"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
How many times have you told yourself, "If I just could win the lottery my life would be simpler," or "If I had just a bit more money, all my obligations would be lighter"? Sadly, we pin ourselves with these self-imposed inflictions by determining these external expectations we believe will quench our thirst for what we believe to be the true aspect of FREEDOM.
Yet a deeper look at freedom depicts a state of mind. Freedom is defined "as the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint." Freedom is the willingness to make conscious choices of our own free will and to live through the consequences of our choices without blame, shame, or guilt. When you are aware of total freedom you realize it encompasses your mental, emotional, and physical well-being not your state of affairs. We all have the tools to enable freedom in our lives, yet we often chose our own self enslavement at the blame of others.
I know you're thinking of all the things that keep you from being free: your children, money, laws, obligations, rules, taxes and such. But the simple fact is what you believe, how you feel, what you do, and how you respond to any given circumstance is the true reflection of your freedom. Unfortunately, the things we think will give us ultimate freedom actually keep us in bondage. These things are usually demanded in prayer because we feel they will make us feel better about ourselves. Take a look at your present life. Do you have your immediate needs met? Then you do have the freedom to live as you please and do as you wish.
Realize that God's pure grace is freedom. Know that God's perfect plan for your life as already set you free. Freedom is a state of mind. You can choose to be free, or you can choose to remain in the bondage your own mind creates. You are free now, what you perceive as confinement is a manifestation of your own reality - not God's. Pray for a new outlook and peer into what God has given you with pleasure.
1. Are you feeling suffocated by your life lately? Ask God to lift those chains.
2. Pray that God gives you the keen insight to breathe in that sense of FREEDOM he allows all his followers.
3. Share a prayer of thanks right now for everything God has graced you. Realize that affirmations bring the pleasure of freedom.
4. Ask yourself, "What must I do to experience freedom today?"