Gratitude Week Four: God Calls Me to Freedom

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It is entirely possible that I was a jerk of a big sister. We lived out in the country throughout our childhood, and my sister and I had a lot of time together….and a lot of time to inflict maximum rudeness. Once, I told her that I was going to tie her up with a jump rope and time her escape. Allegedly, I left her tied up in her room for a long time while I helped myself to some delicious snacks. See? Jerk move. 

The thing about the younger sibling is that they learn from these experiences and become smarter, craftier and fearless. A little while down the road, my sister had managed to handcuff me to the sink, shut the door, and left me to scream with no help coming because our parents were gone. Justice served. Big, fat lesson learned for big sister. 

As I remember this story, I’m reminded of the insult of being bound. Wanting to move, but being unable. Crying for help, but no answer. It was such a sad-sack moment that taught a strong lesson. 

I wonder about areas in our lives in which we remain bound, unable to move and crying for help. Are there places in your life in which you are asking God for freedom? I’m praying for you this week. I hope you can laugh at the snotty big sister handcuffed to the sink as we walk through this week together and ask God for HIS freedom as we learn to walk in HIS call for our lives. I’m cheering you on, friend.

Sara Thompson

 

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Dear God, You call us to freedom. Show us the areas where we are still chained, and rescue us. You make us strong, so help us walk bravely in Your freedom and in Your light. Amen.


DAY ONE:

PRAYER: Dear God, You call us to freedom. Show us the areas where we are still chained, and rescue us. You make us strong, so help us walk bravely in Your freedom and in Your light. Amen.

Day One: We serve a good Father. He longs for our freedom, and He is ever-present to help. 

Psalm 146:7 (NKJV) – Lord, thank you for being One who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. You are the Lord who gives freedom to the prisoners. Thank you for freeing me. Show me where I’m not walking in freedom. Show me the things that I need to leave behind. Show me where I need peace, and help me to make those scary steps forward in Your power and love. Amen. 

Ask yourself: Where do I need freedom in my life?


DAY TWO:

PRAYER: Dear God, You call us to freedom. Show us the areas where we are still chained, and rescue us. You make us strong, so help us walk bravely in Your freedom and in Your light. Amen.

Day Two: Long my imprisoned spirit lay, Fast bound in sin and nature’s night; Thine eye diffused a quickening ray— I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee. My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee. -Charles Wesley 

Galatians 5:1 (MSG) – Christ, You have set me free to live a free life. So, I want to take a stand, never again letting anyone put a harness of slavery on me! You make my heart free. You flood my dungeon with light. Thank You. Thank You for the power that frees. Thank You for the privilege of following You. Show me places where someone else may have imprisoned me, and help me walk out of that prison! Amen. 

Ask yourself: Where in my life am I letting someone else keep me from freedom?


DAY THREE:

PRAYER: Dear God, You call us to freedom. Show us the areas where we are still chained, and rescue us. You make us strong, so help us walk bravely in Your freedom and in Your light. Amen.

Day Three: We invite His Spirit to live and move in us. 

2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV) – Lord, You are the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Holy Spirit, I ask that your freedom flow in my life. You are my Counsel, You are light in dark places. You call me free, so I receive that victory and walk in this liberty that You so graciously provide. Amen. 

Ask yourself: Where can I let The Spirit guide me in freedom?


DAY FOUR: 

PRAYER: Dear God, You call us to freedom. Show us the areas where we are still chained, and rescue us. You make us strong, so help us walk bravely in Your freedom and in Your light. Amen.

Day Four: God never expected us to do this life without Him. His Spirit is present in our lives and we walk in His power and might. We are not slaves to sin. 

Romans 8:1-2 (MSG) – Jesus, with your arrival as The Messiah, the fateful dilemma of flesh versus spirit is resolved. Because I enter into Your being here-for-me, I no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black-cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing me from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. Lord, You have defeated sin and death forever. Help me live in that sanctuary of peace. Shame, lies and despair are broken in the name of Jesus, and we thank You for this new power in operation. I am grateful for this new life and the strong wind that sweeps away despair and breaks every bondage. Amen. 

Ask yourself: What would it look like for you to walk free of a “continuous, low-lying black cloud?” How would that feel to take a life-giving gulp of air?


DAY FIVE:

PRAYER: Dear God, You call us to freedom. Show us the areas where we are still chained, and rescue us. You make us strong, so help us walk bravely in Your freedom and in Your light. Amen. 

Day Five: Jesus was sent for our freedom and to heal our broken hearts. We know that there is no condemnation for those of us in Jesus. He is good. He is faithful. He is for us. In his mission, we will find our mission. 

Luke 4:18-19 (NKJV) – Father, your Word has taught us for centuries that the Spirit of the Lord was and is upon Jesus because You anointed Him to preach the gospel to the poor; You sent Him to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. Lord, thank you for sending Jesus. And for the love story that You wrote with His life. Show me how to live out my calling for this life You’ve given me. Amen. 

Ask yourself: Do I live my everyday life like the Spirit of the Lord is upon me?


DAY SIX:

PRAYER: Dear God, You call us to freedom. Show us the areas where we are still chained, and rescue us. You make us strong, so help us walk bravely in Your freedom and in Your light. Amen. 

Day Six: God calls us free and He didn’t ask for a second opinion. There is no argument. There will always be loud whining from our pasts, our embarrassments and our shame. But God has always had the final say…..and He calls us FREE. Let His voice be the loudest in your life. 

John 8:36 (NKJV) – Lord, the truth is that if the Son makes me free, then I am free indeed! Forgive me for holding onto things You’ve given me the freedom to release. Help me to receive Your promises. Your grace. Your truth. Thank you for your Son, who set me free, indeed. Amen. 

Ask yourself: What shame/hurt/embarrassment am I allowing to keep me from true freedom in Christ? What do I need to let go?


DAY SEVEN:

PRAYER: Dear God, You call us to freedom. Show us the areas where we are still chained, and rescue us. You make us strong, so help us walk bravely in Your freedom and in Your light. Amen.

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Day Seven: Make index cards of the freedom scriptures and place them on your bathroom mirror. Read that goodness every day! Get God’s message of liberty into your mind and let it flow through your heart. Do you feel the “continuous, low-lying black cloud” lurking over your heart and mind? SPEAK LIFE to those dark places and chains with these Scriptures. Let’s remind ourselves that GOD calls us free. GOD calls us to abundant life. Let everything that doesn’t line up with what He says about you, fall as ashes at your feet. Boom!

Catherine HortonComment