Letting go for transforming power

Letting Go of Your Limitations: Experiencing God's Transforming Power

Traditions, religion, legalism, and Satan have the potential to limit the transforming power of God. Dr. Sandie Freed urges her readers to let go of their limitations and rest in the grace of God. In other words, complete surrender.

She writes:

“Religion needs to die. Let’s not look any longer for rules we must try our best to keep. Rather, let us seek relationship. Our relationship with God is not fear-based; it is all faith-based–and without faith it is impossible to please Him. God has an abundant life planned for you!”

Freed has a conversation with the reader as she reminds the reader what she told the reader in the previous chapter and tells of future topics. I found myself skipping over the repetition and conversation-like sentences

Frequently, the author mentions a subject, writes a few sentences, and gives the title of her book where the reader can learn more.

Freed asks the reader to reflect upon her thoughts, her limitations, or her relationship with God and then write through the subject or write a prayer to God.

I can see this book being used as a women’s small group study. It is Scripturally based.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.

My prayer for you:

Father in heaven, thank You for Dr. Freed and her passion to honor You and spread Your love for Your children. Thank You for Your transforming power. May the readers of Letting Go of Your Limitations truly let go and let You work in their lives to truly create an abundant life, a sozo life.

Will you run after Jesus?

Sea of Galilee

 
 
 
The Sea of Galilee

And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves. The people saw them going, and many recognized them and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and got there ahead of them. Mark 6:31-33

So much need, no time to eat.

When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. Mark 6:34

Matthew Henry writes:

they seemed to be well-inclined, and manageable as sheep, and willing to be taught, but they had no shepherd, none to lead and guide them in the right way, none to feed them with good doctrine: and therefore, in compassion to them, he not only healed their sick, as it is in Matthew, but he taught them many things, and we may be sure that they were all true and good, and fit for them to learn.

Even though Jesus and the disciples were weary and needed to rest, they ministered to the people who were hungry for guidance … hungry for the spiritual food that only Jesus could give.

They ran to Jesus and would not leave Him until He fed them spiritual food as well as earthly food. Not until this multitude of 5,000 men, not including women and children, were full did Jesus send them away.

I’ve been as desperate as these people were. I’ve run after Jesus, not letting Him out of my sight until He filled me with His healing touch, His spiritual food, and His earthly provisions. Nothing else really mattered.

Only Jesus mattered.

Looking upon that desperation, Jesus had compassion, for He is the Good Shepherd. He filled every need beyond any human expectations.

He wants to fill your every need. Won’t you run after Jesus, sit at His feet, drink in His teachings, receive His healing, eat His bread?

He’s looking upon you with compassion.

My prayer for you

Our Good Shepherd, we long for Your guidance, Your touch, Your filling. Lead us by Your staff, set a table before us in the presence of our enemies, anoint our heads with your healing oil, and walk us through the valleys as we dwell in Your presence forever.

Jesus presented His body as a sacrifice for you, will you present your body as a living sacrifice?

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I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1

Jesus presented His body as the perfect sacrifice, and He lives now making intercession for us at the right hand of God. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. In light of His death and resurrection, how are you presenting your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God?

How do you see yourself as a living sacrifice and as your spiritual worship?

My prayer for you:

Father, Thank You for sending Jesus to the world so that whoever believes in Him will receive eternal life with You. Bless Your children with a deeper knowledge of Your sacrifice and that of Jesus, and guide us in presenting our bodies as living sacrifices. Thank You for your sacrifice.

God’s 5 promises in 2 verses … Psalm 84:11-12

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God’s light overshadows even the beauty of the Taj Mahal

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord gives grace and glory.
No good thing does He withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in You! Psalm 84:11-12

In these two short verses, we find promises for those who walk in God’s light:

  1. Light. God shows the way we should go.
  2. Shield. God provides His protection for His followers.
  3. Grace. God bestows His favor upon His children.
  4. Glory. God gives honor, a weightiness or fullness, to those He calls His own.
  5. Blessings. God creates a blessed state in the one who trusts in Him.

My prayer for you:

Lord, bless, I pray, Your dear children. Shine Your light on their paths and protect them with Your mighty shield. Pour out Your fullness upon them and keep them on Your righteous path. Lord of hosts, fill Your dear children with the blessing of great faith as they trust in Your great faithfulness. For You are our glory, our might, and our strength. We love you Lord.

What if we lived in hope? 5 steps toward hope

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“If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales! It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas—no wonder my words have been impetuous. The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God’s terrors are marshaled against me. … “Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for, that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life! Then I would still have this consolation—my joy in unrelenting pain—that I had not denied the words of the Holy One. “What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient? Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze? Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me? Job 6:10-13

The Bible has 180 references to hope. Some of those refer to the lack of hope like Job’s. I’ve been without hope. Although Job was with friends when he said this, he was lonely in his pain; he wanted God to cut off his life, so that he would not betray God.

Have you been hopeless?

I’ve found five things that have helped me when I was in the pit of despair.

  1. Call out to God. David writes in Psalm 30, a Psalm for the dedication of the temple, “Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. … weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Frequently, David detailed his troubles to God. The troubles turned to praise once David saw how small his problems were in comparison with how big God is.
  2. Wait on God. “We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” Psalm 33:20-22 In this microwave society, I find it difficult to wait. Yet, in waiting for God to act, I learn to trust Him for His provision as the Israelites waited each morning for God to provide the mana.
  3. Choose  hope.“This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  II Chronicles 20:15  If God Almighty is fighting my battle over disease and pain, then I choose to hope in Him.
  4. Consume the Scriptures. “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4 Two years before the Lord healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, He impressed my husband, Keith, and me that He would heal me. We saturated our thinking with the Scriptures on healing and promises as well as books written about healing.
  5. Expect God to work.“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Luke 1:45 When Mary entered the home of Elizabeth (6 months pregnant with John), John leaped in Elizabeth’s womb, and Ellizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and said this. Mary took God at His word. He said it; He would do it.

Call, wait, choose, consume, expect.

These are active verbs that anticipate a response, an action. Isn’t that what hope is all about?

What if we lived in hope–in anticipation of God working?

My prayer for you:

Father of hope and action, You are a gracious God, pouring out Your blessing upon Your children. May we cry out to you, waiting and choosing to hope in Your abundant love. Teach us to consume Your word and to expect Your promises in our lives. Thank You, Father, for all that You are, all that You do, and all that You love.

What path are you taking for 2013?

Great Wall looking backBut one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

It’s helpful to look back over the year and reflect on those individuals who made a difference in our lives.

It’s helpful to reflect on those defining moments in 2012, and the choices we made.

It’s helpful to reflect on what we’re grateful for.

It’s helpful to look forward into the new year and consider the path that the Lord has set before us.

My prayer for you:

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your gracious touch during 2012. Thank You for the people, the blessings, and the defining moments that blessed us throughout the year. Bless, I pray, all Your dear children and direct our paths in 2013. May we sit at Your feet and bask in Your Presence in 2013. Direct our thoughts, our actions, and our choices, so that we bless You and Your children. May we point people to Jesus and give You great glory.

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11

What path are you walking in 2013?