// And You who hold the stars. Who calls them each by name. Will surely keep, Your promise to me. That I will rise, in Your victory! //

Take Courage: Kristene DiMarco

You’re not defeated until you take your last breath.

Welcome, Chasers!!

The journey of freedom is different for everyone. You can’t define your freedom by how someone else has done or appears to be. We have a severe case of comparison plaguing our churches.

Last week we covered some of my personal freedom in Founding Freely. Now let’s talk about the freedom you have to keep fighting for. This is different for everyone. It’s like watching movies and everyone liking something different. Some find the movies funny. Some find them sad. Some love the thrills. Some find it awful altogether.

The point is your battle is yours, but not really. Well maybe? Kind of? I’ll explain that as we continue on. The only true breaker of chains is in Christ alone. The beauty of the freedom is a process. Questionable as it seems, how you view your process is how you deal with “the wait.” You either appreciate it or you hate every minute. Maybe somewhere in between.

Waiting in any sense stinks. Waiting in the Lord can seem like an eternity. You get a promise of overcoming an obstacle in your life then BAM! Either another battle or another waiting season. It can seem like your promise will never come.

“Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.”

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Another translation is found in New Living Translation (NLT) that helped me personally understand the meaning of this scripture.

“Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.”

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Freedom is a scary word. It’s like worship. You have to live it out. When you keep pressing in, your scary word becomes your standing point of courage.

Walking out freedom means you choose to be free. Daily. It’s not always easy, & sometimes it’s the hardest thing you ever do. Separating yourself from your old ways. Setting up new environments, and starting new habits.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

So back to the phrase we mentioned earlier, “the point is your battle is yours, but not really.” You see when you’re walking with the Lord. The battle is already won. You’re a victor.

“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’”

‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭20:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

So taking it back means choosing daily to be a victor. Not a victim. Freedom doesn’t mean the attacks of the enemy aren’t real or won’t still come, but you no longer give them the power to control or rule your life.

Taking it back means taking the overwhelming thoughts of the enemy that tell you that you are everything but a child of God and kicking them out. You are strong. You are powerful. You are worthy.

Next week we will be looking at the great mountains in our life. Things that seem so impossible. But an encounter with Jesus can change everything.

If you’ve found this enjoyable, please like, & share! If you’ve got a testimony of how these posts are transforming your life, we’d love to hear that too! Until next time, peace & blessings!!