Worship on Wednesday: No Longer Slaves

Worship on Wednesday. A time mid-week to enter in to His presence and be encouraged in your spirit.

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15

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

Live free in the Lord dear sister and brother-in-Christ. Stand firm knowing you have been set free from bondage. You are His child and His spirit is in you. If we are going to be slaves, let us be willing slaves to Christ and His righteousness.

Father, thank you that you loved us first. We are your children, made new by the blood of Jesus and your Spirit lives in us. Now we call you Abba. Thank you that we can now say, I am a child of God! Amen.

May the words of the song, No Longer Slaves by Bethel Worship minister to you today.

Helena

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Finding Freedom From Baggage

Finding Freedom From Baggage. We carry baggage sometimes for years. It's time to leave the bags behind and stand tall.

I thought I was being polite as we moved further down the coffee line at Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington. We (husband & I) were returning from a wedding in Ketchikan, Alaska. With a few hours to spare before boarding the Dallas/Ft Worth flight, my husband deemed a cup of coffee was just what he needed.

Placing his rather large camera bag on the floor to alleviate the burden off his shoulder, we inched forward towards the order desk. With each step my husband moved his camera bag…

…and with each step I repositioned it.

My Spirit Recognized Truth 

You see, I felt the camera bag was in the way, taking up space the other customers may want to use. Did I think their bags were in our way?

No!

Yet, I thought our bag was in theirs. Not only did I feel the bag was in their way, I was also apologizing for me being in their way.

As you can imagine my husband was not to happy with my interference concerning his camera bag. He felt it was perfectly fine where he put it and was not in anyone’s way. Though we did not argue in line his annoyance was evident with “that look”. You know the one that husband and wives have without saying a word, yet speaks volumes.

The next day it came to light that I had been apologizing to fellow travelers the whole trip home. Many words were exchanged as I tried to explain the reason/excuses for my actions. Then my husband said six words which spoke truth registering deep within my spirit. I stood and stared at him, he had just exposed a lie I had believed subconsciously about myself.

“YOU ARE NOT IN THE WAY!”

For years I had felt in the way. I enjoyed my own company and that of family members. However, when it came to others, my conversations were short and I would bow out as soon as another person came on the scene thinking this was the gracious thing to do. After all the other person is who they really wanted to talk with. They were more interesting, they had something to say that the other person wanted to hear. They were funnier, smarter and they were excepted; at least that’s what I believed. So, I got out of their way.

Where is He?

In 1 Samuel 10:17-25 Samuel was to present to the people of Israel who the Lord had chosen to be king over them as they requested. By casting lots it was narrowed down to one family and then one person; Saul. But when they looked for him he was not there. Vs 22-23 “So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?” And the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.” So they found him and brought him out, and he stood head and shoulders above anyone else.

Step Out and Stand Tall

I don’t know when I first believed the lie that I was in the way, but I know I had hidden behind the baggage for years. It was time for me to come out from behind the bags and stand tall.

Are you hiding behind baggage? Do you use it as an excuse? Are you ready to step out and stand tall? As born-again believers in Jesus, we can bring whatever baggage we are carrying to Him and except the payment of his blood for us to live in his freedom. You and I my friend are God’s children. Matthew 11:30 tells us that “His yoke is easy and His burden is light.” Jesus died to set us free, not for us to continue carrying heavy old baggage.

We are not baggage carriers. Let go of the bags!

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

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Do You Throw or Carry Your Burdens?

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I have just returned from my first ever trip to Canada. What a beautiful country! Admittedly, I only saw a small portion of this vast land, but the portion I saw was awesome.

After being reunited with my childhood friend Glenda, and meeting her husband, Andy, at Calgary airport, we made our way south to their home town of Okotoks, just 11 miles away. Okotoks, is surrounded by prairie with a view of the Canadian Rockies rising up to meet the sky in the distance.

I looked out of the car window and I was amazed at the bright, almost florescent yellow fields that greeted me. It would not be the last time I would gaze upon the glimmering yellow canola fields as they were present in abundance.

The vast openness of the prairie was a source of delight and wonder to me. With only a handful of trees dotted here and there, I could literally see for mile, upon uninterrupted picturesque mile. Its beauty rolling out before me in a never ending carpet of green and yellow, reminded me of a verse found in the book of Psalms. (18 vs 19)

He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delights in me.

Sometimes life feels so closed in, we worry and fuss, we busy ourselves with details and we wonder if reprieve is possible. The air we breathe is stuffy, our oxygen saturation numbers are low, spiritually speaking; and we gasp in an attempt to survive. Our thoughts and eyes are clouded and we feel trapped, unable to hold our head up: Life has become heavy and burdensome.

That is not how Jesus, wants us to live.

Learning to Live Light

Matthew 11:28-30 tells us, if we are weary and burdened to go to him. He promised to give us rest. He asked that we take His yoke on ourselves and learn from Him. He said He is gentle and humble in His heart. For the second time within the three verses He reminds us that He will give us rest. He tells us His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

I don’t like living closed in and worn down with a heavy burden. The Lord knows I spent way too long in that condition. Give me the open space of His love and the lightness of His yoke. Such a better way to live.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1Peter 5:7

It’s true! Jesus cares about us. He wants to rescue us and bring us into the spacious place of His rest. So why doesn’t He just do it?

Here’s why!

We were given free will, that means we have the freedom to choose. We can choose to stay weighed down by life, longing for rest, gasping for air. Or, we can choose to cast our burdens and anxieties on Jesus. (Google Dictionary definition of the word cast; to throw something forcefully in a specified direction)

It’s a choice. It’s up to each one of us whether we live feeling trapped or not. The solution is found in Jesus. Ladies (gentleman), let’s get good at forcefully throwing our concerns, burdens, anxieties, disappointments, and all that weighs us down straight at the feet of Jesus….and goodness me! Please leave them there.

Before I sign off it’s time for a book giveaway. Real Love in an Angry world: How to Stick to your Convictions Without Alienating People, released in July, author Rick Bezet, Pastor of New Life Church (NLC) Arkansas.

To enter: simply signup to follow me on Grace Lace and Polkadots Facebook page. That’s it! Nothing complicated. Winner will be announced Monday August 7th and will have until 10pm central time on Wednesday 9th to respond. No response and I will choose another winner. Those already following Grace Lace and Polkadots FB page will automatically be entered.

Join me next week as I travel into the Canadian Rockies.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

 

 

 

 

From Fear to Freedom

 

She couldn’t see him. He was there one moment and gone the next.

My daughter had signed her first born up to join swim team. The same team she swam for as a child. It was his first time to join a summer sports team and he was an excited four year old. She drilled him about listening to and obeying his coach but this particular swim practice he saw something that looked like fun and followed suit…he saw some older boys jump into the pool and thought he would do the same; they could swim, he couldn’t.

My daughter was sitting with the other moms, one eye on her one year old daughter and the other on her son. Various age groups with their coaches were in the water and several life guards were on duty.

Suddenly! She thrust her one year old on the lady next to her (insert shocked lady) and took off running down the side of the pool. Fully clothed she jumped into the water, her little boy was sitting at the bottom of the pool. He was new to swimming and for the most part held onto to his coach or the kick board when practicing. He didn’t possess the knowledge of how to push himself up to the surface. He needed to be rescued.

Physically he was fine. Mentally, he experienced nightmares, waking up crying in the middle of the night. Once I knew about the nightmares I did what any other born again, bible believing, praying grandmother would do. I took authority in the name of Jesus over the fear. As far as I was concerned it was not going to have a foothold in my young grandson.

The thief comes only in order to steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 Amp

Fear is not of God and not how He wants us to live. I’m not talking about healthy parameters, such as, don’t play with fire or jump out of an airplane without a parachute. Our enemy has come to kill, steal and destroy and fear is just one of his tactics.

As born again believers in Christ we have the same spirit that lives in Jesus; that of peace, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Jesus came that we may live free in His truth, free from the lies of the enemy. It’s time for us to believe what the word of God says and not just read it like a story book.

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 NIV

We don’t have to remain in a state of drowning at the bottom of the pool of fear. Our rescuer has come! The price has been paid for our freedom, through the sacrificial blood of Jesus.

We don’t have to live as a shackled Christian: We can live free.

Until next week

My apologies dear reader, I missed last week. I had a post written but it just didn’t sit right with me and, I am not about publishing posts for the sake of getting something out there. I want the posts to be source of encouragement to you in your walk with the Lord.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance.

How has knowing God’s truth set you free? Would love to hear your story, please feel free to share in the comments.

P.S. My grandson is back on swim team this year and now swimming without a kick board.