The Freedom of Limitations

This morning, during my quiet time, I was confronted with the ugliness of some sin I’ve been letting fester and how it’s been hurting me and others.  


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I felt sad and embarrassed. I wanted to hide in my house and shut off communication with the world until I was fixed and free of the sin.  

But before I was able to gather enough water and canned goods to survive an extended period hunkered down in my basement, God reminded me that recognizing my sin is the beginning of change.

That’s when, instead of beating myself up, thinking I should be able to fix myself or not sin without His intervention, I need to ask Him to help me change.  I need to recognize that I sinned, ask for forgiveness, and acknowledge that I can’t do it on my own – I can’t change without Him.  Peter wasn’t even strong enough to not deny Jesus three times, even with all his confidence and hanging with Jesus in the physical sense.

On the surface, it sounds depressing to think that I can’t make myself more righteous by anything I do.  The only thing I can do is cling to Jesus.  He’s my only hope.  It forces me to realize how small I am, how little power I have.  I walk along thinking I’m Napoleon, but then realize I’m only an infant, incapable of doing much other than peeing and pooping, and depending on my Father for everything else.  It’s hard.  It’s hard to be confronted with your smallness.

But it’s also freeing.  I’m free from the working, the trying hard, the comparing, the earning, and the striving.  I can relax in my Father’s arms and let him do the work in me.  He transforms my heart and my desire for that sin lessens.

What “freedom moments” has God revealed for you recently?




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The Freedom of Limitations — 8 Comments

  1. Nothing quite as freeing as turning it over to Him is there? My freedom moment is when He revealed that my time is finite and I need to use it wisely. And no, I won’t get everything done I want to do but I will get everything done He want’s me to do! :)

  2. That’s so good. I remember when I finally learned the difference between what God wants me to do and what others think I should do. Talk about freedom.

  3. What a great post, Kate. Thank you for being so transparent. When faced with our own sin our knee-jerk reaction is to hide it – it’s a “fear of man” issue that seems to affect us all. Myself, in particular.
    I know you read my post about Isaiah’s heart, so I won’t rehash it too much. But the latest freeing moment for me was when Dmitry said that prayer for us, asking that Josh and I would find peace and freedom in the knowledge that our heavenly Father loves Isaiah more than we ever could. For some reason, knowing that fact made me feel a lot less anxious. It was so freeing to know that, if I want Isaiah to be happy/healthy/strong, then God wants it infinitely more.

  4. I can relate to this post – I’ve been there…wanting to hide away from the rest of the world because I failed. And then finding freedom in His grace and love. Thanks for sharing this – and linking up!

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