Do you ever feel like you’re dragging around a weight?
That’s how I started this week. My body ached and my thoughts were a swamp of past and present struggles.
It was time to go to war!
I don’t often pray out loud, but on this day I needed to hear the cries of my heart and as I lifted my pleas the Spirit whispered the truth that I had once again picked up the chain of anger and unforgiveness.
No wonder I felt burdened – those are heavy restraints to carry around.
Don’t you just hate it when the enemy brings up the past trying to defeat your present? Yeah, me too!
So, I spoke my battle cries … telling that demon to leave me alone because I am free in Christ! Then I surrendered my anger, praised God for forgiving me although I don’t deserve it, and cried out my willingness to forgive those who had hurt me.
And then, I repeated the words again and again until they’d worked there way into every cell from the top of my head to the tip of my toes…
Jesus set me free. I am truly free!
My chains are gone! (Don’t you love that arrangement of Amazing Grace?)
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace
~ Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Stan Walker, David Pritchard-Blunt
Freedom in Christ – Our greatest reason for thanksgiving!
Please join me as I pray:
Prayers Thanking God for the Gift of Freedom
So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
Father, through Jesus, I am set free from the eternal consequences of my sin. I am forgiven. Because of Jesus, I am free to forgive others. I am truly forever and always free to celebrate Your love with joy. Thank you! Amen.
He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.
Father, it cost the life of Your Son. I can’t imagine. You are One—equal and eternal. You willingly lived in this sin-filled world, suffered and died because of love. Life-giving self-sacrifice that gives me freedom. Thanks and praise in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Father, thank you for Jesus, the Way, Truth, and Life. What an amazing gift You gave through Your Word made flesh. Thank you for inspiring writers to record Jesus’ life and teachings so Your children generations later might know the truth that gives freedom. Freedom to love and forgive because You love and forgive us. I thank and praise You, Lord of all. Amen.
2 Corinthians 3:17
For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Oh, Father. Thank you for giving Your Spirit. I would be so lost and confused without the whispers and promptings of Your Spirit. Forgive me for foolishly choosing to grab up my chains and drag them around when You have given everything that I might be free. What grace that Your Spirit calls me back to freedom gently lifting my chains as He releases me to live with faith, hope, and love. Amen.
For His unfailing love toward those who fear Him
is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.
The Lord is like a father to His children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.
Father, Your unfailing love is beyond comprehension. Your sin-removing grace overwhelms me. Perfect Father, You are tender and kind. Thank you! Your blessings cover my life and meet my every need. I surrender my all to You. I love You. I praise You. In the freedom giving power of the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
My friends, you and I have so many reasons to celebrate with thanksgiving.
We are free in Jesus! Free indeed!
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