Even with God Almighty’s help, we are human beings with a totally free will.
Have you ever heard people say that the key to survival is the person’s willpower to survive?
I have and I know first hand what that means. It was easy for me to feel weak and discouraged when alcoholic relatives and family members became more entrenched in denial and abuse.
When there is seemingly no light at the end of the tunnel you might ask the questions, “Why move forward? Why try to make it through?”
When something isn’t your fault, you can feel beaten up and you just want to give up. But as a Christian, we CAN realize that we have something very powerful that sets us apart.
We have forgiveness!
It’s our “not-so-secret weapon” to overcome in this world! God sent His only Son, whom He loved so deeply, to die in our place in order to make the payment for our sins. We are sinners. Sinners deserve death. But instead of giving us what we deserve, God gave us grace and sent Jesus to take our place…
… because He loved us that much.
He loved ME that much.
He saw every sin I have made and everything I will do wrong in the future, and He still chose to forgive all of it, everything! By forgiving my sins, He has given me freedom from pain, from broken-heartedness, from despair. And most importantly, he has given me freedom to forgive others and to not hold anything against someone else.
You don’t have to feel responsible to judge anyone or make them pay for their actions. You can just lay that down at Jesus’ feet and give it over to Him. You are free! It’s amazing, it’s powerful and it is so beyond what we deserve but it feels good.
You feel lighter and don’t have to carry around burdens anymore. He just loves you that much. And that right there is the Gospel and it is such good news! It is the power of being forgiven and being able to walk in grace that sets you FREE and makes you STRONG.
You know, when Jesus said the Truth will set you free, that is a lot more literal than people realize. When we can speak truth into people’s lives and we can unearth and uproot the lies that many people have believed, that’s huge, and that’s very rewarding.
Nothing else will give you such freedom as the revelation of God’s love and His sacrifice for you! Realizing that truth makes you want to jump up and down, shout it from the rooftops and…
…overcome any obstacle!
Yes, you may be going through a trauma but God promised to never leave you, even if others do, and He is right there with you. God also promises that He has plans for our lives,
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future, (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
AND He is…
…able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV).
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.