I’ve been grappling with two questions since May,
What breaks your heart?
What has God put in your heart to do?
In her study, “Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break”, Kelly Minter challenged me with the above questions. As the weeks and months roll by I have purposefully opened up my mind and heart to hear God’s voice. I know this cannot be taken lightly.
My heart breaks
when I hear people say they don’t find the Bible is relatable.
My heart breaks
when I see people struggling under the weight of guilt and unforgiveness.
My heart longs
to see people released from whatever is holding them in bondage.
My heart burns
with a desire to help people to be “Free At Last!”
I am a woman God has set free to be who God designed her to be! It’s still a struggle, sometimes daily, but I’m constantly learning the joy and thrill that results from knowing who I am in Christ, what He has called me to do, and how He leads me to find fulfillment.
And so, God has put a desire in my heart to explore what Paul’s letter to the Galatians has to say about our freedom in Christ. During the process of writing this study, I’m looking forward to coming away with a deeper appreciation for the freedom Christ has secured for me!
Also, I desire to share the life-giving truths found in this very personal message from Paul’s heart that ultimately comes from the heart of God. In the New Year, I will be sharing this timely study with some women in my church. We will be discovering answers to questions such as,
What freedoms do I enjoy as a follower of Christ?
Do I need to sacrifice something to be truly free?
Is the Old Testament Law still the standard by which I am held accountable to God?
Will I ever need to give up my freedoms for the sake of another?
Do I long to be free from the fear of not measuring up to the standards of others?
Am I confused by the differing opinions of Christians about what we should or should not do as believers?
While we journey along, I plan to share highlights of what we are learning together. I invite you to join in and share your insights with us!
For now, the following piece was co-written by my daughter-in-law and me and presented last Wednesday in a promotional video produced by her and my son.
The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint
The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved
These are just two definitions of many
As Canadians, as human beings on this earth, freedom is highly valued
We go to war for it
We write books on it
We have governments to govern it
We have based our country on it
We pride ourselves in it
And yet, the moment our freedom is threatened our world is full of questions
Where is our freedom truly?
Will it last?
Are security and freedom able to coexist?
Where are the foundations of our freedom?
But what does God say about Freedom?
If you are like me, you might remember these words,
“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
Jesus said this
The man who gave the ultimate freedom sacrifice
The One who says truth and freedom in the same sentence
True freedom has been a concept grappled with throughout the ages…
Freedom isn’t just a topic for parliament
It’s a topic for everyone. [i]
Paul declares in Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
And in Romans 6:22 he says, “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”
Now, this is freedom that lasts!
Until next time,
[i] **Thank you Amy Grace and Jeremy Lai!!