Last week I had the opportunity of ministering to a church family dear to my heart. And from the moment I walked into that auditorium to the time I left, I was not in doubt as to what they stood for, and I definitely wasn’t confused about what they were about. From their dressing to the way they spoke and the things they spoke about, it was living without a façade. Everyone, at least the ones I related with, knew that life lived from under the wraps of pretense was no life. At least it was not the life that God ordained for his children.
I had the opportunity to take another look at my own life and I remembered when it was just raw faith and God! I remember how we used to literally come to God with no decorum, and no special order of service, we just came because we recognized he is our father and we had no one else to tell the issues that plagued our lives. I remember that receiving the answers that we sought was not a question of how we couched our prayers and that God wasn’t interested in how we said what we had to say, as much as in what we had to say.
In our quest for relevance and impact, in pursuit of God to the place of destiny, the truth is that stuff will happen. The enemy will throw things at us in his bid to get us off track and deny the power that we carry. How we respond will determine how we come out on the other side of it all. Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life and today I am looking at Jesus, the truth. It is not only about him being the real deal, it is about the fact that when we come to him we can be sure that he will tell it to us the way it really is.
There is the scripture that says we shall know the truth and it shall set us free, but I will like to extend it a little further by saying that if we know, tell and do the truth then surely, we shall be set free. My policy is that nothing happened with you as the only player. If you used to steal, it had to be that you stole from someone. If you had committed abortion for instance, someone performed it and someone got you pregnant. My point is whether you tell the truth or not, someone already knows and if you don’t tell it yourself and they decide to tell it for you, it may be distorted.
There is a freedom that comes when you open up and tell the truth, there is also the fact that everything that the devil does is shrouded in secrecy and whatever he wants to keep us in, he will achieve in the place of secrecy. Whatever you are able to expose, the devil cannot hold you with any more. However, he is able to use the things we hide against us time and time again. He taunts us, and he accuses us in the same breath!
People ask me why I find it easy to talk about my past and I say it is because I have been set free! Some of it I am definitely not proud of, but because of those experiences I am a great Life Coach. I can tell you categorically that because it didn’t kill you, if you let God he will use it, your life will become better and others will benefit from it as well.
The next time you step out, remember that God wants to use the real you and all your experiences form the authentic you. God’s mercy is the reason why we stand and he that has received mercy need not fear again. Like Jesus said, let him that has no sin cast the first stone, as for me… I have been set free and so I will spread my wings and fly. What about you, are you free? Really free?