Ps Amanda Busstra - Sunday - 18th July 2021
|Jesus was the epitome of walking in freedom and yet we witness through the Gospels that Jesus felt all range of emotions. And so while we recognise that emotions themselves aren't the result of the fall, the negative emotions that we feel are our inbuilt way of recognising that what we face in our world isn't right! Negative emotions, as painful as they are, are not bad. Grief is an appropriate response to pain and suffering. Righteous anger is an appropriate response to injustice. Guilt is an appropriate response to sin. YET the hope that comes through Jesus is that no matter what pain we face, this is not the end of the story! |
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the sun...
A time to weep and a time to laugh,
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
How can we work towards walking in Emotional Freedom?
1. Choose where to camp out
When it comes to our emotions, we don't get to choose which ones we feel and it would be unhealthy to try to bury them. But we do get to choose which ones we camp out on. King David was a master at this! He was a man who knew the highs and lows of life, and the Psalms are filled with songs sung by David which are real, raw, crying out questions to God. And yet, through it all, David again and again made a declaration of praise. Even though I feel... Yet I will praise you!
2. Examine our beliefs
Satan is referred to in the Bible as the father of lies, who's goal is to make us question who we really are whilst at the same time creating a distrust of who God is. Often our emotions (like the warning light in the car) can point to lies that we have subconsciously believed. The goal therefore is to identify what we believe and why we believe it and then ask ourselves the question - is this what God says about me?
Ask the Holy Spirit today to help you identify any lies you have believed or places you have camped out. And then know that Jesus has freedom for you.
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour.