Yesterday, I read this, God’s Word through Isaiah (44:21-22):
“Pay attention, O Jacob,
for you are my servant, O Israel.
I, the Lord, made you,
and I will not forget you.
22 I have swept away your sins like a cloud.
I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.
Oh, return to me,
for I have paid the price to set you free.”
The price has been paid. The cross is empty.
I keep telling you all that this season has been so challenging. I’m starting to think maybe all seasons are challenging, in their own way.
So many things are uncertain. No steady jobs, our home back in Boston still unsold, my father passing away, no beds or dressers or couches (but we do have a kitchen table!).
I’ve taken my father dying especially hard. I suppose that’s within the realm of normal. I’m not even sure during this time I’ve had the faith of Mary or Martha, as shared in one of my favorite Biblical stories (John 11). They struggled to see God’s power and promises through their tears of grief. While Martha stated that she believed Jesus could do anything, her words showed the unbelief that still lived in her heart.
When Martha first saw Jesus:
“If you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus said Lazarus would rise again:
“I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
And when Jesus asked that the stone be moved:
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
Freedom is not a dream I made up; freedom is a reality Jesus created.
Freedom is real. It’s possible. It’s within reach.
Martha wanted to believe that freedom for her brother was possible, yet she focused on the appearance of what she could see.
I know freedom is possible. I’ve seen it, felt it, tasted it.
It’s time to get back to basics folks.
As I shared at a recent conference, a free person actively overcomes life-controlling issues through grace-inspired, spirit-empowered choices.
Spend time with the Freedom Giver.
Spend time with Freedom Seekers.
Think like a free person.
Act like a free person.
The reality of freedom is simple a series of good choices. One foot in front of the other, with God’s help.