Have you ever wanted to be free, yet it seemed difficult to release the burdens or strongholds that were holding you captive? And, yet, you know that Jesus died on the Cross for our sins, our sicknesses, and our burdens. No matter how much you pray, repent, or forgive, it seems like an endless cycle that tires you, weakens you, and burdens you.
Our MomLife meeting in April left me thinking the thought of, “I am free yet I am still carrying the very things that Jesus died for on the Cross.” It is easy to forget that while Jesus was fully God and fully Man, that He knows exactly what we are going through much better than anyone else we “seek out” for empathy and understanding. While others can have a testimony that speaks to us, they will never truly understand us in the way that Jesus would always understand us. A person may have went through the same situation or similar situation, and they can give us advice on how to go through that experience, but they will not be the one to heal your soul to step in the freedom that Jesus sacrificed His life for us.
In our meeting last month, the “activity” we are given was to write down on an index card, that had a nail through it, what was holding us back from being free. While we know what our strongholds are, it is a question that makes you pause.
What is holding you back from being free?
I have to say that there was not a dry eye in that room. And, that question and lesson was a much needed encouragement for I had an anxiety attack minutes before our MomLife group started because I was faced with so many unexpected happenings in the past month or so. I wrote down anxiety, bitterness, insecurity, comparison (as in am I good enough), anger, worry, and loneliness. Some of those are not as big of an issue as others, but those words popped in my mind of what was holding me back. The next step that was freeing to me was to take that nail out of the card and place it somewhere as a reminder that what I wrote was taken care of on the Cross. Lastly, we all got up and placed our cards in a basket that was placed in front of a wooden Cross as we picked up a card of choosing to live in Grace.
I believe that it is important to go to the Lord in prayer as soon as you wake up (even a few minutes makes a difference) and ask God to reveal in your heart what you need to release so that you can experience God’s blessings the way He desired in the first place. How many times have we allowed our anxiety, bitterness, insecurity, comparison, anger, loneliness, or worry keep us from divine appointments that God strategically placed in our paths?
I leave this with you. Take a piece of paper or go to your journal, and write down what is hurting your heart. Turn that over to our Heavenly Father and let Him remind you of how Jesus died on the Cross for those hurts so that you can be free in your mind, body, and soul. It is a process, but God will be there with you every step of the way. Each time He removes the wound from each of those burdens, He reveals that beauty that He created for your future.