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Shame & Fear Turned Into Freedom

Shame & Fear have no hold on me when I walk in the freedom Jesus died to give me-SpeakLife.ABlog

Your past mistakes do not define you.

I repeat, your past does not define you.

You know where your identity is found?

In Jesus Christ.

The enemy loves to attack our identity to put us in a spot of shame and paralyze us in fear. When you are fully pursuing God’s will of course he is going to attack you. You are changing the world and building the kingdom of heaven. You are entering what used to be his territory and saving lives and making an eternal impact.

We all make mistakes and we all have sinned. Some of us may even sinned this morning. But you know what holds true and steadfast through that? God & his promises.

His love never wavers.

You are forgiven.

You are his beloved child.

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His promises will always remain the same.

The enemy doesn’t want you to get free, he wants to tie you down in condemnation and shame… He wants you to hold onto the sin you committed and stay there. He definetly does not want you to confess, repent, and walk in freedom. When we know we are forgiven we can continue to pursue our God given purpose.

Is there something that you are holding onto today? Something that Jesus is waiting for you to lay at his feet so you can finally walk in freedom?

There are times when we need to ask God to help us leave the past where it belongs, IN THE PAST. If you are struggling with something specific, remember where God has brought you from to where you are now. He is faithful, his love is relentless, and there is nothing he can’t do.

You are forgiven.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”-1 John 1:9 (NIV)

Let go of your past, it doesn’t define you.

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”-Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

Your identity is found in Jesus.

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-“-John 1:12 (NIV)

The old you has passed away. You are a new creation.

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”-2 Corinthians 5:14-21 (NIV)

 

 

 

 

 

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God, I Put You First (Even Though There Is 15 Years of Laundry To Do & My Puppy Just Pooped On The Floor)

There is something that has been laying on my heart rather heavy lately and that is: Our Priorities.

We live in a world that will do anything it can to distract you from your relationship with God and him being rightfully placed at the throne of your heart. Anything we put before him is what we call an idol. As we read throughout scripture, worshiping idols are REALLY bad. We see this in both the Old Testament all the way to Revelation. But often I think because we aren’t worshiping a golden calf that we think we don’t have an idolatry problem.

We are all worshiping something…What are you worshiping?

It is ultimately up to you whether God has the throne of your heart. You can easily put things or people above God. Your spouse, children, addiction to sex, drugs, alcohol, social media, and even food can be a problem. We all have been there or are dealing with this right now. What I have come to find is that when we put our crazy schedule above church on Sunday morning or quiet time with God, we look to fill that void in other things or people, creating even more of an idolatry problem.

Not only that, but when our relationship with God isn’t our number one priority, all the priorities below are completely out of order too!

When I put my relationship with God in its rightful place, above my husband, our marriage flourishes. When I MAKE TIME to spend time with God, my mind is renewed. When I MAKE TIME to renew my mind my heart is lined up with God’s and I reflect the character of Christ. When I trust God with our finances, he provides. When I actively look for fellowship with other women, I am encouraged and filled. This all has to do with us putting forth the effort…

Our relationship with God takes time and dedication. It takes us putting down what we want and our selfish nature and listening to Holy Spirit and what God wants. I have never regretted a time I have been obedient to God. It is actively being aware of the world and it’s distractions. The Spiritual War we are in is the real deal ya’ll! Walking with God takes a lot of opening your heart and seeing that there is some work to be done and allowing God to change you from the inside out. Starting with your heart and mind.

I am not perfect. I will continue to grow until Jesus comes back or I go to my eternal home. I have to ask Holy Spirit to search my thoughts and my heart. I don’t want anything or anyone to be #1 in my life or in my heart besides him. Not even my husband.

This is a time to reflect…

Are you truly putting God first in everything you do or has the world distracted you?

I can say I have been distracted before. I have been that girl to go to food when I am stressed and have a bad day instead of going to God. I was that girl that called someone for advice before casting my cares to God through prayer. You are not alone. I can also say that God has forgiven me and through his word and fellowship with other believers I have the tools to overcome.

If you have something or someone before God, now is the time to ask God for his forgiveness and ask him for the help and Holy Spirit for his guidance. You don’t want anything on the Throne of Your Heart besides God. That just causes a whole lot of unnecessary problems. God being at the Throne of Our Heart is where he belongs. We were made to worship him.

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Blog Post Based out of 1 Corinthians 10: 1 Corinthians 10 NLT (Bible Gateway)

If you like books and what to read more Kyle Idleman’s God’s At War is also an amazing book: God’s At War-Kyle Idleman (Amazon)