Freedom from Restrictions?
Slowly, bit by bit, the restrictions of the last few months are being relaxed and lifted. We are all getting slightly confused, though, with what rules still apply in different parts of the country! For some the lack of physical contact with family and friends has been the hardest part. We miss those bonds of love and companionship outside of our household, being with other people. While others have missed the large outdoor spaces and are now flooding back to visit the mountains and the beaches. It is not just for exercise, but to enjoy the peace and tranquility. For many people there is a feeling of freedom when you are out in the wide-open spaces of this amazingly beautiful planet. There is also a place of no restrictions that has nothing to do with the literal wide-open space, but everything to do with real freedom!
A New Season?
What if I mean, in faith, starting to remove the restrictions you place on yourself? Could it be that the wide-open space, the place of freedom is a mindset? Is God whispering to your spirit? This may be a time to re-imagine the way ahead. A time to seek God for fresh direction and purpose. Some things which have come to an end during lockdown may not restart. Conversely it may be that this time has given you a new outlook and fresh interests which you want to develop further. Is it time to move into a new season where God is stretching you to reach out for more?
Sometimes before God can do something new for us, He has to change something within us – He has to change our view of Him. Often we limit ourselves because we limit God!Tweet
God created each one of us uniquely, with an individual plan and purpose for our lives. Only you can do, what you can do! You see we all have a bad habit of comparing ourselves to other people.
We need to get this into our spirit, we are unique. We are God’s masterpiece, and we are not mass produced.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”Psalm 139:14
When we look competitively at someone else’s life, and we start to compare ourselves to others, our focus slips. It is then that envy and covetousness try to gain a hold. Seeds of discontent start to creep in. If we are not careful, we look at what we think we lack, rather than what we have been given. We justify to ourselves, if only I had what they had, then I could be doing what they are doing – but the fact is, you are not meant to be doing what they are doing!
God has a plan for you, which fits perfectly who you are, because God made you for that reason.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”Ephesians 2:10
Stepping Out in Faith
So what are the restrictions that hold us back from exploring the wide-open space of God’s grace? Fear? Fear of failure, and fear of what other people might think?
May our choices be led by faith, rather than be governed by fear!Tweet
When we realise that we are set free from fear in God’s perfect love for us, we are released to try, to step out trusting that what God has prepared for us to do, he will enable us to do. In God’s plan we find, a place of blessing, a place where there is a deep inner rest for our souls – that is the place of our calling!
God’s unique plan for you is exactly that, and to be able to walk in that plan free from other people’s expectations, is the freedom of being yourself in the Lord!
“By entering through faith into what God has always wanted for us – set us right with him, make us fit for him – we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand – out in the wide-open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise”.Romans 5:1-2 MSG
Will you join with me? Edging out into the wide-open space, to shout our praise and glory to God, visible for all to see, with the freedom to be ourselves, secure in our God given identity.
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