grace for the good girl (freedom)
Releasing, Receiving, Remaining – OH MY!
If you had the chance to read chapters 11 and 12, then you’re familiar with Emily’s comparison of The Wizard of Oz to all the effort we put toward what we already have. And how “knowing what you have makes all the difference.”
On page 136, Emily talks about how hard it is for us, as good girls, to let go of the lies we place on ourselves and live inside of.
There is a becoming that happens as we walk with Jesus, but it isn’t under a system of achieving. Rather, it is in the act of receiving. In order to receive, we have to first let go, to honestly release our right to hold on to those things we trust in for life, those counterfeit sources of truth and security, those false hiding places that seem to offer peace but leave us feeling restless.
Letting go and depending, trusting, is so hard. But it should be so freeing!
We want it and yet we don’t. It’s scary and exhilarating all rolled into one.
In his book, Respectable Sins, author Jerry Bridges says this:
We don’t become saints by our actions. We are made saints by the immediate supernatural action of the Holy Spirit alone who works this change deep within our inner being so that we do, in fact, become new creations in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).
Bridges goes on to talk about this change and how the “outworking of that change is not instantaneous and absolute… It is progressive over time and never complete in this life.”
Ongoing process. Worth the effort and the hard-to-trust times.
Complete reward will not be in this lifetime. His glory, His presence will translate – beyond reward – more than enough!! Amen!
But that doesn’t mean live and let die, so to speak. We aren’t to continue living in falsehoods and the do good mantra and that’s that. ‘We did what we could, most days, and well – that’s just going to have to be enough.’ and it won’t ever be enough and we’ll feel that. Though we can never achieve perfection we don’t have to live in our sin and in the guilt of it daily. There is freedom offered to us daily. But we continue to rely on self and holy works for tangible affirmation that we’re on the right track.
Emily writes that “God longs for us to receive our present God-given, Jesus-purchased, Holy Spirit-empowered identity.”
Receiving truth and true peace. Why is that so hard for us to accept? No strings attached. To just let go and let Him live in us and through us, the new creation He so graciously offers by grace. Remain.
We don’t have to go it alone. Thank goodness! And I don’t have to do it all or be it all. Freedom.
Do you let fear dominate or let peace rule?