Let Freedom Ring
Freedom – The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Take a moment and ask yourself “Am I free?” For years I thought that I was free because I was living and breathing. I had the right to say what I wanted to say, live how I wanted to live, and do what I wanted to do. In all actuality I was in bondage to toxic relationships, drugs, insecurity, fear, mind battles, and depression. I wore a mask for almost my entire life. I had moments of happiness, so I just knew that I was free. The craziest thing about it all was, I was going to church 2-3 times a week. I would shout, scream, intercede, praise dance, pay my tithe and offering, and even preach the Word, but I still lacked freedom.
God was using me, so there was no way possible that I lacked freedom, right? My husband would tell me that I had a lot of hidden issues that I was not addressing, and I would get so upset. I would get so upset. I refused to receive what he was telling me. You see, I pushed my past issues under several rugs and refused to face them. I was taught that freedom came with serving God. One day God led me to study Mary & Martha (Luke 10: 38-42.) Jesus stopped by to visit their home. Martha thought that it was most important to serve Jesus. She was adamant about cooking and making sure that Jesus was comfortable while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to his words.
Martha was upset that Mary wasn’t helping her serve Jesus. She asked whether He cared if Mary helped her cook the food. Jesus stated “Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.” From that moment, I realized that my freedom was not wrapped up in my servitude, and that I needed to spend more time at the feet of Jesus. The more I prayed, fasted, and basked in the presence of God the more God began to show me that I was nowhere near free. Being at the feet of Jesus created a relationship with the Father. Being in a relationship with the Father created Freedom. I no longer have moments of happiness, I have joy, I now know how to take every negative thought captive, I am now able to discern my relationships.
Ask yourself, am I more like Martha or am I more like Mary? If your answer is Martha it’s not too late to be more like Mary.