Hey NLC Epping!!!
It was great seeing you all this past weekend. I just wanted to follow up with all of you and remind you about a few things we learned this past Sunday. As we continued in our current series, "Who Do You Think You Are", we learned that we are FREE. God does not want us to be defined by our past and what we have done, but rather He wants us to be defined in light of what HE has done. Take a look at this scripture:
"Therefore, you are no longer a slave, but a son or a daughter. And if you are His child, then you are also an heir through God" Galatians 4:7
God promises us that we are His heirs when we are adopted into his family. God's desire for us is to be free from the things that have taken us hostage... our worries, doubts, anxiety, disappointments, expectations, bitterness, resentment.... These are all things that can hold us hostage. But when we realize that we are heirs and are entitled to all that God has for us, we can be free from all of these things. God wants us to experience joy, peace, and love, but that will only come when we realize that we need to let go of the things that enslave us and take hold of the freedom that God has ALREADY given us. We just need to actually take it and live in it.
Who do you need to forgive to experience freedom? Maybe an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend? Maybe your spouse or another family member? Do you need to forgive yourself?
Matthew 5:48 says this, "Therefore, just as your heavenly Father is complete in showing love to everyone, so also you must be complete"
Remember that Christ first loved us. He died for us so we can live a life of freedom. His desire for us is to live with this freedom and to not be held captive by the things that so many of us struggle with. Take hold of His freedom today.