“So if the Son sets you free, you will be absolutely FREE.”
John 8:36 GW
1. not under the control or in the power of another; able to cut or be done as one wishes.
2. release from captivity, confinement, or slavery.
1. with no qualification, restriction, or limitation; totally.
I AM FREE. In CHRIST I’M FREE indeed. I am free absolutely. Not partially. Not in some areas. But in all areas I am totally FREE!!
On July 25, 2018 at the age of 23, I woke up with a renewed mindset…a mindset of freedom. For years I was the elephant tied to a wooden post unaware of the power I had to make the decision to walk in my freedom and the strength to do so. Many of us have heard how a trainer will tie a baby elephant to a wooden post. As a young elephant the animal is unable to walk away while attached to the post. It is trained to believe that it’s too weak to get up and pull away from its current situation. Eventually the elephant gives up. Even once time passes though the elephant has grown and gained the strength to walk away, it won’t even try because it’s become accustomed to being tied up and doesn’t believe it can break away from the wooden post that it has known as a limit to its ability to move. That was me…mentally.
For years I had been trapped in a bondage I was ignorant of- the prison of my mind.
The mind is a powerful thing, which is why the enemy loves to play with it.
“As a man thinketh, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
Chris has already set us free but if satan can trick us into believing that we are still enslaved to the opinions of others, our toxic relationship, poor friendships, financial issues, bad medical reports, depression, anxiety, toxic jobs, busy schedules, etc. that is exactly what we will be…ENSLAVED.
The devil doesn’t care if you believe Christ has freed you from SOME things as long as you don’t believe in Christ’s Word that He has freed you COMPLETELY…as long as you don’t know that you’re ABSOLUTELY FREE.
If satan can convince us that we are enslaved in certain areas of our lives, we will subconsciously limit ourselves in every other area of our lives as well when the truth is we aren’t enslaved at all!!
I battled with the realization of this for much of my 22nd year of life. I knew the last year I realized I knew that Christ freed me from sin and the grips of hell but in my mind I had allowed the enemy to convince me that I was still enslaved to the opinions of others, my finances, my job, my relationship status, etc. I had allowed all of these things, insecurities, doubts, worries to hinder my ability to grow and move forward in life. I wouldn’t even step out and try certain things for fear of what someone may think or say to me or about me. But in Christ NONE of these things have a hold of me. I was giving them power over my thoughts and even my life when Christ had already stripped all power from them.
BUT TODAY IS A NEW DAY!! I woke up (figuratively and literally) with the understanding that FREEDOM IS A CHOICE AND A MINDSET. Christ has done the work of freeing me but I must do the work of stopping thinking like a slave and walk out my freedom.
I will NO LONGER be weighed down by work. I’m learning to say “no” and “not right now”.
I will NO LONGER let finances cloud my mind or make me anxious. I WILL TRUST JEHOVAH JIREH, my Provider.
I will NO LONGER allow the opinions of others to be a prison for me. In the words of KB, “come get your opinions, they don’t matter.”
I WILL walk confidently in exactly who God has destined and designed me to be. I am 23 and FREE!