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Are We Living Free Around the Christmas Tree?

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. - Psalm 18:16-19

As I was looking at my Christmas tree all lit up this morning (even though it looks pretty mangled with two toddlers in our house), I thought over the past year of my life. God has taken me on an amazing and sometimes very painful journey. I have found freedom from my past, healing from old wounds that were buried deep in my heart, and I have broken out of some thick darkness into the Light. I have been a Christian for a lot of years, but I haven’t been living in true freedom until recently, and I definitely was not living in the identity I had inherited from my Father.

Freedom and light.

Two words that I am feeling such gratitude for this Christmas.

I read something recently that stopped me in my tracks and I wanted to share it with you: “Suppose you were a prostitute, and the king had declared that all prostitutes were forgiven. You saw the decree and the seal on it. That would be great news wouldn’t it? You probably would rejoice, but would that news alone change your perspective of yourself? You would probably still perceive yourself as a prostitute. Would it change your behavior? Probably not. You would just not have to sneak around and practice your trade in secret anymore. But what if the king had made you his bride? If you had become the queen, would that change your perspective of yourself? Would it change your behavior? Of course it would! Why in the world would you live like a prostitute if you were the queen? Freedom changes behavior. (1)

Now obviously I’m not condoning prostitution and I’m not saying I was one (I wasn’t!). My point is this: What are we believing, and how do those beliefs affect how we are living?

Are we living in the fullness of our identity as a daughter of God and co-heir with Christ?

I could not always say “yes” to this question. My biggest problem all these years had been that I let Satan deceive me into believing lies about myself and lies about God. I was so distracted and in so much bondage over these lies that I was ineffective for the Kingdom, which is of course exactly what our enemy wants. I lost sight of the fact that I don’t have to listen to him; he has no power over me because of Who my Father is! I do not have to live in defeat. Because of Jesus, I am everything that God wants me to be. I am loved and delighted in just the way I am. And so are you.

Sadly, I believe that so many of us are not living like we believe we are daughters of the King of Kings.

If we are daughters of the King, then that makes us princesses, right? Right!! And when we accept Jesus as our Savior, God’s Word says we become part of the bride of Christ. We are brides and we are princesses. We have inherited complete victory. We must not let our enemy convince us otherwise.

Revelation 19:6-8 says: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was give her to wear.”

Are we remembering that WE WIN?

Let me say that again. Are we remembering that WE WIN?

Christmas is a celebration of the guaranteed victory that is coming! It is a celebration of the fact that God loves us so much that He sent His Son as a baby to save the whole world, and that some day He will return for us and make all things new. Jesus offers freedom and light and victory and we inherit all of this when we become children of God.

I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord, that is my name! - Isaiah 42:6-8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. - Ephesians 5:8

I know I say this so often, but I have to say it again. God’s Word is the reason I am healed, and it is the reason I get through many of my days. I have studied it, researched it, memorized my favorite verses, and grew to love it so much. And somewhere over the course of time, my heart has been healed and set free. Lies were replaced with truth and the enemy was defeated. My mind has also been set free.

Often our biggest battles are in our minds. A quote I love by Beth Moore says: “Jesus saved my soul, but God’s Word saved my mind.” There is a lot of truth in that statement.

I wanted to share a few more of my favorite thoughts and Scriptures with you this Christmas season. My prayer for you is that you will be reminded of what an amazing miracle the gift of Jesus is to us. He gives true freedom, and HOPE, which is a miracle that I am celebrating with my whole heart this year!

I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. - Psalm 119:32. Obeying Jesus and a love for God’s Word will bring freedom every time.

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. - Psalm 19:7-8. God’s Word brings life, wisdom, joy to the heart, and light to the eyes. I am a living testimony of that truth. My husband and close friends have told me that even my eyes are different now - they are filled with light. Praise the Lord.

Are you living like you really believe you are set free? Are you secure and aware of your identity as a princess of the King and bride of Jesus Christ? I pray that is true for every one of us today. And if that isn’t true for you, I pray that God will guide you every step of the way until that becomes your reality.

AFTER ALL, IT’S WHY HE CAME.

God, we are so thankful You are Light. In You there is no darkness at all. Thank you for Jesus and for Christmas, for second chances and for freedom. Help us to live in our true identities and to experience the freedom that has been Your plan for each of us from the very beginning. Lord, let our hearts be focused on You and Your healing Word over this holiday season. Amen.

What are you celebrating this Christmas? I would love to hear from you below!

Source:
(1) "Who I Am In Christ" by Neil T. Anderson - Bethany House Publishers, 2001. Page 92

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