Have You Been Set Free?
By Toni Weisz/Spiritual Disciplines
Scripture References: John 8:31-32, 34-36, Romans 6: 12-14, and James 5:16
John 8:31-32, 34-36
So Jesus said unto the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will not have dominion over you, since you are not under the law but under grace.
Are you still struggling with a distorted view of yourself, God, or others? When did that start for you?
It takes years and perhaps decades of hard work to undo the damage that was done to us as children, teens, and young adults.
How can we be set free to live the abundant life Jesus came to give us?
I’d like to share four keys that can help you be set free.
1.) I believe we need to confess sin daily.
Some questions to take to heart:
- What are my motives?
- Why am I so easily offended?
- Why am I being taken advantage of by others?
- Why can’t I say no?
- Why am I fearful or anxious when I have to speak to a certain person?
When we have been mistreated, abused, or neglected or have an abortion in our past, we develop deep wounds which distort our thinking and emotional development. It’s only God who can help us heal in those areas and grow to our full potential.
I heard this statement, but I do not know who coined it:
“If you want to be forgiven, confess your sins to God. If you want to change, confess your sins to another person so they can help you be accountable.”
Therefore, confess your sins one to another and pray one to another that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
2.) I feel a personal quiet time with the Lord is essential.
It’s hard for some of us to trust anyone, even God. Slowly, as you spend time with God, in His word, He will reveal His heart towards you. You will begin to see how much He does love you and how He cares about every part of your life. He never tires to hear about what’s going on in your life. He never slumbers. He is always available any time, day or night. That gives me great comfort knowing God is always there for me because so many people have let me down over the years. But God is always faithful.
3.) Sharing your story in a safe environment (such as our conference call) is therapeutic and condusive to healing.
It’s important for our healing that we can share our stories with others in a safe and loving environment without judgment. Once we do that, our secrets no longer have power over us.
Is there some part of your story you have not shared with others?
Now would be a good time to do that. If you cannot speak on the conference call, then write it down and email it to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By sharing our stories with each other, we can pray and encourage each other on our healing journey. You are not alone; that is a lie from the devil.
4.) We must be willing to do the hard work.
I am constantly reading books to help me heal and facilitate a healing group where women feel loved and safe. Our learning, healing and equipping is an ongoing process that will continue until the day we see Jesus. God is still healing me when I allow Him and the Holy Spirit to speak truth into my life. I have to be consciously listening to Him. Speak to God all day long. He is listening and waiting for you to call out to Him.
If you do these four things, it will help you to be set free in every area of your life.
Are you willing to allow Jesus to take you by the hand and lead you on this healing journey?
I pray this has been helpful for you. Please reach out. We are waiting to hear from you. Please go to our contact page to get our email and phone number.
You are loved,