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Welcome to Worship Wednesdays – a special time to press in to the Lord and explore new songs, ideas and concepts applicable to worship and drawing closer to Jesus. I pray your heart will be deeply encouraged for the journey… With joy, Sarah McKinney Worship Coordinator, Planting Roots

Welcome to Worship Wednesdays – a special time to press in to the Lord and explore new songs, ideas and concepts applicable to worship and drawing closer to Jesus. I pray your heart will be deeply encouraged for the journey…
With joy, Sarah McKinney
Worship Coordinator, Planting Roots

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

2 Corinthians 5:17b

Let’s face it, the enemy of our souls wants nothing more than to convince you that there is no reason for joy and that real freedom just can’t be secured. He shouts at the top of his lungs the extent of your guilt and shame and if we are not careful, we just might hesitate and believe the verdict. Oh, how he would love it if we would buy into that lie. But the truth is, when you are covered in the sanctifying blood of Jesus, there is no guilty verdict that will stick. Nope.  It just won’t stick. It is paid for. Redeemed. And in the “courtroom” of heaven where the True Judge is presiding, the only sound that will be heard is the chorus of praise from the redeemed – “I’m going free!” Praise the Lord!

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The song this week is called, “I’m Going Free (Jailbreak),” (from Vertical Church Band).  It is a really fun worship song that just drips with the joy of a person who realizes that, in Jesus Christ, they are no longer condemned and are truly free. I just love it. And when you listen to it, it’s hard not to tap your foot and feel a smile spread across your face.

But before you listen to it, will you do me a favor?

Will you take just 60 seconds and write down all of the “guilty verdicts” that the enemy has been speaking over you? Just jot them down on a piece of scrap paper. I want you to see something profound…I want you to realize that they are just not true. I will even go first and share some lies that the enemy spoke over me for years…

  • You are a failure
  • You are hard to love
  • You are not good enough

Sound familiar? I’ll bet it does. What lies do you regularly hear? Just write them down.

Now imagine each one of those things on your list as a chain of bondage (to a lie) that Satan has draped over your heart and soul and used to stop your eyes from seeing and your feet from dancing. Yes, beloved…they are all lies. And they are keeping you from the freedom that already belongs to you if you are in Jesus.

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Now I want to ask you to throw that piece of paper away. Yes, throw it away. Those lies aren’t meant to cling to you anymore and you really are free to throw them off of your precious, saved by grace, beautiful, cherished heart. Let those lies go…you really are free.

“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” Galations 5:1

Another version reads this way, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Oh yea…we are free indeed. It’s the TRUTH.

  1. You are a new creation in Christ – the old has gone and the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  2. You are loved so dearly, the Creator of Heaven and Earth engraved you on the psalm of His hand (no other part of creation was given this honor – and by the way, when something (someone) is engraved on your hand, it is IMPOSSIBLE to drop!). (Isaiah 49:16)
  3. God sent His only Son to die for you and pay the price for your sins. He did this because when He considered you (all of you), He determined you were WORTH it. (John 3:16)

TRUTH! We are FREE indeed!freedom

Swallow it.

Believe it.

Walk in it.

Celebrate it.

Be grateful for it.

Praise His Name for it.

Dance around the room because of it.

Step out in newness as a result of it.

Sing for joy at the feel of it.

Run your race through it.

Stand your ground confident of it.

Love one another in response to it.

Yes, Beloved…we are free.

Check out some of the lyrics to this song– I just love it!

woman breaking chainsI won’t go back again
That’s just not who I am
Lord I’m a brand new man

I’m going free

 I’m on a narrow road
It’s paved with grace and hope
It’s gonna lead me home
I’m going free

Glory, glory, hallelujah
You threw my shackles in the sea

Glory, glory, hallelujah
Jesus is my liberty
I’m going free

(“I’m Going Free,” from Vertical Church Band)

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those

who are in Christ Jesus…”  Romans 8:1

Now that’s something to sing about!

With joy for the journey,

Sarah

 

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