This verse has just exploded in my heart! Bless His Holy Name!
I used to spend so much time working on my relationship - trying to be good enough for God; trying to get everything right for those I loved here on earth. I would spend time pointing out all the things that are wrong with me and then try to be disciplined enough to correct them. I still catch myself from time to time...working hard at staying on the right track so I don’t slip back into bad habits that God has helped me overcome...
Mercy! I spend more time wearing myself out trying, than I do just rejoicing in the wonderful new relationship I have with God. Relax! Just hang out!
I can REJOICE in my wonderful new relationship all because my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has made me friends again with God through His death on the cross. Nothing that I deserve, by no means; but because I believe in Him, I get to dance... I get to dance with the One who knows my soul like no one else, and still loves me like no one else. I get to be Friends again!
My Pastor, Vance Pitman, just said in service this past weekend, “YOU HAVE BEEN REDEEMED AND FORGIVEN! YOU ARE SET FREE!” FREE!! I don't think I even know what FREE really means. WOW! Get up and walk out of the prison cell, Michelle - the door is wide open...YOU ARE FREE!
Isn't it something how you can be a slave to something for so long that when you become physically free, you are still a slave mentally; and FREEDOM is then uncomfortable? What a shame! I don't want to throw aside what Jesus did on the cross for me... I don't! So...
"...since I have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ” (Romans 5:9) I am going to learn to grab hold of this thing called FREEDOM and REJOICE in this wonderful new relationship I get to have with a Holy God! Who's with me?!
LORD You take my breath away!