A Different Kind of Freedom

As an American girl born and raised I can't tell you the thanksgiving I feel at my very core for the blessing I have been given to live here.  This is a place where I can express myself, my faith, I can speak my mind, I can be myself freely and honestly it's one of the greatest gifts I have been gifted but what about the weight of regret, or past feelings of hurt, or the weight of my failures?  In the land of the free why do we still walk in chains? 

I want to talk about the bigger picture of freedom, the freedom that was given at the Cross.  The wage of sin is death and honestly that's a super heavy truth.  It's not fun to talk about and people often tend to shy away from the subject because it's a burden they feel like they have to carry.  But here is the good news.  The wage has already been paid.  That burden, your burden has been nailed to the cross. The freedom from sin is now a free gift given to all who will accept it and it really is all about just letting go and saying, God, you are enough!  I love that old hymn that goes: "Oh, what peace we often forfeit Oh, what needless pain be bear." I love it because it holds so much truth about our lack of human ability to do things on our own and our strange preference for walking in chains.  I also love the word "needless" (if I was blasting this jam and singing along in my car I would always lift my hands in emphasis when that word "needless" comes up) and I think the reason why is because of it's simple, yet powerful meaning.  There is literally no need in the entire world for you to feel burdened by your sins or failures..none..what-so-ever! Give them away!  Throw them away there is no need for you to carry them.  It's hard not to be in control of every little thing and I think that often times we can't let go of mistakes in our past or current hurt and pain because the fact is, is that we want to be in control of it. But that control is what leads to bondage and chains.  You have to be willing to let go of it, after all, Christ was willing to let it go when he died for you and I.  Guys, there is so much freedom in Jesus and it's so worth the taking!
the path is before you. if you want to be free, be free. 

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