Friday, April 24, 2015

"We Are Not Our Own" by Sherri Sand

Do we hear God crying out to love us?

His point being : You are viewing My love as dependent on what you do, not who you are. And you are My beloved child.

That caught my attention.

I want to walk free from performance with a fierceness you can’t imagine.  I crave that freedom.

When we talk about being wrapped in His arms of love, do we really feel wrapped by Him? Do we steal into a place of freedom and love that His presence is designed to bring us?

I don’t know if many people follow that invitation or if they even know what freedom looks like.

I have met Him in the still places of my heart.  I’ve heard His laughter, felt His arms around me, and looked into His eyes.

And I want more.  I want to dive into the deep places of God.

That’s His desire for each one of us.

So how do we get there?

First, we have to believe that He is who He says He is and peel away mindsets and traditions that steal away His consuming love for us.

Did you know we can read the Bible through a religious mindset? The enemy is crafty in his purpose to steal truth from our hearts, kill our ability to receive God’s love, and destroy our hope and destiny.

If satan can warp and twist our perceptions so we don’t see a Father on bended knee who delights for us to run into His waiting arms, we will see a stern disciplinarian, itching to point out our sins and flaws.

Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14), which means that he can masquerade as walking in the Kingdom of God in order to lead us into darkness.

A mindset that focuses on sin and reads the Bible as a manual to eradicate it from our lives misses the fullness of love that rings through the word of God.

When we read in Genesis that God called out for Adam, “Where are you?” what tone do we hear?  Boredom?  Impatience?  Do we hear the anguished cry of a father who just lost connection with his son?

God didn’t blame Adam or Eve.  Neither did He curse them.  He put the blame squarely where it needs to be—on the serpent (Gen. 3:14).

He gave Adam and Eve the consequences of their actions, and then He cursed the serpent, the ground, and himself (Gen. 3:17; Gal. 3:13).

Neither does He blame you.

Jesus took your place so you can have the fullness of His freedom and love.  He longs for us to run into His arms. 

Sherri Sand is an author and speaker. Her unique perspective unlocks truths and biblical mysteries to bring hope to the hurting and peace to the stressed. She desires to lead people into a deeper relationship with God, where living as victorious overcomers becomes the norm rather than an elusive desire. To read her blog and discover more about living in spiritual wholeness and about Sherri’s novel, Leave it to Chance, visit her web site.

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