Do you know you have the ability to live in freedom? I mean TOTAL FREEDOM. Freedom from waking up every day hating yourself. Hating your body. Hating the way you look. Hating overeating. Feeling guilt. Feeling dread. We have the opportunity to live in full freedom today. We don't have to live that way any longer!!
There tends to be a "cycle" of freedom. We may be free from our strongholds for a bit (losing weight) --> we have prosperity (we feel good about ourselves, things are better; life is better) --> bondage (but we didn't know how to handle the prosperity and we fell back into our hold habits; we are back in bondage of our old ways again).
I want to tell you today that you are worth more than that vicious cycle. You CAN overcome it. You can break free of those strongholds of fear, anger, self-hate, insecurity and live in self-love, hope, confidence, and happiness.
There are a few ways you can stay FREE.
1. Admit that you need help.
You can't do it alone. Sometimes we think that it can be just between us and God and we won't tell anybody but God will just help us. Well, God WILL help us but he didn't design it that way. God designed it so that we can have relationships with one another and for other people to be involved in our lives to lift us up, encourage us, and be there for us. He has given us the sweet gift of friendships. Friends are the ones that will be there for you when you say, "I need some help."
2. Daily choose to reject Satan's lies
We have to make a conscious choice every single day before our feet hit the ground when we get out of bed that morning, that we WILL reject every lie Satan puts in our head. We will not fall captive to the lies of "you can't do it," "you're not good enough," "you'll never succeed," "it's too late," "people will laugh." They are LIES. You can do it, you are strong enough, you are good enough, it's not too late! We have to know that we are going to be "attacked" and have these moments of doubt and self-pity. But we have to know they are coming, that it's part of it and we have to know how to counterattack when this happens. Be prepared to pray, meditate, read personal development books, whatever it is to encourage you and lift you up each day. Call a friend for encouragement. You CAN reject the negativity, you are strong enough.
3. Choose to receive the truth.
We can make the choice daily to see ourselves how God created us. Strong, independent, beautiful people who were put here for a purpose. We have to stop looking at ourselves the way our twisted minds do and see how God created us, so intricately in His image.
We're not meant to do life alone. We need people in our lives that we can talk with, hug, cry to, laugh with, and call when we need it. I want to tell you today that I'm here for you, as your friend. I want to help you break free and become the best person you can be and be happy and strong and confident and EVERYTHING you want to be. I want to help you be able to live in FULL FREEDOM.
I'm praying for YOU friend.
Prayer from this morning:
Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and praise before you. I surrender myself completely and unreservedly in every area of my life to you. I take a stand against all the workings of Satan in my life. LORD, I resist all the endeavors of Satan and his wicked spirits to rob me of the will of God. I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. I pull down every thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ and loose into myself a sound mind, the mind of Christ. Thank you LORD for setting me free.
Are you ready to be set free??