Herekore - Freedom
Kia ora e te whanau,
We've been doing a series called Herekore-free of restrictions. We've been talking about the ways that the enemy tries to push us down and keep us low...and about how God's plans for us are FREEDOOOOOOOM! (Did you picture Mel Gibson with blue facepaint?!)
There are some awesome stories of freedom floating around the place at the moment!
Sometimes when we've experienced freedom, the enemy will try to stuff that up by bombarding us with guilt and shame. Shame can cause us to hide...from each other and from God!
Ephesians 3:12 says 'In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.'
But then the guilt and shame kicks in and we say "But I'm not really free OR confident!"
1 John 2 says 'My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defence - Jesus Christ, the Righteous one. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.'
Don't let guilt and shame hold you down! We are here to walk together through the good, the bad and the ugly. Talk to someone...we've all got stuff we're working through...honestly!
We've got weapons to use too. Read Ephesians 6:10-18 out loud and pray it over yourself! The Bible is a weapon...use it!
We're all in this together...lean on each other when you need to!
I love you guys.
X Jo Mannering