My brain is a perplexity of conundrums. As I talk to myself and listen to the voices in there, I find some highly unusual conversations. But this week, it’s been about a song.
There are songs that just stick in there. (Like the military cadence to Baby Shark … ugh). They ramble around and I hear them over and over. This week it is the song No Longer Slaves. Maybe I should blame Mary B., for she sang it with such pathos and power Sunday, I can’t get it out of my mind. Maybe it’s the video I watched where Zach Williams sings it this song and Chain Breaker at Harding Prison, just touched me in a way I felt God’s hands on me and his voice speaking with such intimacy and reassurance of His deliverance.
The imagery of God delivering the Israelites out of Egypt is vivid. He split the seas that we can walk right through it. He has our back, He fights for us, He delivers us, and He empowers us to never fall back into that which enslaved us … fear, sin, bondage, defeat.
Romans 6.6-8 and 8.15-16 truly hit home. We are no longer slaves to sin. We have been set free from the power of sin and we are overcomers. But even greater, I am a child of God. He has chosen me, called me by name … He knows my name. He knows my name. The King of King, the Lord of Lords, He knows my name. Get that … with everything that occupies His mind, with all of creation and infinite details … I AM A CHILD OF GOD and HE KNOWS MY NAME!! Yes, all caps, for I want to shout that.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (8.15-15)
I get so wound up in fears at times … fears of not meeting people’s expectations, fears of insignificance, fears of failures. And so many more. But He unravels me. He sticks with me as I calm down and remember what He has already done. These things of the world, these fears, these struggles … all unravel, fall apart in the perfect Love of God.
So … today, to those that are His, remember these truth. No matter what you face, no matter the struggles, fears, failures, pressures, problems, losses, hurts, pains, battles …
- We are no longer slaves to sin and fears
- We are free
- We are a child of God
- He knows our name
- He loves us with perfect love
If these don’t get you smiling, I don’t know what will. So have a great weekend. I have to go back to humming the song bouncing around in my grey matter … you split the sea so I could walk right through it, my fears were drowned in perfect love, you rescued me and I stand sing, I am a child of God.