Day 19: To move forward, we must RELEASE!
Dear His Beloved,
To truly experience the love of the Father, we must remove things that hinder the flow. His desire as the perfect Father is that everyone would experience His love and the fullness of the life He calls us too, but far too often we cling to other things that He has called us to release. And in clinging, we hinder receiving. To receive, we must be willing to open wide our hands and make space for the MORE!
When I think of clinging I think of stones and when I think of stones, I immediately think of the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery. The law says she deserves to be stoned, so the "religious people"take her to Jesus to see if He will call for her stoning. We can assume she is barely dressed, if at all. We can assume she is gripped with fear for her life while shame, guilt, and condemnation are rising up from a deep dark place that has overtaken her soul. The humiliation must have been unbearable as she is taken to the feet of Jesus.
However, to the surprise of the men who place her on display for all to see, Jesus doesn't condemn her. He doesn't further wound her spirit with His words. He doesn't lash out a hand or give the eyes of disapproval. Jesus says, "You without sin cast the first stone." And to her surprise the men drop their stones and leave. Can you even imagine? The way of Jesus was different than Law. The way of Jesus for many was scandalous. He operated out of love and grace and mercy and without condemnation.
To be like Jesus we must see as He does and love like He does and be a vessel of Grace like He is.
What I have seen is that so many are missing their destiny or the fullness Jesus came to bring, because they are holding on to stones though the call of Jesus was to lay them down. I have ministered to women who stood on both sides of that line though. There are those that feel such great need to see restitution for their pain and someone should pay. And while your pain is valid, the problem is that holding on to that stone is more toxic to your own soul than theirs. The person that hurt you 3 months ago, or 3 years, or 30 years ago did the damage then, but yet even today the pain lingers. Haven't you lost enough of your life? Laying this stone down is not about them, but about your freedom.
The other woman I see more often that I would have ever imagined is the woman that holds the stone aimed at the woman in the mirror. Her disappointment in herself over her choices or how her life as turned out have stolen her joy. Her regret over her past pain has played a huge part in nailing her to current circumstances and have kept her living in a place permanently that should have been a season.
May I take you back to Jesus and the adulterous woman? He told her ....I don't condemn you for there is no condemnation in Christ, so go and sin no more.
He didn't demand 7 steps to freedom or penance or intense therapy. He said, Go, and basically in a moment she was restored. He is in the business of instant restoration and us living captive when He gave His life for our freedom is like saying what you did was not enough. Wasn't it enough sister?
He came to set you free. It seems almost too good to be true, but He says I make all things new and that includes you!
To receive the MORE of your future and to move forward truly allowing Him to finish what He started in you, you need to release the pain, release the past, release religion, release your story and then you can chisel through to your soul allowing the spirit of the Lord in and where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom!
The woman in the mirror is dying to be set free!
Love Your Life,