I want to continually be experiencing more freedom in Christ. It's amazing to be able to FOCUS on this particular aspect of my life in Christ and I often find myself in tears - tears of joy! WOW!
I'm memorizing a personalized version of segments of I Cor 4. Here's how mine reads:
2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful, and that includes me! 3 I care very little if I am judged by any person or human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 I refuse to judge anything before its appointed time; I choose to wait on the Lord. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of each heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. 7 For who makes any of us different from anyone else? What do we have that we did not receive? And if we did receive it, why do we boast as though we did not? 12 I choose to work hard; and when I am cursed, to bless; when I am persecuted, to endure it with joy; and when I am slandered, misunderstood, or accused, to answer with kindness. 16 Therefore, I have confidence in Christ to urge the women of the world to imitate my life, as I model being a flow through vessel for God, which agrees in every way with what the Bible teaches.
There is so much FREEDOM in being honest and authentic before God. It's about embracing the battle wounds and the scars instead of only honoring the beauty of the pasture lands. It's about letting God flow through me instead of trying to impress Him (and others) with myself. Big difference!
Google is a great example of embracing who you are while being honest about what you're not. I loved this quote from an article published in the Huffington Post:
"There’s 1 trillion websites competing against each other. The most honest website of all? Google. Google can’t help you with your problems. Google has no content on it at all. But Google is honest about that. You just walked into their store and said, “Please, help me – do you have anything to prevent a potential outbreak of ______” and Google will say, quite honestly, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you, but here are ten of my competitors who can potentially help you. And, by the way, here are three more of my competitors who MIGHT be able to help you but, in full disclosure, they are paying me to tell you this.” And then Google shrugs its shoulders. That’s all they can do for you. But that’s honesty."
The writer went on to say, "That’s not branding. So you’ll come back to them. Because they are a straight shooter and the target was on your head."
I get to be a straight shooter for God's glory! How exciting is that!?!
So, this month’s 21 Day WIN for me is about understanding the places where I am still not walking in full Truth and honest disclosure before God.
My motivation to be THAT honest comes from Jesus' promise, "The Truth will see you FREE." Since freedom is my goal, my new 21 Day WIN commitment is this:
I, Marnie Swedberg, commit unreservedly to doing a daily honesty assessment by asking these questions of God at least once a day for 21 days.1) Is there any obvious deception in my life that I’m refusing to face? If yes, I’ll confess and ask for repentance. 2) Is there any deceit in myself or my circumstances that You’d like me to see with fresh eyes today? If yes, is there anything You’d like me to do about it? If I forget, I’ll just start again the next day. However, if I refuse to do my assessment questions, then I will report that to this group and ask for prayer, that I’d be willing to face the Truth. I commit to winning this challenge between Wed, Sept 7 and Tues, Sept 27. This is not a casual commitment, but rather a firm, dedication to achieving my goal in the next 21 days.
Jesus offers us freedom and I, for one, want to be totally FREE! Free to love and serve God with my whole heart, soul, mind and strength! Yes!
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Marnie Swedberg shares Perspective Transforming Biblical Success Principles at Christian Women's, Business & Pastor/Leader Conferences worldwide. She teaches simple, biblical, life and leadership principles to seekers and saints, helping them grow spiritually, while equipping their host organizations to grow organically--to reach more for Christ.