It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
Ponder: Sometimes it is so difficult to see God as a caring, compassionate, loving Father. Maybe someone, a Father figure, wasn't so loving and compassionate, maybe the punishment was more like inflicted pain from a very harsh broken person. Some of us are like a dog that cowers when someone comes close. God does not feel safe. We do need a rethink: Listen to these verses about your heavenly Father:
I’ll make a list of God’s gracious dealings,
all the things God has done that need praising,
All the generous bounties of God,
his great goodness to the family of Israel—
He said, “Without question these are my people,
children who would never betray me.”
So he became their Savior.
In all their troubles,
he was troubled, too.
He didn’t send someone else to help them.
He did it himself, in person.
Out of his own love and pity
he redeemed them.
He rescued them and carried them along
for a long, long time. Isaiah 63:7-9 The Message
Action: Read the above as if God is speaking to you personally. If you get stuck anywhere, or you find yourself staying with a specific word or words, talk to God, ask Him what He wants you to know. Ask Him to heal you from those past wounds that hurt, still so very painful and getting in the way of your friendships and the most important relationship of all, your heavenly, Abba Father.
Prayer: I so thank you for carrying me in all my troubles. You care for me, you know every trouble and joy. You have shown me so much grace and mercy. You say I am Yours. This humbles me oh Lord. I have no words to express my gratitude.
Challenge: Spend this week writing gratitude prayers, small sentences expressing the Lord's goodness to you. Remember for some of you this might be a sacrificial expression, you might not feel like doing this. Find tiny things to be thankful for. I will never forget how my mum helped me during a breakdown in my 20's. She took me for walks and showed me the beauty of creation, a small flower; a lamb; a bird. She helped me lift my head up when I couldn't. Thank you mum.