The more I read Breaking Free by Beth Moore, the more I glean from the Bible and the more I learn from her words. I had to write about the what I took in this morning so I won’t forget about it later.
First, “God’s good from life’s bad is one of the most liberating concepts in the entire Word of God.” I have to agree with this statement. Right now, circumstances in my life have caused me to lean more heavily on God than I have in the past 18 months. During the past 18 months, I have complained and whined a lot to God and friends – sorry if you are one of them :), but I didn’t do a lot of leaning on him or trusting Him. But….now, finally, I am taking it all to God and finding peace, freedom, and a deeper relationship with Him. This never would have happened if I hadn’t had to walk through the valley. So, as I sit in my rocking chair, reading the Bible and the book by Beth Moore, I find myself in a state of complete gratitude towards the Lord. The valley has caused me to know Him more, trust Him more, love Him more, and rest in Him more. Believe me, I will still screw up sometime today – but this morning I find myself just basking in Him.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I realize that in evangelical circles this verse is widely used, but it is so true. Sometimes things happen to us as a result of others sinning against us. Other times, the Lord puts us in situations that cause us to trust Him and lean on Him more deeply than before. I have a dear friend, who has suffered much due to tremendous sin caused by a complete stranger and I have seen the Lord pick her up and use her for His glory – despite the ugliness of the sin and crime committed. God can and does work things for His glory. This world we live in is not all there is.
I still believe that the characteristic of forgiveness embodies a true Christ follower. I love this quote I read from Beth Moore,
- “Forgiveness involved my handing over to God the responsibility for justice. The longer I held on to it, the more the bondage strangled the life out of me. Forgiveness meant my deferring the cause to Christ and deciding to be free of the ongoing burden of bitterness and blame.“
Free of the ongoing burden!!! A lack of forgiveness can keep you captive. Here is another quote I liked,
- “But you see, I don’t think confessing sin is primarily about fault. It’s about freedom!….Confession allowed me to bring sinful behaviors to the table for open discussion with God. He instantly forgave me and completely cleansed me; then He began to teach me how to change my responses.”
I prefer freedom to captivity. It’s much more peaceful and fun 🙂
Lastly, I read 1 Samuel 17:45-47 this morning. Sometimes I want to fight the battle on my own, whether it be justice that I think needs to be served to someone – yeah I know very unwise – or whether it be trying to be “good” on my own power. This morning, I was once again reminded to rely on God and His power and His strength.
“David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s and he will give all of you into our hands.” – emphasis mine