The New Year signifies a time of new beginnings. It’s also a good time for a self evaluation. Are there areas in your life that may be hindering your walk with the Lord? Perhaps a situation in your life is keeping you from walking in victory with Jesus. Sometimes it’s good to ask the Lord if there’s anything hindering me from Him. If so, Lord, please bring it to mind so I may confess because I want to hear your voice. Jesus states in John 8:34-36 (NKJV) “…whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
When we experience trials God can use our story to help others going through similar circumstances. Only God can take our mess and turn into a message to be used for His glory. This year I struggled with my life in Panama. There were many things and people I missed stateside. I missed having half and half for my coffee, being able to find things in stores that I had been accustomed to my whole life. Also, there was my frustration trying to accomplish anything involving the government. I had a great deal of difficulty getting my father’s vehicles sold, even though I had a general power of attorney. We found out our lawyer had not paid any of our taxes, although we paid for his services on numerous occasions. It felt like I was living a dual life. I was trying to live in the U.S and Panama at the same time. I prayed that God would give me clear direction. I had a few meltdowns through all of this, then I clearly heard the Lord say, “My grace is sufficient for you.” I have learned to enjoy this place where God has put me. Yes, I still miss a few things from home, but at this moment I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
What’s keeping you from being free? Is it sin, fear, anxiety, addiction, unforgiveness, bitterness, hurts or anger? Know that that whatever situation you are in, God is with you and He cares for you. Trust Him in every area of your life and He will bless you.
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Freedom from Our Self on December 29th, 2018 - Watch Sermon