My gosh, its been sooooo longgggg! Like, its been FOREVER since I have been able to chat with you. And, if I can be completely honest I would say, LIFE got in the way. Okay, see.. NO. That’s not even the TRUTH. Sis, I GOT IN THE WAY! Yes, I….Vesta… Blank Blank…. Greene (Cant share my middle name ROFL.. #embarrassing) got in MY OWN WAY!
Man, I just let the enemy sucker punch me right in the face! For reals. Now, am I proud of it? No! Not by any means. But its the truth and I told you, here, I am going to be nothing LESS than 1000% transparent with you. So, for about 3 months, I let ALL of my fears and insecurities tuck me into my bed at night AND, hold my hand as I walked throughout my day. I walked too close with the lies of the enemy and it nearly almost consumed me.
But anywhosers, That’s a story for another day! lol
What I really wanted to talk about today was FREEDOM. Freedom in the Lord Jesus Christ and what that REALLY and truly looks like. For about a year now, it seems as if the Lord has had me on this journey of getting to truly know WHO He is by the way of intimacy; not “He said, She said” or, by the checking of a list. I believe right now in our society “Christianity” or our “Spiritual Practices” are becoming exactly that…. PRACTICES or RELIGIOUS CYCLES, instead of the outward expressions of our INTIMATE RELATIONS.
When you KNOW of someone, you sorta just know things ABOUT them from what you’ve heard or “assumed”. But KNOWING someone is being VERY confident and SURE of who they are and feeling SAFE interacting with character they portray. Well, at one point. I KNEW of God. And, I assumed He was a God that hated me unless I read the bible EVERY day, prayed 3-6hrs straight, or knew at least 60 out of 66 books of the bible like the back of my hand. I really thought I had to DO things to “WIN” His attention, to literally stay alive, or be considered a TRUE Christian. Like I thought He wouldn’t claim me unless I could complete ALL of these awesome accomplishments like I see advertised and bragged about ALL over the church pulpits or even social media. But, let me set this straight now, there are NO works that will “make” our Heavenly Father love you. You are His because you are YOU.
See, I didn’t truly KNOW the truth. Because I didn’t really know my Heavenly Father. I sorta just knew of Him. And, like ALL children not knowing their origin, their TRUE beginning, their FAMILY… abandonment issues begin and the LIES of the enemy tramples in. And, we seem to cling hold to anything we hear. But, God is a GOOD GOOD Father and He stepped in and rescued me before the grip of the enemy could get any tighter. And, with what I am about to share, I pray these words inspired by Christ does the same for you as He did for me. RESCUES and SETS FREE.
When Jesus died on the cross, we were freed from the bondage/pressure of being “Justified” righteous by works. It was no longer about what we DID, to be righteous but whom/what we believed in. Moses was given the law to pretty much help show us our sins, and how hard it was to uphold the law in excellence without the help of grace. Not breaking ANY of the laws was the ONLY was you could be considered righteous, which if we can be honest, was IMPOSSIBLE! So God pretty much gave Moses the law for us, as a way to help us appreciate what was to come. To show us how much we really needed Jesus, how much we needed His grace and mercy. The law was used as a “mirror” if you will, to show us ourselves.
Now look at this. When God gave Moses the law it was ONLY for the JEWS; meaning NO ONE except Jews could have a possibility of being saved! But when Jesus died for our sins, He died so that we ALL could have a chance, not just the Jews. He also did it, so that we would no longer have to compare ourselves to or uphold 613 laws any longer. He did away with them and fulfilled them ALL at the same time. Check this out, when Jesus died for us, we were ONLY gives 2 commandments/laws; to love God with ALL of our hearts and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Which in turn covered the other laws that were made with Moses, because if you love God, there is NO way you could break those 2 commandments.
How amazing is that?! Such GRACE and MERCY!
Beautie, I have a question for you! What are “man made” laws that we follow today in own ritualistic lives (ones made up in the church or our society) that we THINK can justify our salvation and righteousness? Even though God made it easy for us when He said to JUST BELIEVE in our hearts and be willing to confess it with our mouths, that Jesus is LORD. What else are we trying to do to prove we are worthy or “saved”?
We must stop WORKING for what was FREELY given! That’s just like someone giving you the option of getting a free sandwich just by you being YOU or giving you the sandwich by running 10 miles for it. What would you chose? The option without the running, huh? lol EXACTLY! Why are we treating Gods gift any different? We don’t have to work for His love and salvation! We just have to simply….BE! And, Love Him and His people and ALL else will fall into place!
NO WORKS, NO STRIVING can make you more “attractive” to God. He loves you for YOU! Just like He loved Abraham and considered Him righteous by Faith before he even got circumcised (WORKS). It was because before ALL, He believed and that’s ALL God wanted. His FAITH. NO BIBLE READING, PRAYING, GIVING, SERVING, OR STRIVING WILL MAKE YOU “HOLIER”. None of those are “Forced requirements” by God. He gives us free will and if the undertone of your actions are forced, if your heart isn’t pleasing to God while doing it, it doesn’t count anyway. Do it because you love God. Do it because you want to spread His light. Simply loving God will result in doing those things NATURALLY, trust me!
So, Beautie, I pray this post inspires, and ministers to you in some way! I have struggled for a while with thinking I had to do things perfectly for God to love me. That I had to check off these boxes before I could call on His name. And, it wrecked me. Because sometimes life just gets in the way or we get in the way of ourselves and its HARD to bring out ourselves without calling on Him. It skewed with my view of life, others, and even myself. It caused months of depression, anxiety, and brokenness. Because I didn’t really understand the true meaning of His Grace or His love. I didn’t understand the BEAUTY of Jesus dying on the Cross. I knew of it, but I didn’t get it.
Sis, it took major isolation and consecration to get to this point. Many valley moments to come to this revelation but I thank God with ALL of my heart and Give Him ALL of the Glory for rescuing me. For showing me what TRUE freedom in Him is, so that I now may share it with you. I’d be darned if I’d let you go through the torment that I went through.
You don’t have to check off the “Christian Work Checklist” to gain His love or approval. YOU’VE ALREADY GOT IT. Just live it! FREELY!
You are free Beautie, so ACT LIKE IT!
I love you Girly!
Till’ Next Time,