As a part of our “One Word” series for this year, I thought long and hard to find the right “one word” for me. I had so many come to mind, like Redeemed, Forgiven, Blessed, but didn’t really feel drawn to them. Then as I was reading my Bible, “one word” struck out at me: LOOSE
There are many definitions of the word loose, but the versions that I chose, was the verb form.
loose – (in verb form) free from a state of confinement, restraint, or obligation
Loosed – released; to be free from restraint
Matthew 18:18 says,
“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on on earth shall be bound in Heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.”
It goes on to say that if two or three touch and agree, it shall be given unto them. It got me thinking about the many different chains of bondage that are holding people prisoner today. Chains of darkness from sin and they don’t know what to do or where to go.
One of the references of “LOOSE” that stands out in my mind, is when when Lazarus had died. Jesus came the two miles from Jerusalem to Bethany, to raise him from the dead. The body of Lazarus has already been wrapped in graveclothes and the burial preparations already made. Jesus call Lazarus forth, out of the grave!
John 11:44 says: “And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.”
Just like that, his bondage was loosed and he was able to live again!
Isaiah 58:6 “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”
God doesn’t want us to be oppressed or wear the chains of heavy burdens on our lives. He wants us to be free of anything that is not of Him that adds extra burden to our lives.
Daniel 3:25 “I see four men loosed, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
Could you imagine seeing Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walkin around in that fiery furnace, which was set to be 7X hotter than normally set? Not only that, but the Son of God walking with them? Wow! They went in bound and God broke their chains of bondage!
Luke 13:11-13 “And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. 12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, ‘Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.’ 13 And He laid His hands on her: and IMMEDIATELY she was made straight, and glorified God.”
Put yourself in this woman’s shoes. Bowed over for 18 years! What pain her body must have been in, from the contortion, but Jesus healed her and loosened her from the infirmity.
Acts 16:26 “And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bands were loosed.”
Paul and Silas were in prison and were singing praised unto God at the midnight hour, and all of the prisoners heard them. While they were singing, the earthquake happened and ALL of their bands were loosened. God showed Himself to the prison guard since all of the prisoners stayed were they were instead of fleeing.
God has showed Himself strong in all of the above references. I encourage you to look up each one for yourself and see what happens before or after. If you have any chains of bondage of any kind, whether it be drugs, food, alcohol, pornography, unforgiveness, hatred, distrust, anything that caused extra weight to bare down on your spirit, God is able to break EVERY strand of bondage that is holding you captive. He is already waiting on you to call on Him! Let Him LOOSE you from everything that is keeping you bound.
As I walk in this world, I want to be recognized as a light in the midst of darkness. I don’t want to blend in. Period. However, I’m human, so I have to check myself daily…aka….crucify that flesh!
I shouldn’t have to wear a Christian t-shirt to be identified as a child of God. I shouldn’t have to carry around a salt shaker or flashlight for people to know that I’m the salt of the earth and the light of the world. If I’m talking the talk, I shouldn’t have to defend my walk.
I’ve made up my mind. I refuse to compromise to fit in. I refuse to compromise to have friends. I refuse to compromise. Period.
I may get down and I may get lonely, but I’ll never be alone. Like Angie, I plan to put my focus on being a Jesus Pleaser instead of a People Pleaser. And as much as being a Martha is needed and required, I’m refuse to feel guilty for being a Mary. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not letting go of the Martha in me, but I do tend to feel guilty when I’m in the Mary zone. Not any more. Why? Because it’s all about Him. And He is holy, therefore I must be holy.
You may have heard of this trend, as many bloggers have taken part. Picking one word to be who/what they’d like to become/represent for the year 2013. Not a resolution, but a goal, whether it be for change or growth. I’ve read many “words” this year and last, and found many to be inspiring.
So, yes, I jumped on the bandwagon. This seems like my cup o’ tea… or thermos of coffee… and I need a word desperately.
(Stop laughing! I mean it! Everyone knows I talk a lot… and every chance I get. But really, this time, I’m only picking ONE word!)
I put a lot of prayer and thought into my word, and I believe God has been trying to get this word into my thick skull for awhile. The difference now is that I was sitting quietly, listening to Him, and :gasp: not distracted. (Shocking, I know.)
So without further ado, here is my one word:
You see, I have this
little itty bitty HUGE problem of people pleasing. I want everyone to be happy, and sometimes put that over making GOD happy. Naturally, others are let down in the process and in the end: no one is happy. Not me, not the people, not my family, and especially not Christ.
This year, I only want to please and hold my accountability to the Lord. No one and nothing else. Just Him. I want to live accountable to His Word, His Will, and His Lead. When I do that, I know that everything else will fall into place. And I do mean EVERYTHING!
Already, just a few days into the year, I am facing many changes and challenges. I plan to apply Romans 14:12 to each and every circumstance: So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
Someday, I’m going to stand before my Lord and Savior. I want to hear Him say “Well done!” with the biggest and most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen. Soon, I’ll drop that title of “People Pleaser” and replace it with “Jesus Pleaser”. (Though I’ll still be human, so grant me some grace, please. 😉 )
Have you chosen One Word for your year? If so, please leave a comment or link to your blog post! Please and thank you.
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