Beloved, you were meant to live in total freedom. And this includes every situation or circumstance you may find yourself in; especially, the crazy times we’re living in now! So, in that regard, I want to give you some tips on “sheltering in place” today, because you’ve been placed in Christ in heavenly places! And He wants you to shelter in Him, because it’s from this place where your freedom lies.
One of my favorite Graham Cooke quotes really sets up the premise of our relationship with God.
“God does not deal with you according to what’s wrong with you but with what’s missing in your experience in Christ.” (Graham Cooke)
Two things here. First, God is not the least bit interested in fixing the old you! This may surprise you but there’s no knowledge of your sin in heaven. There can’t be under this glorious new covenant! (See Rom.6:2-11; 2 Cor.5:19; Heb. 1:3; 8:12; 10:17). While sin does affect us here on earth, God seems to think He buried your sin with Christ and He’s not remembering it anymore We should think that, too. We also need to know that the only thing God is interested in is forming Christ in you!
This is what we need to repent from—living according to our old self instead of according to our life in Christ. If we don’t get this, we will pray ineffective prayers and live a frustrating life of defeat instead of freedom and victory that Jesus gave us on the cross.
Here’s a few truth bombs from Dan Mohler (from “Alive and Changed on the Inside“):
“We’ve so lorded where we’ve been instead of who we are in Christ, but none of this has to do with who we are. That’s why He calls it all dead! That’s why we have to die to all of this if we’re ever going to live, so that it takes away everything we’ve been.
“Why are we following our own human experience when we’re called to follow Him?”
“But we must start where Jesus finished, and not go back…”
Beloved, our life truly STARTS where Jesus finished on the Cross. This doesn’t mean that He won’t heal of our past, but He does it by replacing the lies we believe with the truth.
Next, notice what the writer of Hebrews is telling us here….
As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us.
2 We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. (Heb 12:1-2a TPT*)
There are two things here that show us how to walk in freedom.
First, we let go of every wound that has pierced us, along with our sins that He has nailed to the cross and buried.
The second most important thing is that we turn away from the natural realm and we fasten our eyes on Jesus who will do all the transforming and perfecting necessary in us.
So…in light of this, I have a question….
What triggers you?
I’m sure you’ve heard of trigger warnings. Triggers are the things that set us off…that give us flashbacks to traumatic events, vivid memories, sometimes feeling as if you are transported back to the event. They can create intense physical reactions to the intense emotion felt.
Triggers are situations or things you experience that get a reaction from you, or cause you to lose control or get angry. We see a lot of people being triggered these days!
So….what hangs you up? What wounds have pierced you? Where have you played the victim? What makes you uncontrollably angry? What circumstances set you off?
Where has this life been more real than your life in Christ?
Think about this for a moment. Jesus said “the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.” (John 14:30). Jesus had no triggers, no hooks in Him that the enemy could manipulate to get Him to act out in any way contrary to who He was in God.
And this is precisely how God is trying to work in your life, to expose and free you from the lies you believe that set you off.
He wants us to believe fully what He’d done to us on the Cross and stop making other stuff up about how we see ourselves. Again, Dan Mohler from the same message:
“We’ve created a language based on how it’s been in our life experience, and Jesus is saying through the cross, ‘What are you talking about?’ That’s supposed be part of everything dead, it should die in your language, too.”
Beloved, we walk under an open heaven–24/7! It doesn’t matter what situation we may walk into, or circumstance this life may throw at us, we’re called to change the atmosphere to that of heaven wherever we go! But when life starts speaking a little louder than truth in our soul, we’ll start to believe we’re not free. And that problem, dear reader, is totally between our ears.
But this truth is not something you can study or have told to you. Truth that is transformational is revelatory truth; it must be revealed to us. We’ll talk more about that next time.