Monday, September 25, 2017

The Freedom Day

I can't remember exactly what I said at the Whisper Gathering, but I do remember asking something like, "Do you want to hear from God this weekend?" and getting lots of yeses. 

"What is it that separates us from God?" Everyone knew the answer. Our sin.

If sin gets in between us and God, and we want to hear from Him, there's only one sensible thing to do. Get rid of it. 

I introduced the "repentance bowl", explained how it works, then invited these beautiful, wonderfully brave women to come forward and let their sin go. So they did. 

As if repentance was the easiest thing in the world, an entire roomful of women stood up, walked forward, and laid their sin down. No one held back. No one kept their sin like a prize. 

They simply looked their sin in the face, saw it wasn't working for them, and kicked it out. 

Seventy women let their mess go and chose to live big for Jesus.

These were church women. Women who live godly lives, attend church, do good. They looked clean on the outside, but, like all of us, they, too, were sinners saved by grace. They, too, had sin that needed to go, so they gave it to Jesus. It's all gone now and they're forgiven. 

I still can't get over it. They grasped what it would take to have what they wanted, and they did it. I admire them more than you can imagine. 

If what I laid down is any indication, we left a mountain of sin on the floor Friday night. Saturday morning, we did it again. We repented until our repenting was done and our hearts were clean. 

It was magnificent.

They were beautiful when they arrived, but those amazing women left with new zip in their steps and incredible peace on their faces. 

I'm left wondering why we don't do this as a matter of routine. Why wait for a Whisper Gathering? Why not let go of the sin that's besetting us now and be done with it?

Today is the day to be done with whatever's keeping us from being all God wants us to be. Anger? Fear? Pride? Whatever it is, let's admit our sin, confess it to God, and ask for forgiveness. It's that simple. 

There's a little problem we often have that also needs to be addressed before we close. Laying sin down is hard. Picking it back up is easy. Both are a choice we make. 

Pick it up again and you'll have to repent all over again. Leave it down and be free. Which sounds better to you? I think freedom is worth it. 

Why not let today be your freedom day? Name your sin and give it to God. He'll help you leave it with Him IF you're willing.

"'Come now, and let us reason together,' says the Lord, 'Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow, though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.'" Isaiah 1:18 nasb
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