Scripture Reading: Psalm 91, Romans 6
I am a self-proclaimed pacifist.
Generally speaking, I try my hardest to avoid association with most labels or terminologies that might have the slightest hint of a political agenda, because I hate conflict (hence the pacifism)… so that’s what I do. And I admit, I don’t have a complete understanding of what the term pacifist fully encompasses. I recognize it can be a loaded word in some circles, and the last thing I want to do is spark controversy in this arena.
However, now that I am smack in the middle of my mid-twenties, I think it’s time to start to define a bit of my values and belief systems. So, I’m just putting it out there–I am a pacifist.
That being the case, it’s difficult and uncomfortable for me to read stories of God’s role in the triumphant, militant victories of the Old Testament. I don’t often relate to God as a warrior, and singing “I’m in the Lord’s Army” in Sunday school never struck much of a chord with me. Yet there is a beautiful truth found in God’s character regarding his valor and fighting mentality: he has delivered us. He is our Deliverer, the one who has rescued us. He has fought and is fighting the enemy who has enslaved us in sin and reigned victoriously, resulting in freedom for his children!
Now that is a battle I can appreciate!
“But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.” Romans 6:22
Because of God’s might and kingship, we are set free from the shackles of our own sin and are invited to commit ourselves to the holy life he has purposed for us, for eternity. What an incredible prize that we are granted for his victory!
Though his victory is difficult to argue, there is one essential part of the story that must take place for the fullness of his deliverance to be accomplished: we, the captors whom he has battled on behalf of, must actively receive his deliverance. He has fought valiantly and forever conquered the enemy, so that we may be delivered straight into his arms. But are we willing to receive this unprecedented gift of freedom?
Sisters, it’s time for a heart-to-heart with your Savior. Let down your guard and let his Spirit gently reveal how much of this freedom you’ve actually received. Repent for what you may have wrongly deemed yourself unworthy of. Join in celebration with him over this prize that he has won for you. Step into the deliverance that he has for you today!
Post by: Britni