“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us,”
Hebrews 12:1 AMP
Something that I used to struggle with quite a lot was beating myself up, not recognizing who I was in Christ. This caused me to constantly go back into things that I had already been freed from because I felt like, “What’s the point? I’m a nobody anyway!”
Pastor Jim Frease said something a little while back that really resonated in my spirit. He said, “I need you to be free.”
There is so much packed into those two little words! Think about it - if you are asking someone to “be,” then they already possess the tools and resources to do so.
Simply put, “be” means it’s already done!
Be encouraged today, I have awesome news for you, Jesus paid it all on the cross! He didn’t just pay for our sin, He paid for our joy, peace, healing, victory, favor, and so much more! He did His part and our part is to “be” all that He paid for us to be, which in simplified terms is completely free!
Free from fear, free from worry, free from sickness, free from shame, guilt, anger, jealousy, wickedness, addiction, poverty, you name it, He paid it!
Listen, for so many years I struggled with my identity, and even now every once in a while an old thought or demon tries to come knocking, but can I tell you the ultimate and easiest way to be free?
Immerse yourself in the Word of God! Immerse yourself in what He has to say about you!
Did you know that He is always thinking good things about you? :)
Pastor Jim put it like this one time and I am paraphrasing, “If God had a fridge, your picture would be on it! If God drove a car, your bumper sticker would be on it!”
Imagine that! God driving around a minivan with “Father of (insert your name), my beloved!”
It may seem far-fetched and if you are prone to deal with the same things I did and still have to stave off continually with the Word, then you are going to have a tougher time than most seeing yourself as the apple of God’s eye, but I want to encourage you today - you are!
Listen, perhaps you grew up in a home with very little love and affection or positive affirmation and you feel like an orphan most days, can I tell you some more good news?! You have been adopted into the greatest Family there is! You are accepted by the Best, who cares about the rest!
You are who He says you are!
Enough is enough! Draw a line in the spiritual sand today and declare to yourself, the world, the devil, that you are no longer going to allow past faults to define you! You aren’t going to allow the things that Jesus paid for to weigh you down any longer! In Jesus’ name, you have the power and authority to cast them off and be free!
You are not defined by what you do or what you did, you are defined by who you are - a child of the King!
When we immerse ourselves in the Word on a continual basis then what we do, say, and think will begin to line up with the Word and we will walk with a new confidence being able to rightly share the gospel with others because we know who we are, free!
Go ahead, right now where you are, begin to thank Him for what He has done for you! Thank Him for who He is and who He has made you!
“Thank you Lord for the price you paid for me! Thank you that I am redeemed! I am whole! I am healed! I am free! I am yours! I am adopted! I have peace! I have joy! Because of you Lord! Thank you! In Jesus’ name!”
Joshua Scott Zeitz