Freedom from within
By Kenetra Adams
“Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)
Freedom is not a state of situation or current circumstance, but more of the state of your heart. It is not in the shirt that says “Freed,” or the bracelet that states “Freedom,” or the song that declares “I am Free.” It is the awareness of no longer looking for the approval of man or looking over your shoulder to see who is watching. Freedom is forgiving. It is making a choice to see through the Father’s eyes and retrieving a download of His plan for Life.
Looking through the prison bars of spoken lies fed me the wrong view of my Father. I sat at a table where I allowed strangers to bring a potluck of words, and I ate from them. The lies rearranged the pieces of my life and caused it to create a disastrous chaos. Looking around for approval of man and taking the seat of a victim, I became passive aggressive, not taking opportunity to live a life that I was equipped to live. The confidence of who I am was encased in a works mentally. The pat on the back and those false praises that quickly faded became good enough. Comparison became a focus. The reality of who I was created to be was being compromised because I had muted God’s voice in my life.
My heart experienced disappointment in more ways than I could have imagined. The brokenness of my life was clearly exposed. During this brokenness God’s light broke through and I allowed my heart to be captured by Jesus. As He captured my heart with His love, I instantly could see me running like a little girl through a field. Smiling big, wearing a long flowery dress, and feeling beauty all over me. I could sense that Jesus was near and all around. The freedom that I experienced while in this moment helped me to desire a deeper relationship with Him. A relationship that wasn’t seen outwardly, but that was deeply experienced. I began to make decisions that pulled me closer to God. This included me spending time on my porch with Him. Talking to Him and listening to Him like I would with my best friend.
My eyes, the way I saw, changed. For the first time, I saw His image was not only within me, but it was also eventually translated outwardly. He really did capture me. Not to give me all these rules or a list of to-dos, but to set me free of shame, performance, and false love of myself. He has captured my heart over and over again. Be encouraged to move in closer to God. He is in you and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. True freedom is not a state of circumstance but a state of the heart!