LSOF: The Reflection of Freedom

LSOF:  The Reflection of Freedom

 

We all have struggles in our walk of faith, we all have hurts, hang-ups, and things that have tormented us at some point in our lives.  We have all been called nasty names, been told that something we do wasn’t good enough to standard, we have been picked on, we have been criticized, we have been humiliated in front of a crowd, we have been called out, we have been chastised, we have been put in “time-out” a one time or two, we have caused pain to others, we have had a want for revenge, we have been so angry that we cried ourselves to sleep, we have been lied to, we have been cheated on, we have had something stolen, we have rebelled, we have indulged in things not healthy for us, we have cut our skin, we have taken pills or had drugs to feel better, we have thrown something through windows, written letters to make us feel better and hurt the others….

Much has been done to us, and much has been done by us….All sin is counted the same.

For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with [a]some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. (2 cor 10:12)

I believe this verse is meant to not compare ourselves to anyone, but the context seems to mean more of “position” or “gifting”- However, I believe it is okay to use it here too, because plainly, we can’t compare our sin to another’s sin…we can’t say, “ That person did much worse than I did,”….I think its pretty clear that Jesus told the people who could cast the first stone….He without sin.

God wants us to deal with the stuff that has been done to us, and the stuff that we have done…and the true measure of grace states that if we choose not to forgive those who have hurt us, then our sins will not be forgiven until we do.

But everything has its process, and everything has its step.

For about 6 months, God kept showing me the words, “ Face to Face,” and I wasn’t sure why, but it was in everything….

What I didn’t know was the I was about to walk through the hugest journey of my entire life, and I realized that while some stones may have been thrown my way over the years, that I surely threw plenty myself….and now I was going to deal with both sides.

It took a lot of praying, and dealing with it, worship, and being in God’s word…and one night I saw the verse I was supposed to see.

Abram and Sarai in the beginning, went about the whole having a son thing in the wrong way. They thought they would, “ Help God,” and use Hagar to sleep with Abram so she would produce a son for them.  Well, Sarai became jealous, and despised Hagar, and told her husband that she thought Hagar resented her.  He told her to do whatever she wanted to with Hagar, because he didn’t want anymore on his hands.

Hagar runs to the desert and God finds her there, He speaks tenderly to her, and tells her that her son will prosper too, and then tells her to go back to submit to Sarai.

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen[a] the One who sees me.” (Genesis 16:13)

When I saw this verse, “ I have now seen the one that sees me.” it about did me in…and I whispered aloud, “ face to face.”

I pictured how when you are in a pit the only direction you have to look to is up…and I think this is exactly what this all meant. At least for my own life application.

I think its alright to suggest maybe that when you see God face to face…your own face changes.

My ears had heard of you
    but now my eyes have seen you.

(Job 42:5)

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. (Exodus 34:29)

I think its also maybe safe to say that a peace comes from seeing God face to face, because we realize He is still God, and we do not have to take it on alone. He sets us free from our sin, and we need to walk it out daily in remembrance….we need to remember that He has changed our names….Jacob had to be told twice his name was, “ Isreal,” and sometimes we need that reminder too.

 
So now, let’s tackle the title of this post…what does it mean to have a reflection of freedom in our lives…We have to forgive, and we have to pray for those that hurt us with blessing, and we have to ask for forgiveness from God, and then be confident that we have been forgiven.
 
If our hearts are at peace, so will our face be.  People will actually see a difference on our face. And when we let go of unforgiveness, its actually possible to feel the face untighten…
 
A reflection of freedom is living a life that shows the world we are free, because bondage says we are slave to it, but because of Grace we don’t have to stay there.  We have to live everyday knowing that the same resurrection power that rose Jesus from the grave is the same power that breaks the chains in our lives today.

Even the ones we caused.

So if you are FREE…be sure to tell your face 🙂

 
 
 
 

 

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