I have spent a large majority of my life in chains.
Bound by fear and doubt, concerns about how people saw me, plagued by the belief that I was never going to be good enough, that I would never measure up.
It is a miserable place to be and I know that God doesn’t want us to live this way. Recently I started the Fall Hello Mornings challenge. We are studying the book of Ephesians. This week we have been reading Ephesians 1: 1-14.
Specifically we are looking each day at what truths, promises and commands we find in these verses.
Verses 7-10 stood out for me and I wanted to share it here with you! (The Message translation)
7-10 “Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.”
Did you see that?? God doesn’t want us to live barely free He wants us to live Abundantly free!
And to do so we have to start letting go of the lies and start claiming the promises!!
LIE: “I will never measure up…never be good enough”
TRUTH: “Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.”
LIE: “I don’t belong”
TRUTH: “Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ.”
LIE: “I don’t have a purpose, I am not valuable”
TRUTH: “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”
Friends when the lies come, and believe me they will because the enemy wants nothing more than to bury you with them….start claiming the promises instead. Say them out loud if you have to! Praise God for the truths He set for us in His Word and live free!
What lie have you been believing and what truth are you going to claim today instead??