Focus: Being transformed
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NKJV) Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Sprit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
As you continue to move forward, you will keep changing. You will not stay the same. Your life will be a constant process of newness. There was a time when you wondered how you would ever be able to change, but you don’t have to wonder anymore because the changing has already begun. You have already changed more than you know—just by your decision to come out of bondage.
It is a terrible thing to be trapped in a life where you are bound in shackles…wanting things to be different, but not knowing how or where to begin to find freedom. Sometimes, you continue to do what you have always done because you couldn’t imagine there could be another way. You live in a dull unawareness, going through mechanical motions—doing what you think people expect you to do—without much thought about the fact that there could be another way.
Then one day the Spirit of the Lord reveals the chains that have been holding you back. You see that what you thought was freedom was really a myth.
Bondage causes us to see ourselves as through a ‘veil’. What we think we see is not the total truth. The bondage we bought into, gave us a promise that it didn’t deliver. We thought we were free to do what we wanted to do, but the freedom we thought we had—wasn’t actually freedom at all. When we come out from under bondage, the veil is removed and we’re able to see clearly.
Besides not seeing ourselves clearly, bondage also keeps us from being able to see the Lord clearly. Again, the veil has distorted our vision—so how can we become like the Lord? How can we be transformed into His likeness when things stand in the way of our seeing Him face to face? In order to become like Him—we have to be able to see Him…with nothing between Him and us. To see Him clearly, we have to get rid of the bondage that has veiled true clarity.
You can’t be free when you are under bondage. Galatians 5:1 says, Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. John 8:36 tell us, ‘Whom the Son makes free is free indeed.’
There are many kinds of bondage. Some kinds are obvious and others are almost invisible. Some kinds of bondage can seem like they’re not really bondage—until we choose to step into the light. When you have stepped out of the light and things have become ‘shadowed’ it’s hard to tell anything has changed at all. You go along in numbness, as though everything is fine—because you think it is.
When the day comes that you realize you are really not free and you have the tiniest fleeting memory or vision of what freedom was—or could be—you are faced with a choice to make. Will you continue to habitually and mechanically perform what you have come to accept? Or will you leap at the possibility for new life?
When the titanic was sinking, there were people who were trapped inside the vessel with no way out. There were others who were given an opportunity to step off the doomed ship into a comparatively small boat in the middle of dark, uncertain waters.
Some people undoubtedly felt guilty leaving those who weren’t being given the option of deliverance. Some probably stepped off the shuttering, groaning ‘unsinkable’ ship—that was indeed sinking—wondering if they were trading one kind of death for another. While others, made no hesitation.
The ones who seized the opportunity as it was offered, believed that abandoning ship was the only possible hope for life and a future. They were willing to take the risk—and they lived.
Still others, continued to believe it would be impossible for the gigantic, powerful ocean liner to actually disappear beneath the icy surface. They imagined staying on board would be much safer than launching out in a tiny lifeboat.
Depression and dependency are like a sinking ship on a dark night. You made the choice to take the lifeboat. You are alive. You made the right decision. Don’t look back…ever. Keep moving toward Jesus and stay free.
Declaration: I will find new strength daily as I remember I am no longer under bondage. I have been given a new life that will keep getting better and better as I keep moving toward Jesus and don’t allow anything to veil His image.
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