I find it no coincidence that this declaration is posting on Christmas Day. The day that we celebrate the birth of our Savior, destined to free our enslaved spirits. Throughout the season we sing of His glory, birth and divinity. We put the star on top of the tree and set out our nativities to honor Him. But in all of our celebrating, do we really stop to process just what He’s saved us from? Of course we know He saved us from our sins so we can have eternal life; but do we understand that it’s SO MUCH more than that?
As human beings, we’re complicated creatures, yet, so very predictable. We fall into the same habits and patterns as soon as we lose our focus. Even when we know better. Ask me how I know. Herein lies my point, that Jesus saved us from more than our sins. He saved us from ourselves. His salvation wasn’t just to free us so we may enjoy the next life in eternity, but so we could enjoy this life too.
As Christ-followers, most of us already know this. We know truth. Yet we still revert to a state of self-captivity. We hold ourselves hostage to our thoughts and lies we allow ourselves to believe. Whether it’s because, in true human form, we sinned again, didn’t do something right, let someone down, overloaded our plate and can’t do it all, or we exhaust all our efforts in a difficult situation that gets us nowhere. Or maybe it’s that we’ve yet to let go of something from our past. The list can go on. This is where we become prisoners of our minds; believing that we’re not enough; that we need to do more. Serve more. Pray more. Be better. Seek deliverance. As if any of that will silence our self-judgement; we go right back into the prison Jesus came to free us from. What a tragedy it is to know truth and have the freedom of salvation, yet walk around in the bondage of our own thoughts. Imagine Jacob Marley (A Christmas Carol) and that’s the equivalent to what our self-imprisonment looks like. He walks freely but carries the chains of his own making.
“Before Christ came, we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.
So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world?” Galatians 4:3-7, 9
So as I prayed about what God would have me write for the readers of this post, I kept hearing Him say, “Daughter, I see you.” Daughter. His Daughter. His child. And this is what He said:
Daughter, I see you. You who know Me, my Word and know I’ve set you free from the bondage of sin. You who know truth, mercy, grace, salvation, faith and forgiveness. You who are a pillar in the church, and an example to others; who is no stranger to receiving blessings and being a blessing to those around you. You waste no opportunity to reflect my light as I lead you. You talk to me each day, walk with me, serve and love me with all that is in you. You know my love for you is without limit and unending, and you receive it.
Yet, in all this, you continue to hold yourself captive to your mistakes and your mind. You’ve accepted My grace but refuse to grant grace to yourself. You continue to atone for sins that no longer define you but still haunt. You hold them close as a reminder that you don’t deserve My blessing; so you do all you can to be worthy of the gift I’ve given. You desire so much to please Me, but you’re miserable as you feel all your efforts continue to fall short. You fail to see that in reality you’re trying to earn that which is freely given.
Daughter, I see you. I see you. I have made you worthy. Walk completely in the freedom I have given you, and rest, Beloved. You are no longer a slave, but My child; my heir.
He has made us heirs because we are His children. You are His child. He sees YOU, His daughter. And because you are His daughter, you are no longer a slave. Not to sin, not to this world, not to fear, shame, and especially not to yourself. So as you continue to celebrate today, don’t let the day pass by without acknowledging that you are daughter of the King; and you are FREE!
You are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Heather Whidden loves Jesus, is married to her best friend and is mother of 3 blessings. She is a professional photographer and has a heart for ministry. She loves spending time with her family and friends, writing and reading. Time and people is what she values most. You can read more about her here.