Dear World Changer,
The term “freedom” is defined as: “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” Freedom is the ability to do what you want without anyone or anything standing in your way and holding you back.
Do you ever feel like you are being held back? That you are captive to someone or something and if you could just break free all would be well? I have. BUT, today I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to live in captivity!
A couple of years ago while I was praying with my team in El Salvador, I had a vision of a young girl. She was a mess; completely broken in every way. She was carrying heavy chains on her shoulders that wrapped all around her arms and down her body. My heart immediately broke for this girl that I did not know. I watched her struggle to carry these chains around with her everywhere she went.
I asked God why she was bound and how she could gain her freedom. His response to me was this:
“I have given her the opportunity to be free. Now it is her turn to make a move. She must choose to drop her chains and leave them behind her.”
The answer to my question wrecked me. I looked back at the girl in my vision again and I realized there was nothing stopping her from dropping the heaviness that held her down; absolutely nothing forcing her to carry this burden. Her chains were actually BROKEN! All she had to do was let them go.
I began to sob and cry out to Jesus.
Because this girl was ME.
And this girl was so many others around me.
In that moment with Jesus, when I opened my heart and my eyes to see this incredible truth that he revealed, my life was changed forever.
I finally understood what it meant to be free.
And today, I share this story with you to remind you that YOU TOO can be free! You already are!
Easter is all about celebrating the sacrifice Christ made for us. It is all about the fight for our freedom – for YOUR freedom – that ended in victory.
THE MOMENT Christ died on that cross, you were given the opportunity to be free.
THE MOMENT you chose to give your life to Christ, your chains were instantly broken.
Jesus made a way!
But maybe you’re like me and haven’t dropped those chains yet. Or maybe you have dropped them but you have also picked them back up again. Maybe you have dropped them but you frequently forget the truth of that action and how that impacts your whole identity.. Whatever the reason for your restraint, it is possible to be free. This freedom is real and tangible and available and YOURS. But it is up to YOU. No one else can accept it on your behalf. YOU are the one Christ died for; YOU are the one whose chains he broke; and YOU are the one who has to let go and live free.
Christ DIED so that we could LIVE. My mind is blown every single time I think about that! And I pray that you are amazed by that as well. I hope that as you stand in awe of your Saviour and what he has done for you that you begin to take the first steps in letting those chains fall to the ground for good. If you are unsure of how to begin dropping those chains that have bound you for so long, I encourage you to find someone to guide you and help you. Asking for assistance is not a sign of weakness, it is actually a testament to your strength. It requires a lot for someone to make themselves vulnerable and let someone in who could potentially judge or harm them. The beauty of this though, is that they also hold the potential to uplift you and help you heal. Talk to Jesus – he knows you want to let go but don’t know how. And talk to someone else who is a few steps ahead of you in this ‘letting go’ journey. No one is perfect, and the battle to leave those chains on the ground is ongoing, but don’t give up! Freedom is yours – Christ has already given it to you.
I wrote a piece a couple years back for Radiate 2015 titled “Free Is She.” Some of you may have read this already, but it is a great reminder for anyone struggling to live the life Christ died for, or anyone just surrendering to the wonder of his love. As you read this, remember that the “she” is YOU, my friend. You are loved. You are beautiful. You are strong. You are fighting the good fight and doing it well – I’m so proud of you! You may be broken but you are not done.
Because Jesus broke so you could be whole.
He wants to pick up your broken pieces and turn them into a gorgeous mosaic – so let him. Lose the restraints; drop the chains. As sinners, you and I do not deserve this beautiful gift of love and grace – but do not be deceived, you are worthy. This gift is yours but you have to accept it. Darling, you may be broken, but you are free! Your Saviour is just waiting for you to invite him to heal you and put your shattered pieces together in a work of art that brings him glory. You are lovely; you are strong; you are brave; you are fierce. YOU are a Daughter of the Light. And YOU have the “power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.”
YOU are RADIANT.
Please do not ever give up on the life of freedom you desire. It is yours to live and it is yours to share! Christ died so that you could live.
Happy Easter, my radiant sister.
FREE IS SHE
For she was once darkness but now she is light in the Lord. She walks as a child of the light.
Free is she who accepts the gift He has offered to her. Free is she who allows His love to be present in her every moment. Free is she who embraces grace and lives like she is redeemed. She remembers the words spoken on the cross, just before His final breath. He said, “It is finished.” He was speaking to her broken heart and her wounded soul. He was giving her the opportunity to experience absolute freedom. Three simple words that said, “She is redeemed. She is forgiven. She is new. She is whole. She is mine. I love her. She is free.” She cannot earn His love but it is a gift of grace that He desperately longs to lavish her with.
Free is she who lets her knees hit the ground at the foot of the cross and abandons her personal desires. Free is she who humbles herself to her Saviour and submits her heart and her life to His perfect will. She knows that tomorrow’s freedom is today’s surrender. Letting go is the only way her bondage will be broken.
Free is she who chooses to put her past behind her and look ahead. Free is she who allows His blood and sacrifice to cover her mistakes. Free is she who confesses her sin and then drowns herself in His forgiveness. She allows Him to transform her life and turn her world upside down. Nothing in all creation will be able to separate her from His love. The enemy under her feet has no control over her. She is victorious in His Almighty Name.
She never keeps the good news to herself because free is she to share her hope. Free is she to speak life over the dead and reveal a way to the lost. Free is she to empower others. She is an ambassador of Christ. She is a disciple privileged with the task of shaping more disciples. She cannot save but she can lead. A child of the light is she who believes in her mission.
Free is she to pursue the calling He has on her life. Free is she to dream big and be brave. Free is she to fearlessly walk the unbeaten path. He has unique plans for her. He wants to use her to further His Kingdom. He has put dreams in her heart that she will never give up on. He has immeasurably more for her than all she could think or imagine. Free is she to spread her wings and soar for she is called to a life of greatness.
Free is she to rise up and take a stand against injustice. Free is she to make a difference and change her world. He placed her in her exact position for a reason. He has not given her a spirit of fear but of love, peace, and a sound mind. He has equipped her with His strength and all that she needs to carry out His purpose.
Free is she to drop her cool and show kindness to those around her. Free is she to be genuine in her love of the lost and the found. He has given her a tender heart and a gentle spirit. Her sweet kindness will impact the lives of many.
Free is she to be herself. Free is she to love who He has made her to be. His love is poured out for who she is, not who she wishes to be. Free is she who refuses to judge and compare herself. She is fearfully and wonderfully made. She has been created in His image and He is beautiful.
Free is she to live for an audience of One. Free is she to build her character and grow her inner beauty. Charm is deceptive and outward beauty is fleeting but she who fears the Lord is to be praised. She is worth more than rubies. His opinion of her is all that matters.
Free is she to take her place in the royal family. A dress won’t make her a princess and jewels won’t make her a queen. She has been chosen and she had been adopted. She is a daughter of the King. She will not allow herself to be treated with disrespect because she deserves the best. He has someone for her and in His timing love will awaken. Free is she to never settle. Free is she to know her worth. Free is she to be known by her true name. She is the bride of Christ above all.
Free is she who chooses His praises to ever be on her lips even when life gets tough. Free is she who worships the Name above all names even when no one else understands it. Free is she to pray bold and courageous prayers. Free is she who whispers, “Thank you for giving me breath today.” Free is she who stands back up no matter how many times she is knocked down. Free is she to crawl and let Him carry her when she cannot walk another step. Free is she to approach Him as she is. Free is she to show Him her scars. He promises to never leave her. He promises to always hear her cry and catch her tears. He promises to comfort her and give her strength. He promises to never shy away from her brokenness. Free is she to put her trust in His promises. She can count on Him – the waves and wind still know His name. Free is she to believe it is well with her soul. He is her anchor and He is faithful. People will leave her lonely but His love never fails her.
Free is she to laugh. Free is she to dance. Free is she to spread love and joy, peace and hope. She has found a love that cannot be destroyed. She has found a joy that can never be taken away. She has found a peace that is greater than all fear. She has found a hope that lights every difficult circumstance. She is sinking in the amazing grace of her Heavenly Father.
Free is she to live without shame. Free is she to be filled with joy at the sight of her chains hitting the ground. Free is she to choose to leave her chains on the floor forever. She is no longer bound. She is no longer dead. She is no longer just existing. She is ALIVE. He died so she could have life and have it to the full. He has set her free!
Free is she to walk in complete surrender. Free is she to LIVE in total freedom. Free is she to embrace her identity as a child of the light. Free is she to radiate.
Free is she.