Everyone wants freedom, but not everyone will surrender. I journal everything God tells me. Every once in a while I like to review what He has said for common themes. For a while, everything He spoke to me was about David and Joseph in the Bible. For where I was in that time – as usual – God was right on time. Recently, I went through and had a review session. Common theme? Freedom and surrender. This past Sunday, as I was onstage leading worship, we were in a moment of selah. I had my eyes closed and my head down. As I opened my eyes and lifted my head I looked out over the congregation and the Holy Spirit spoke clear as day to me… To have freedom, you have to surrender. Which makes sense. If we want FREEDOM, then we have to SURRENDER. If we want freedom from addiction, you have to lay whatever it is down. You have to surrender it. Freedom is an amazing experience if we can get there. My personal passion is for people to find their own personal freedom in worship. What do I mean by this… to be able to lift their hands, dance, get on their knees, even lay face down if they chose to in corporate and private worship. I am by no means saying this is how you HAVE to worship like this; however, I am saying people should have the ability to worship in a manner that is fitting for them and biblical. My personal passion is for people to overcome the thoughts like, “everyone is looking at me” or “what will others think”.
How many times do we find ourselves struggling to stay afloat, like we are being pulled down by weights tied to our ankles in an ocean. Gasping for what little air we can get every time we barely get our mouths above the water. But it doesn’t have to be like this. If we surrender to Jesus the things that are weighing us down, we can stay afloat easier. This doesn’t mean tidal waves won’t come and try to push us over, but it does mean we can float through it!
Consider where you are in life, take a moment. Maybe it’s time to let things go and surrender your life to Jesus. Or maybe, you believe in Him, you just forgot you can give Him all those things weighing you down. Then… you will find the freedom you have been searching for.
New International Version (NIV)
22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.