It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
If you haven’t yet, there will come a day when you realize it.
You are not in control.
Not in control of your spouse, your kids or of other people’s choices. Not in control of the weather or of the future.
The saying goes that you can only control you, and even that seems unattainable sometimes.
As parents we may think we have some control. But think about it… Babies emerge from the womb in their own way and timing, despite the most thorough birth plans. They grow up and choose their own paths, no matter what you might have imagined for them.
Our circumstances also spiral out of control. Maybe you face bankruptcy, divorce, or the death of a loved one.
Your doctor utters the word cancer. You discover an affair. A pornography addiction. Alcoholism.
You uncover abuse. You are paralyzed with fear, anxiety, and depression.
It manifests differently for everyone, but the fact remains.
You are not in control…You’re drowning.
I know because I’ve been there. The grip of the effects of childhood sexual abuse dominated most of my life, in a myriad of ways. God gave me the grace and strength to face it head-on–to actively pursue healing. At some point in my journey, I crossed over from struggling to thriving.
There was a time when I didn’t believe that was possible.
God was not content to leave me in that lie. In fact, He wants even more for me than a thriving life. He wants me living a life of freedom and abundance.
Recently, I sat at my dining room table, eyes glued to my laptop as sweet words of freedom flowed from Christine Caine through my ear buds. Her message from IF: Gathering prompted a major shift in my spirit:
On one hand, she explained, we have our life circumstances. On the other hand, we have God’s promises conveyed to us in black and white throughout the Bible. The world and our circumstances will tell us that situations are impossible and that we are unworthy.
Through God’s Word, we know otherwise!
Jesus died to free us from everything that binds us. Everything. He delivers us and offers us a life of abundant freedom.
How do we access that?
Christine goes on to explain. We turn away from what we expect our circumstances to dictate and turn instead toward what God says. His power is unlimited! He sends His Spirit to dwell in us, and that changes everything. (<====Click to tweet.)
I had been meditating on similar words from Priscilla Shirer. I love the way she describes this in her book, God is Able. Priscilla envisions God imparting His power to us in proportion to how much we ask for, whether that be a thimbleful, a wheelbarrow-full, a ten-ton tanker-full, or more:
God wants us backing up our trucks to the ocean and renting some heavy hauling equipment. Better yet, He just wants us to come down here to live–where we cannonball ourselves into the deep end, empty ourselves of every doubt and inhibition, and live completely immersed in the power He’s made available to us. The more the Spirit’s power is activated in your life, the more your capacity to experience God increases. He is faithful to fill that which you bring ready to receive.
Getting free by opening ourselves up to the power of God through the Holy Spirit enables us to pull others to freedom and to glorify God. (<====Click to tweet.)
Here at God-sized Dreams, we are partial to the song Oceans, by Hillsong United. It encapsulates the ideas of facing big struggles, turning to Jesus, and the freedom of resting in His embrace. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout this month of May, we’re going to explore these issues as presented through the lyrics of the song.
If you haven’t experienced Oceans yet, give yourself the gift of 9 minutes of worship by clicking below to immerse yourself in the deep. (If you’re reading this in your email, click here.)
We’d love for you to jump in with us.
Ready to cannonball?
What is making you feel like you’re drowning?
Do you believe Jesus can and will bring you into abundant freedom?
What would that freedom look like for you?
Shared by Mandy Mianecki
All posts in the series can be found on the Oceans page.