Freedom Costs

Out of my distress I called on the LORD;
the LORD answered me and set me free

Psalm 118:5

I feel so much pain inside me, and tears are in my eyes.
It feels too much to bear.
It’s so difficult to face.
It’s exhausting.

Jesus is my strength, and I know he will enable me to face the agony within.

I want to be free and I want to be healed.

Freedom costs.

It cost Jesus his life.
It will cost me.

You will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.

John 8:32

I’ve unknowingly nurtured the pain: it’s become part of me and it’s difficult to let it go.

It’s the source of deeply ingrained negative habits and coping mechanisms.

It’s become an excuse: for self pity, for destructive behaviours, for negative attitudes.

I’ve been clinging to these things, for they have become part of me.

Am I willing to let go, and to change?

Am I willing to repent?

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 51:7-10

Lord Jesus, you have paid the price for my freedom.
I repent of nurturing the pain inside me, and of clinging to it.
I repent of allowing it to become an excuse for self pity, for destructive behaviours, for negative attitudes.
I repent of all the deeply ingrained negative habits and coping mechanisms I’ve developed.
I repent of my stubbornness and unwillingness to change.

I ask for your forgiveness.
I ask you to give me the strength I need
to face the torment inside me,
and the ability to let it go.
I surrender to you.
I trust you to set me free!

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:36

Now the Lord is the Spirit,
and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

2 Corin 3:17

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