“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” –Isaiah 61:1
This Scripture was fulfilled through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to save us, heal our hearts and set us free. However, the enemy works hard to deceive us in ways that keep us from experiencing freedom in Christ. We struggle to accept the truth of our identity in Christ and we try to heal our own hearts and change our lives apart from Christ. Walls are created in our relationship with God, separating us from living the life we were created to live.
We need Jesus to heal our brokenness and set us free from the enemy’s lies so that we can experience freedom to live the life we were created to live. As Jesus heals our hearts and sets us free, we experience true fulfillment in Jesus Christ, transforming our homes and community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The past couple of days I’ve struggled with fear, worry, condemnation, insecurity and doubt. I have felt unseen Walls in my relationship with God. I’ve looked within my heart to see any sins that needed to be confessed. I tell God that I am struggling and need His help, yet I continue to struggle. I begin to question my ability to help anyone experience freedom because of my obvious lack of personal freedom. This question leads to a series of questions about my heart and I begin to feel unqualified to serve in ministry. I have the thought that maybe I should just quit – give up. As I hear the thought to quit and give up, I realize that I’ve actually been under spiritual attack the past couple of days. How did I miss the onset of this attack? Why did I wait until the thought of giving up to recognize the presence of the enemy?
The answer is because the enemy is often very subtle. The enemy does not want us to recognize him at work in our lives. The enemy wants us to focus inward and our futile attempts to change the condition of our hearts, relationships and lives. The enemy doesn’t want God’s children to recognize his attacks on our lives and he certainly doesn’t want us to know how to experience freedom from his attacks.
Freedom Week is a time to seek God’s presence in our lives. As a church, we set aside a specific time to seek freedom from any unseen Walls in our relationship with God. We seek freedom from ways that the enemy has worked in our lives to create fear, shame, condemnation, pride and any other Walls in our lives. We seek freedom to hear more clearly from the Spirit and experience a greater revelation of God’s love for us. We seek freedom from a false sense of who we are so that we can walk in our true identity as God’s sons and daughters.
There is a lot at stake during Freedom Week at Kingsland. Some of us are being attacked in such a way that the enemy is tearing our families apart. Some of us don’t recognize the lies we’ve been told but are weary from trying so hard to cover our insecurities, shame and condemnation. We are secretly exhausted from wearing the mask of performance and isolation. And some of us have experienced freedom in our lives and God has even more He wants to do in our lives.
God is for our freedom. The enemy is against our freedom. Our freedom changes our lives, changes our families and ultimately God gets the glory. The Gospel is proclaimed as a result of transformed lives and His story becomes our story. Yes – a lot is at stake during Freedom Week.
Where Are You?
After the enemy’s attack on Adam and Eve, they hid from God. Scripture tells us in Genesis 3:8-9, “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
Ask the Lord to help you answer these questions:
- Where are you in regards to seeking God and freedom in your life?
- Where are you possibly hiding behind the Walls of performance, shame and fear?
- What Walls were identified as a result of taking the Walls Assessment? (Go to Kingsland.org/walls to complete the Walls Assessment)
- Ask God to show you what you need to surrender in order for you to experience more of God’s presence and freedom in your life.
- Ask God to show you any lies that you believe about spiritual warfare.
LORD, thank you that you’ve called me out of darkness and into your light. Thank you for giving your life for me so that I can be healed and set free from any kind of Wall in my life.
You know every lie that the enemy has told me. You know where I need healing and freedom in my life. You see the Walls in my relationship with you and with other people. I confess that I don’t have the power to heal my heart, free myself or change my life. I need you to show me where I need healing and freedom and I need you to help me trust you to lead me to freedom.
LORD, heal my heart and set me free from anything that is separating me from living the life you created me to live.
In Jesus Name, Amen.