Lean In.

6/25
((from Eve))

If I sit quietly for long enough, I can think of lots of things I want to be free from. Or free to.

Free from anxiety.
Free from fear.
Free to rest.
Free to trust.

But just as quickly as I can add to my list, I’m reminded of what I know God’s Word says:

 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32

…and I realize that in Christ, I am already free to do all of these things.

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2

So maybe the question I really need to ask myself is, “Why am I not walking in freedom?” What is it that hinders the freedom Jesus has already purchased for me? Why is it that we wrestle with experiencing freedom in various areas of life?

 Paul tackles issues of freedom in Galatians 5. He reminds the Galatians, who are navigating the role of circumcision in their salvation that they have been “called to freedom” (Gal. 5:13). They’ve been set free from the law and given the Spirit. And when they walk in the Spirit? That’s when they experience freedom.

 Am I any different?

 If I am doing life in the power of the Holy Spirit, am I not free?

 Free from anxiety.
Free from fear.
Free to rest.
Free to trust.

So where’s my disconnect? God has not only called me to freedom (which is a gift in and of itself!), He’s also provided the means I need to experience the freedom He’s designed for me—the Holy Spirit. (Side note: I feel like I have come up against this reality again and again in the last month or so: He equips me for everything He’s designed for me. Let that just sink in for a minute. Everything. “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things,” (Romans 11:36) never rang so true!)

When I reflect on these truths my heart is encouraged, and yet I also recognize that living in them is not as easy as typing them out. I worry about what the future holds. I am fearful about things I cannot control. I fill my schedule until it overflows. I question God’s plan.

 Unfortunately, walking in freedom by the power of the Holy Spirit isn’t achieved at the flip of a switch. Because trust me -I  would have flipped that thing hard a long time ago! Instead, it’s a daily choice. It’s moment by moment and day by day. It’s sanctification—incrementally being made to look more and more like Jesus because of the big and small decisions I make each day. What I think about. What my mind dwells on. What I read. What I see. How long I scroll through social media. What I listen to.

 

When I walk by the Spirit, I am free.

It’s not easy. At all. Often it’s just plain hard. But as my pastor often reminds our church, “Hard isn’t bad. Hard is just hard.” And in this case, the end-result is oh-so-sweet.

Lean in, sisters. Freedom awaits.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Another inspiring post! I often find myself feeling as if I am stuck– I am stuck by the pressure of my family, the pressure I put on myself, the expectations I have created. And for now, my life is exactly how it should be. I go to the college I was supposed to go to, I have a grade point average that I am supposed to have, I have friends who check all the boxes, etc. But I sometimes wonder, what if one day, my life turns out drastically different than all of this and all of the expectations? I think, I would be devastated but I know that God has a plan and if I want freedom, I should trust in that plan rather than trusting in my created path that I feel so tied down to.

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