in it. Just as we grow in love and faith we grow in freedom.

It’s not about arriving somewhere. It’s about going somewhere.

By going there I’m free.

This time last year…

At exactly this time last year I was in Rio de Janeiro sitting under the shadow of Christ the redeemer. What a God moment! A moment of clarity that brought everything in my life into focus. Before and since. Knowing I was loved and protected by my Redeemer. Seeing his wide open arms toward me. God had to take me across the world to show me in 3d because, yes, I am that stupid. Maybe not stupid but I was so blinded by lies of unworthiness and self-rejection that it had to take something big to break those feelings – and you don’t get much bigger than the statue of Christ the Redeemer!!

We don’t often get defining moments but that was definitely one. It helped me understand my past and it gave me focus for my future. That sense of love and protection has never left me. So although tonight I’m not actually in Brazil sitting under the shadow of Christ the Redeemer, I am in Ballymena, Northern Ireland sitting under the shadow of Christ the Redeemer.

No more hiding

There are many nameless women of the bible: ‘Lot’s wife’, ‘the woman at the well’, ‘the infirm woman,’ ‘the persistant widow.’ These are just some. God did not tell us their name but He did tell us their story, and I love their stories. Stories of grace and mercy and hope and sometimes tragedy. I know I will write a lot about these women because everyone deserves their story to be heard.

One woman I want to write briefly about today is the ‘woman with the issue of blood.’ I love this story and relate to it on so many levels but there’s just one part of the story that I can’t seem to get away from. It comes at the very end, after she receives her miracle. Jesus turns around and asks who touched him, and the bible says: “Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden…” (Luke 8:47). This nameless woman then had to turn round and confess what had happened to her. She made a demand on Jesus, now he was making a demand on her to come out from the shadows and make herself known. Sometimes shadows, although they are dark, they somehow make us feel safe. You have to understand, this woman had hidden for years. She had to. But now she had been made free it was time to stand up and let everyone know who she was and how she was. There is responsibility that comes with freedom. God doesn’t heal you in order to hide you.

freedom or security?

“Oh, they’re very insecure.”

We often hear people say this as if it’s a bad thing. But then the opposite of insecure is secure, but is that a good thing? People in prison are secure but they are not free. They may be very safe in their cell but they’re not free. Jesus did not die to make us secure but to make us free: “It’s is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Gal 5:1).

We can find security in so many things: In people; in what we do; in who we are. I think I’ve spent a lot of my life trying to be secure in myself but therein lies the problem. I know me so how can I make myself safe? I’m onto a loser there. I know how pathetic I am and how I never measure up. Why would that make me secure?

Only in Christ can we find security. But God operates an upside down kingdom so instead of security he gives us freedom. Free to fly, free to soar, free to be. True freedom means no bricks, bars or locks. Yet we are completely safe in this freedom as He watches over us and doesn’t let one bird fall to the ground.