Scripture: John 8:31-32
Journal: What are the areas of your life right now where you are not experiencing freedom? If you are not free, what are you believing that is not true?
Reflection: If the truth sets us free, then when we are not free it must be because we are believing something that is not true. Makes sense, right? But the big question is: What is it? What am I believing that keeps me living a life of fear and bondage? Identifying that belief is key in the process of change and freedom.
I guess it’s different for everyone, but for me one of the main things I believe that simply is not true is this: What people think about me and say about me determines my value and my worth. It is a belief that buried deeply in the fabric of my being and one that has far-reaching implications. For instance, when I believe that my value and worth are determined by what people thing and say, comparison is constant. It becomes a way of life. Worth and value are a scarce commodity that must be competed for. Secondly, insecurity is rampant. My entire sense of well-being is determined by people opinions and reactions to me, which change daily. Which then means that anxiety is prevalent. I must always worry about how others are perceiving me. Next, rest is impossible. How can I rest if my value is constantly on the line? And finally, performance is predominant. I must always be “on.” I can never let up. Who I am is constantly determined by what I do.
There are a lot of things you can call such a life, but free is not one of them. This is ultimate bondage. Only when I change my belief, only when I truly believe that my worth and value are determined not by what I do, but by whose I am, everything changes. I am valuable because of the One who made me uniquely and loves me dearly. That is not something I can lose.
Closing Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that when you set us free, we are free indeed. Help us to live like it. Amen.