May 5th, 2021
FOR: The Captive
By: Rebecca Hatton
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Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (NIV)

It might get scary. There. I said it. Living in freedom means we open up memory boxes long stored away. We learn that some of the things we formerly knew might be wrong, so we decide to correct the errors in our thinking. We confront that which has held us captive and conquer all of it in the name of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Learning to believe our identity is found in Christ and Him alone challenges our long-held belief systems about who we are. You see, our identity isn’t formed by the world, the flesh, and the devil. It’s formed by the One who cast the stars into the heavens and named each of them. By the One who formed each of us and knew us before even one of our days came to be. (Psalm 139:16)

Loving God is easy. Believing He loves us? Not so much. Why? Because we know our past choices and present struggles. But we have a God who says, “For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16). He can’t love us any more or any less than He already does. He proved it a couple of millennia ago on a hill far away.

Facing the giants of our fears isn’t easy. But we have a Book that tells of small people slaying giants (1 Samuel 17). Get ready to slay giants, friend. Be not afraid!

Today, make a list of the “labels” that have identified you. Who gave you this label? A parent? Boss? Friend? You? Ask God for the courage to address the labels, and choose to believe only what He says about you. Goodbye, fear. Take a listen to this song if you have a sec.

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