“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
If Jesus left us the key to our freedom, then why are we still trapped in the bondage of our sin and shame? Jamie Ivey shares how she was able to experience true freedom because of what Jesus did for us on the Cross.
“One of the things that really changed for me is when I started to believe the things that God says about me to be true. Growing up in church I knew a lot of what God’s Word said; I read it and I knew that it was true, but in my heart I didn’t take it as if it was truth for me.”
“I believed for a long time that because of my past that if God was going to really know how sorry I was, then I was going to carry the guilt of it forever. I thought it was almost my duty. It was my duty to prove to Him how sorry I was because if I let it go and it didn’t own my life anymore, than I thought God would think I didn’t care.”
“What I was doing was I was just putting on that yoke of slavery every single day all over again. I was not trusting that God actually sent His son Jesus to take on my sin and take it off of me.”
When Jamie started to receive the truth about who she was in Christ, it allowed her to no longer live as a slave to her past.
“I’m going to believe what God says to be true, not just for my salvation, but I’m going to believe what He says to be true; that my old self was actually crucified with sin and I’m no longer a slave to it. I’m going to actually believe that I have been set free from the law of sin and death. I’m actually going to believe that in Jesus I can actually be righteous and have wisdom.”
She brings us to the Apostle Paul’s teaching on our freedom in Galatians 1.
“One of the things that I love about Paul so much is that he doesn’t gloss over what he used to be. Paul’s whole life was used for God. Paul understands what it feels like to be a new creation, and if Paul can understand what it feels like to be a new creation, we can as well.”
Jesus carried the weight of our sin and shame so we wouldn’t have to. We no longer have to be slaves to our sin, but we are children of God who are called to be free.
Jamie Ivey believes we are all on this journey of life together and we need each other to get to the end. Through her blog and podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, she uses a raw and intimate approach to connect with her audience. She is author of several books including If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free.Jamie Ivey shares her powerful story of becoming free