This is what the Lord says of you, “You are cleansed, you are clear, you are clean you are free. Walk in victory”
Sounds amazing, but a lot of times we agree with what the Lord says of us in our heads but not in our walk. We hear Him and nod our heads, that’s nice Jesus, now back to me. Here’s my checklist, can you fix this, this, this, and this about me?
And the Lord just facepalms a little bit because we missed it. It’s done. We are already fixed. We have the ability and the right to walk in victory. We are free to receive our free gift of righteousness now.
We don’t have to work for it, we don’t have to beg, we don’t have to be subject to shame in the areas we are still learning how to walk it out yet, we just have to believe what the Lord says and receive as we walk with Him.
This is a bit different from the religious way of thinking, the way of thinking that tells you, you need to look clean, you need to cover your faults, flaws, and sins, you know, the religious way of thinking that says you can’t struggle because that means you’re not sanctified.
The religious way of thinking prioritizes appearances over true healing.
And the Lord is not here for that game, and He doesn’t want you to be either.
The burdens of sin and shame are too much for us to bear. So He died that we would free of them.
We cannot allow ourselves or others to pull that burden over us again by succumbing to the expectations of religion.
Time and time again I have watched beautiful children of God struggle and yet not fully learn to walk in the victory they already have because instead of getting with the Lord and learning to align their heart with His on the matter, they are too busy hiding it so they can align with others expectations of what their walk with the Lord should look like.
To move on, and begin walking authentically before the Lord, you’re going to need to learn how to separate others expectations of you from your Father’s expectations of you.
Only when you are truly loosed from faulty expectations, can you begin to accept what the Lord expects for you, and often-times it is nothing like the burdens others have placed on you.
For many years I struggled with a specific fault and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t and nothing I could ever do change it.
I received a hearty amount of judgment, condemnation, and shame over this from the many people in my life who tried to convince me I couldn’t love Jesus or be near Him because of this.
I spent many years wondering how the Lord could love me or be pleased with me while I struggled with this.
Yet whenever I would beg the Lord to fix it, He would ignore my pleas and answer me instead with “Without faith, it’s impossible to please Me. What about your faith, child? You are so concerned with what others are telling you to be concerned with, and I Am concerned with your faith.”
So we focused on faith. And as He built me up, He taught me to believe Him when He talks to me and focus on being where He wants me to be in my walk.
And one day years later as I was praying, He dug up a deep root of bitterness, sorrow, and anger in my heart and healed it, and as He did, He revealed that as my root cause of why I struggled with my persistent fault in the first place, and as He healed the things He really cared about in my heart in His timeline and not mine, that fault slid off of me with ease and hasn’t bothered me since.
The Lord is intent on pulling back layers of fear and exposing wrong motivations and thought processes and He does it to make us whole in every part of us, our thinking, our motivations, our priorities, all of it.
He comes to heal fear not feed into it, and anywhere in us where we are driven by fear of what other people would say or think of us, He comes to open it up and clean us out, and rearrange our perspectives so we are enabled to move forward in His time, and in His way.
Not everything good we do is done with the right motivation and while sanctification is good and holiness what we strive for, when we operate in wrong motivations of fear, or in wrong thought processes and inauthentically present an appearance of sanctification or holiness where the Lord has not even begun to deal with us, we are then submitting ourselves to be transformed by religion like the Pharisees when the Lord called them on looking cute on the outside and full of dead men’s bones on the inside.
Friends, we are only ever truly transformed by the Spirit, not by religion.
And He comes to empower us to live righteous lives as we allow Him to teach us how to walk in the Spirit.
This is often not instantaneous and during our sometimes lengthy refining, our continued struggles may lead us to believe we are failing. When in fact the Lord may not have brought us to a place yet where we can accept the gift of righteousness in that area of our lives. And friends, it IS a gift, which is not something you work for, it’s something you freely receive.
He who began a good work in us WILL be faithful to complete it, our faults, flaws, sins, and iniquity are not a surprise to Him (PHILIPPIANS 1:5-6). He does not come to guilt or shame us, He comes to empower us to overcome. And He does it in His timeline. For every struggle you have, there is already a victory assigned.
Let me leave you with the encouragement that “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape that you may be able to bear it.” (I COR. 10:13) And you can trust Him with the true healing and revealing He wants to do with you as you surrender all of your story to Him.
By Bri Lassiter
I’m married to my dearest friend of 8 years and mom to an energetic 6-year-old. My greatest joys come from traveling with my little family, cooking for appreciative recipients, learning herbalism and natural medicine, and every experience I get to have in prayer ministry. I’m an avid tea and book lover and can’t get enough of either. I love Jesus and the daily adventure that comes from walking in friendship with him as he arranges and rearranges my story.