Thursday, August 06, 2009

Freedom: Nancy Carmichael

This is from a friend of ours -- Read it with the understanding of True Freedom -- If you have it you know it because you know Jesus as friend --- If you don't have it, you can... Simply receive Jesus (Romans 10:9). Thanks Nancy for sharing your writing and your heart with all of us!


John 8:36

Unhindered. Unbound.
No fear. No restraints.
No self consciousness.
No self-centeredness.
No judgment. No guilt. No shame.
No regret. No doubt. No pride.
Nothing to hold us down. No-one to keep us back.
Nothing to separate us from God's love.

Everything we've ever dared to dream.

This is freedom.

This is why Jesus came for us.

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,

and provide for those who grieve in Zion-
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
(Isaiah 61:1-3)

This is, in part, why we worship.

We are free to be the men and women God has made us to be.
We are free to display His glory. We are free, as His adopted children,
to claim His glory as our own! We are free to cast off everything that hinders,
and the sin that so easily entangles, and run the amazing race He has marked out for us!
We are free to be OURSELVES, our TRUE selves. And most of all,
we are free to help invite others to walk in this freedom.
This is truly GOOD NEWS.

And this is why we are worship leaders.

Whom the Son sets free IS FREE INDEED!

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