It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. — Galatians 5:1

Dear friend, I was recently dealing with an issue that has cropped up in my life consistently for the longest time. It has been such a sustained assault on my mind for so long that I honestly don’t even know exactly when it started. But this I do know: it is a work of the enemy and true to form, it is designed to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). As I took a step back and re-evaluated this week, I realized that was exactly what it was doing to me. This weapon had been designed with a purpose from the enemy, and I was allowing it to hit the mark in my life. Do you hear that? The main idea in that thought was not that the enemy had fashioned a weapon against me that was meant to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). You see, that part is ever-so-predictable; that’s what he does. The thought provoking part of that statement was that I had allowed it. I had agreed with those thoughts that popped into my head. I had entertained those thoughts, allowed them to take hold, and had then acted on what had now become a belief. And the result? Stolen time, stolen confidence, stolen advancement of kingdom purposes, a spirit of heaviness, guilt, and shame. 


Does any of this resonate with you? You can fill in the blank with whatever particular thoughts attack you individually. Step back and look honestly at what the lie is behind these thoughts. Think through where this deception started, and go back to that place in time to repent of allowing the enemy a foothold in your life. Repent of agreeing with this lie and declare the opposite truth over your life. For where the enemy has sought to create a false truth, there is always an opposite genuine truth from the Word of God to combat it! So whatever your particular struggle, look to the Word of God to see what He says about you. Perhaps what comes against you is this lie: “You are never good enough.” What does God say about you in this area? He says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3) He says through Paul: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) And I could go on and on with verses because God knows that is one of the most common and defeating lies the devil uses to imprison you. But our sense of worth and ability doesn’t come from ourselves. For apart from God, we can do nothing (John 15:5), but with God, all things are possible (Mark 10:27).


Dear sister, it was for freedom that Christ set us free. He paid the ultimate price so that we could live in freedom. Do not, by any means, voluntarily put yourself back under that way of life of slavery. He has set us free from it! Why take on something that is no longer yours? Where the enemy came to steal, kill, and destroy, He came that you would have life and have it abundantly — life in its fullness until you overflow (John 10:10). And in order to live in that kind of fullness, you must be free. So live free today!


Linda and the Help Club for Moms Team


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