Have you ever tasted freedom?

The Gospel revealed.

If you’ve never come across one of my blog posts before, I hope that the Spirit of God will cause you to stumble upon this one. My prayer is that God will move you to read it because I am certain that He wants to fill your heart with truth and hope. We so need His truth and hope! I feel so compelled to write what I’m about to share with you and I’m so excited as I’m typing this! My heart is ready to burst with joy but I need to take a deep breath and allow God to write through me. This is so good! Are you ready? The Gospel is such a much needed treasure for every living soul. No wonder the enemy is doing everything he can to keep us from seeing it for what it TRULY is! That’s what he did to me for 19 years and it was only by the grace of God that I finally saw the truth! I touched it and tasted it and it was better than anything I’ve ever known before! God stepped in at a point in my life when I was at my lowest. Lower than I’ve ever been. I had no hope. Everything was going so wrong, nothing fulfilled me anymore- there was no more joy for me. I felt dead, terrified, and so desperate for help. It was then that God started speaking to me clearer than ever. My heart was SO disconnected from life and it took a very desperate situation for me to stop and realize how much I needed God. I didn’t just need Him then but I’ve needed Him all along. Before, I was too caught up in living for my own glory and serving myself- too blinded to see reality. Even as I write this, I remember the fear and disappointment that weighed down my heart like heavy, rusted anchors that kept dragging me lower and lower until I reached the bottom of the deepest and darkest of oceans. Have you ever sunk to the very bottom? I have. It’s such a lonely place! I was so unhappy! I don’t even want to be reminded of what my life was like then but I decided to travel back to that period of my life for your sake. Your soul is too precious! The price paid for your freedom was too costly! And you CAN be free! What I found is so good that I can’t help but share it. You really need to read this! I hope you’re paying attention. In my misery, when I was the most alone and hopeless I’ve ever been in my life- I found Christ! Like never before! I always knew God existed, but I had no interest in finding out more. I didn’t think I needed to be forgiven. I considered myself too good to even care about what the Bible had to say. I thought I was much better than that. I COULDN’T HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG! My first memory of Him is tragic, yet so beautiful. I saw Him bruised and beaten. I saw Him crucified. Crucified! It hurt me so much to see Him that way but at the same time it made me feel so enraged for not accepting what He did for me earlier! I found Him bleeding but there was so much beauty in His eyes. When I opened my heart I realized that I did that to Him. I made Him suffer, I made Him die! Yet I was so thankful for His death! I cherished His wounds. I treasured every whip mark. I found myself at His feet, kissing them and holding them close to my heart- until His blood ran over my whole body and washed me clean. He made me whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7)! Every stain was gone, every wound was healed, every tear was wiped away from my eyes; only tears of happiness remained. I FOUND SO MUCH FREEDOM AND PURPOSE AT HIS FEET! It’s where I belonged. All I could do was cry and I wanted to keep on crying forever because it felt so good. I was free! Words fail me in expressing what it felt like…it was the most amazing experience I’ve ever lived in my entire life! I found so much love and hope and joy! HIS LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE. Better, stronger, and more powerful than any love I’ve ever experienced before. I wish I could explain the life I’ve found…the beauty…the happiness! Words are too limited for me to express the intensity and beauty of what it felt like to be forgiven. To know Him who loved me before I even knew Him and who gave Himself for me (Romans 5:8). IT CHANGED EVERYTHING. No one could ever do for me what Christ did! This world has nothing for me anymore. I found what I was looking for and it made me so satisfied! Oh, the joy I found!!! If you’re reading this and you don’t know Jesus Christ, please don’t miss out anymore on the life that He offers! It’s too good to pass up! SO GOOD. But don’t take my word for it, open your heart to His love and watch it change you from the inside out! You’ll NEVER be the same again! Satan will try to do anything to keep you from finding the truth, but NOTHING can separate you from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39)!!! NOT EVEN SATAN. If you’re reading this and you know Jesus Christ, please don’t allow satan to rob you of the happiness, vitality, and life that are found in Christ alone! Too many of us get so caught up in the traps of the enemy that we end up forgetting what He did for us! That’s precisely satan’s strategy. Having a relationship with God and walking with Him is NOT boring or tiresome, it’s exciting and refreshing! Don’t allow satan to take your eyes off of Jesus and direct them towards yourself! You didn’t do anything to get to where you are today! CHRIST DID. Don’t let pride take control of your heart! God gives grace to the humble, but He opposes the proud (James 4:6). So be humble that you may walk in the power of His grace! We were saved by grace through faith to a life that’s vibrant and real (Ephesians 2:8). Not a life that’s dull and without desire. It’s so easy to lose focus and look inside yourself for strength and peace. Look to God! You were saved by His grace, walk in this grace! Live in it, breathe in it, sleep in it, wake up in it, be always abiding in His grace and He will empower you to walk in the Spirit rather than your own flesh. If our mind is focused on our own flesh- we will find nothing but death, but if we focus our mind on the things of the Spirit, we can be sure of finding life and peace (Romans 8:6). Only Christ can empower you to live a life filled with strength and hope. A life of happiness and rest. Be still and remember what He’s done for you! You did nothing to deserve it so stop striving, you’re hindering the Spirit of God from doing His work in you and missing the whole point of grace- something you didn’t deserve but received anyways! Grace is God’s undeserved gift. It changes the way you relate to God. And He is the very same God today- the God that forgave you and restored you, the same God that gave you a new heart. He is EVERYTHING and all that we are is a fruit of His real and passionate love. GOD DID IT! Don’t ever forget that! This is what God spoke through the prophet Isaiah about Christ. This prophecy was fulfilled in us and we are sons and daughters of this beautiful and life-changing promise. I simply love these verses because they’re so true! I’ve come to live them out and the truth they reveal brought me such true happiness!

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

Isaiah 61:1-3 (NLT)

He is the God of comfort and freedom! He is our defender and our justice! He is our joy and our hope! And we are His workmanship, especially designed for His glory (Ephesians 2:10)! We need to look to Him because those who look to Him are radiant and their faces are never covered with shame (Psalm 34:5). Ever. They radiate His brilliant light! God is not a distant being, too proud to make Himself known to us. Rather, He is a Person to be known and loved in the most intimate way possible! It’s hard not to fall in love with Him when you finally get to know Him for who He really is. He took my breath away and that’s why I love Him so much! This is what the Gospel is all about. It’s TOO good to pass up…WHY WOULD YOU?

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