This may not be the type of freedom you were thinking of as you clicked onto this post. And yet, regardless of the type of freedom or the category under which a particular freedom may fall, freedom always comes with a price tag.
Long before my husband and I said, "I do" to one another and pledged our vows to love one another in the best of times and all the more in the worst of times, I had made a huge request of the Lord. At the time, it didn't seem that big of an ask. God is big and mighty and nothing is too hard for Him. I believed it then and I believe it all the more now.
My request was and still is not too hard for Almighty God. What I did not understand as I made this request of God for freedom is how much it would cost me personally. I did not count the cost at that time. I didn't know how. I was immature in my faith and fairly untested on my trust walk with Jesus. I simply made my request for freedom and thought, "Great, God will take care of it."
My dear husband reminds me that as a natural born delegator this is pretty much how I handled much of my life in the early years. Actually I probably still do this more than I realize. However, it made my husband (then boyfriend) laugh every time I called the maintenance manager for my apartment to report a light bulb out. I always asked politely if he would replace it for me at his earliest convenience. He never told me "no", and the light bulbs were always replaced sooner rather than later.
How would I know this was unheard of?
What did I ask of God? What type of freedom?
I wanted freedom from the bondage I saw in previous generations of my own family. There were hard things in the lives of family members which made their marriages and parenting difficult. We could see from the outside the patterns of dysfunction, and I wanted to be free of all those entanglements going into marriage. As my husband and I would pioneer our own family trail into the great unknown, my desire was to leave all the baggage behind and find the gold.
There's a hilarious truth in this previous statement - the one about leaving all the baggage behind. The irony is that it reveals one of the dysfunctional patterns embedded in my own way of thinking. I can flee the hard stuff. I'll just cut and run until none of it can touch me anymore.
I can laugh at myself now after some maturity and a whole lot of heart healing from the Lord. And that's just it. The fulfillment of my desire to be free from generational dysfunction has involved lots of painful and beneficial scrubbing those entanglements off of me. It's meant heart surgery and long painful periods of spiritual heart recovery. Along the way, being set free has involved recognizing my own sin, seeking forgiveness and whole-heartedly forgiving others.
God says yes to these honest prayers to be set free. His desire is for His children to be set free. It was the original plan of all His creation. And it is for freedom Christ has set us free. Christ came to set us free from the bondage of sin and death because our Father desired to make a way for us. God loves the true heart cry for freedom. And He says Yes!
We just don't know what we're asking for when we ask for freedom. Or maybe you do, but I didn't. Please don't misunderstand. I have no regrets over my sincere prayers for freedom for my husband and I and our children, their children and their children's children. I have continued to ask for freedom even as I began to experience the costliness of the bondage breaking. And I have been amazed by my God Who has kept every promise and has performed the miraculous on our behalf.
Yes, I choose freedom. I will continue to ask for freedom for myself and the generations of my family after me. However, I think it is loving and kind of me to make all aware...
It comes at a price.
Scripture: all NIV translation Galatians 5:1, Romans 8:2, 2 Corinthians 1:20
~ Meet Lisa Brittain ~
Hi. I'm so glad you stopped by. My name is Lisa and I am the founder of this website. My ministry is called Eyes on Jesus and Shine which comes from Psalm 34:5
My desire is to help others run toward Jesus and not away. I want to walk with you and introduce you to Him. I'll leave you two alone so you can find out for yourself; Who He is and who you are as you become adopted into God's family.
I love to walk through life with friends who help me keep my eyes on Jesus, and then I get to help them too when they forget. My hope is to live the overflow of my walk with Jesus so that His love shines bright through me and becomes a contagious joy for everyone I meet for the rest of my days on earth.