God’s word is filled with the promise of freedom to those who abide, and yet so many of us find ourselves back in the chains Jesus set us free from again and again. Why is that? How do we find lasting freedom?
It’s hard to step out in faith; to make the decision and go. You have to choose to go right, go left, or stay the current path. So, how do you decide? What does it look like to submit to the Lord in any given situation? How do you know if you’re making the best decision for the long-term? How do you trust?
Friends, this is a critical moment in your journey to discern your place in God’s Kingdom and what He might be asking of you. It’s important to slow down here and really consider who is directing you. Are you inviting the Holy Spirit to guide you? I pray you do. This one enabler of your faith will dramatically change your ability to go forward confidently…even if not entirely unafraid. We remain human, of course, but we are empowered if only we choose to accept and engage our Holy Spirit advocate.
This journey has been a process. It has been hard and I have had to let go of plans, expectations, and comforts. I am here today because I keep calling on Him for where to place my next step. The process is much harder when I try to do it alone and if I have learned anything, it is to always run towards Him because even in the hurt, heartache, and adversity, He always knows. That is what has kept Imani (which means faith in Swahili) alive; always faithfully following him even if it involves no power and many bug stories along the way.
Jesus came to give us an abundant life because that’s part of God’s plan for us. But just as Jesus had to die before He could rise from death, we must also die to sin before we can step up into our place in His Kingdom; into the plans He has for us. But what does that really mean? And, if Jesus defeated sin, why does it really matter?
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