Freedom: Powerful and Encouraging

Nonda Houston


You might have seen it on a shirt, on a mug, or as a hash-tag:

Her Future is Free. 

I love this declaration so much! This sentence didn’t start with “maybe” her future will be free, or “if she’s lucky” her future will be free. It didn’t say, “her present is anything but free, so her future is questionable.”  Friends, Jesus has made provision, day by day, for you to walk in new levels of freedom. 

Isn’t the word “freedom” a powerful, encouraging word? And here’s the anchor for it all: 

 “…And we are free to live, not according to our flesh, 
but by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit!” (Romans 8:4, TPT).

The enemy hates when women become free. Truthfully, we can get comfortable with areas of bondage and fearful of walking into the unknown. Isn’t it comforting to know that you have a Helper who is all about assisting you to walk in new levels of freedom?

Would you join me in asking the Holy Spirit this question, “Where do I need to be set free?” Not only is it wonderful to experience freedom from things that have you bound, but think about this: your family needs you to be free, your church needs you to be free, your job needs you to be free—and you will bring that freedom into all aspects of your life!

It doesn’t matter how messed up your past was, or how straight you’ve walked through the years—life happens! We go through experiences that leave us bound up and wrestling for our freedom. Even if you aren’t walking in total freedom today, the promises of God declare that we can be—will be—set free! 

Here’s what King David said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord; He answered me and set me free. The LORD is with me, I will not be afraid; what can anyone do to me?” (Psalm 118:5-6, GNT).

Your situation might not be changing immediately—or at all—but we can be free from the effects of it by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our physical circumstances do not dictate the level of freedom that we possess, so don’t let the enemy bluff you with this lie. 

As you look toward your future, let this be your declaration. Hold your ground, lean into His presence and raise your song as Jesus unlocks the prison bars and sets you free.  The wonderful song by gospel singer Shirley Caesar says: “You may not know how, you may not know when—but He’ll do it again!”

He is faithful! He came to proclaim freedom for the captives (Isaiah 61:1). I’m praying for your freedom!

 

NONDA HOUSTON is the women’s director for Southern California Assemblies of God Network.