You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
When we seek freedom we should also be seeking an opportunity to honor and glorify God through that freedom, as gratitude for His loving grace and mercy. Sometimes we are so caught up and overwhelmed by the pain, frustration, and fear that consumes us in our enslavement, that when we are freed, we run towards the instant gratification of the flesh. In our state of lack we ignorantly think we have been deprived of privileges of the flesh. It is not the things of this world we have been lacking. It is that of the Spirit.
It is easy to get distracted and fall into traps if you operate from a lack mindset, if you become self-centered in your agony, and if you aren’t driven to be aligned and remain aligned with God.
We have to understand that the space next to freedom is a trap that is cleverly laid by the enemy. The trap is filled with lies about you and God. It looks different than your last situation but it’s still enslavement. That’s where your discernment is important to your survival. The enemy wants you to swap one prison cell for another, one plantation for another, one hell for another. You have to discern the path to the trap from the path that God has provided.
When your bonds are broken, when the shackles are released, don’t rush towards what your flesh craves. Turn to God for direction. Seek opportunities to glorify Him through service. Seek healthy relationships that glorify Him. Let your Spirit be renewed in Him, to counter the weakness of the flesh.
Remember who and what you are. You are spirit living in the shell of flesh, not the other way around. The flesh is temporary while the spirit is eternal. Don’t sacrifice the eternal for the temporal. Don’t sacrifice your strength for your weakness.
God does not bless you to mock Him.
Father, thank You for my freedom—past, present, and future. Thank You for sending Christ to set me free. Thank You for freeing me from physical, emotional, financial, psychological, and spiritual bondage. Thank You for freeing me from toxic relationships and toxic situations.
Thank You for pushing back my enemies so that I may be free to serve You and the least of Your children. Thank You for freeing me so that I may love fully, freely and humbly. Thank You for the discernment to distinguish Your path and plans from those of the enemy. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
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