Every Monday morning for the last thirteen weeks, our small group trekked through the Freedom curriculum written by Church of the Highlands’ leaders. All eleven of us representing six different churches removed layer after layer of what the enemy had spent years binding tightly around us. We ripped through our pride, fear, rejection, unforgiveness, hurtful words, abuse, impurity, shame, depression, and anger. Our heart’s desire was to unlock every blessing God purposed for us long ago so that we, in turn, can be a blessing to others.
I’ve been through this curriculum once as a participant and twice as a leader. Every. Single. Time. I’ve shed layer after layer of the enemy’s chains. My first time ripped away my legalism so that my transformation process could begin. This third time around has been by far the most transformational. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a Christian or how unaffected by Satan you think you are, I promise God has more in store for you!
This past weekend, some of my friends from our Freedom Small Group and I attended the Freedom Conference held at the end of every semester. I had the enormous honor of praying with a number of ladies after the teaching on each topic. Throughout the conference I must have prayed with thirty or more women. After listening to a few of their requests, I noticed a trend. So many of them realized for the first time just how bound they had been by the lies of the enemy. They unknowingly believed him when he said they were unlovable, ugly, incompetent, self-sufficient, or had gotten what they deserved by those who hurt them. Many recognized for the first time how easily offended and resistant to criticism they were. Countless women confessed that when specific topics were introduced, they didn’t believe they had an issue with them until the behaviors associated with those topics were spelled out. They learned that none of us can change what we don’t see. Let me say that again. We can’t change what we don’t see.
It seemed as though one could almost see the loads of oppression rising up from the crowd and feel them being blown away by the Spirit. That’s the freedom I want for you – and for everyone I love! If you’re sitting in defeat, you can stand tall in victory. If you feel depressed, your soul can be revived. If you know rejection, oh please know that in Jesus you are accepted. If you lie down in shame every night, wake up knowing you are a child of God whose sins have been cast as far as the east is from the west. If you proudly believe you don’t need any amount of freedom, please know what a lie that is! There is always more!
This Thanksgiving, be thankful for who God made you to be. BE who God made you to be. Pursue freedom like never before by actively engaging in these four things:
- RECOGNIZE what needs changing. Look deep within, and throw out the lies of Satan. He wants to keep you held captive so that the loved ones sitting around your table this week will never be motivated to seek freedom.
- REPENT of believing the enemy’s lies, and learn who God says you are. After all, you are His special possession created to do remarkable things!
- REBUKE Satan out loud. Let him know you’re on to him, and tell him to scram. Resist the devil, and he will flee!
- REFILL your now-emptied-out soul with more of the Holy Spirit. A Christian walking in freedom with the Spirit causes others to wonder what makes them so happy. Freedom is a magnet that draws others to Jesus. What better reason to pursue it?
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”Romans 15:13, CSB
“For freedom, Christ set us free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.”Galatians 5:1, CSB
I can’t help but share this song with you just one more time. Have the happiest of Thanksgivings! I love you all! Thank you for loving me!