Freedom is desirable. Just think of how liberating it may feel to just have it in your life in this very moment? But exactly how can we become and remain free from the things that we are stressing the most in our lives that put us in a state of suppression? And exactly what is keeping you so held back from your exhale?
Could it be:
- fear of being accepted
- addiction to negative thoughts and behaviors
- bad relationships
- body shaming yourself
- financial stress
- something you’re running away from
Well what I can tell you is that you have the God-given ability to set yourself free from any imaginary mental choke-hold planted by the devil, and once you believe this truth, you will have this thing called freedom. Just think, what would freedom from your struggle really look like in your life? Better confidence? Joy when life punches you in the face? The possibilities are endless.
But first, in order to have peace, you must also want it. Seems simple, I mean who doesn’t want to be completely free? But you’d be amazed at how we can add a sense of normalcy to the things we actually want to be free from, and when we pursue freedom, we may get uncomfortable because we’re getting rid of something that is normal to us. For example, for a long time I felt like I was suppressed to my painful circumstances thinking there was no way up from the pain, and constantly wanting people to feel sorry for me all the time. And while beginning to meditate on my freedom from feeling broken, I prayed to have these thoughts go away so I could focus more on positivity, but since I was so used to feeling like things would never get better, I would continue to use every chance I got to think positive, to let those depressing emotions take over. I was comfortable in my suppression.
God had to bring it to my attention that in order to stop the bad habit, I had to believe that I was actually free from it, and to continue in freedom, I had to want it.Because if you know that something is not good for you, but you don’t want to be free from it yet, you’ll find it hard actually believing you are free, and you could potentially give up on your own freedom.
I think we’ve all heard the ” you can’t do the same thing and expect a different result” phrase, and that applies to an element within freedom as well.
You have to believe and know that you are free. Which is something that the devil will try to make you think you’re not regardless of your efforts. Good thing is, the devil ain’t nun but a liar. And when you elevate to new levels he’ll have you thinking doubting thoughts meant to throw your belief in your freedom off track.
Just to give a heads up, it’ll go a little something like this:
- You aren’t good enough for freedom
- You won’t get past this
- You can’t control your thoughts
- Your doubt in yourself is bigger than your will to keep going
- Your progress will be wiped away if you make a mistake
- You’re not really free, the pain is still there
But from what 1 Corinthians 7:20-21 says “Each one should stay the way he was when God called him, if you were a slave when God called you, do not let that bother you. But if you can be free, then become free. Yes,the enemy will make it easy to go back under suppression regardless of what level of freedom we’re on, but we always have the ability to tap into our resilience and sound, free mind to that God has given us to keep blooming.
Freedom can also be fearful because some people may have a sense dependency towards their issue. Take FOMO (fear of moving out) for an example. It is liberating to finally be able to move out of your parent’s house, but the responsibility that comes with it is something you feel unprepared for.
And freedom comes with much responsibility. Which may require for you to have to create space from things that cause you to be suppressed instead of liberated.Because you can’t be free from bad habits if you allow the influences of those habits to continue to take place in your life.
I had a fear of freedom towards the end of a relationship because it meant I had to let something that I wanted go, which set my flesh into a frenzy. But I had to understand that staying in a constant state of heartbreak would not set me free from my pain and allow me to continue my life with joy and accept the lessons and perspectives given to me from that relationship. So eventually I had to stop listening to Mary J. Blidge, and get in formation with Beyonce.
Freeing yourself from whatever it is that is bothering you can either be a long-suffering exhale, or bittersweet growing pains. But Galatians 5:1 states that “We have freedom now because Christ made us free, so stand strong. Do not change and go back into the slavery of the law”. And if we have freedom through God, we’re on the right track, and we’ll be iight.
Every step you make towards freedom is essential, no matter how big or small, but continuing in freedom is the only way to keep peace in your life. And the amazing part of it all is that we aren’t given suppression from God, we’re given strength, so whatever comes our way that is meant to disturb us from our peace, we already have the power to fight against it.
2 Timothy 1:7 says “God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid. He gave us a spirit of power and love and self-control”.
So what should you do to stay in the peace of freedom? I’ll tell you what I do. Meditate. Pray. And believe.
I meditate on these 3 things
- “I believe that I am free”
- ” I have freedom”
- “I don’t doubt that I can live in my freedom”
- “My mind has been renewed in freedom”
Freedom is a liberating journey, but the entire way you must believe that you are free, and live as if you are. Old ways behind, new ways ahead. And when you are free from one thing, you’ll find it easy monkey bar to the next area of freedom that is often related to the original issue. Sometimes we aren’t aware of the things that we need to be free from, but once you feel it, you’ll know.
Cast all of your worries and stress on God in prayer and just be free, the sun is your spotlight. Don’t find yourself crying to the moon in depression because you spent the whole day in disbelief of your own freedom.
And as children of God, we already have the essentials that lie in forgiveness, a renewed mind, and peace.
So get out there and wear that bathing suit, get over that guy, go to an event by yourself, master your talents, believe in your freedom, and BLOOM.
When you wake up to the sun every morning, say with belief,
“I believe I am free.”