“Do you want to learn how to get dressed by yourself?” I laid my toddler’s pants flat on the floor, and showed him how to guide the first leg into the leg opening.
He struggled, and protested, “I can’t do it!”
“Sure, you can!” I grabbed the bottom of each pant leg, then turned my hands into a hungry monster waiting for his foot to pop out so I can grab it. Smiling, his frustration quickly faded to eager determination as he slid his leg down the pant leg and out popped his foot.
I grabbed his foot, “You did it!” He giggled, and couldn’t wait to try the next leg. We laughed and celebrated with a hug when he finished.
The next time I tried to get him dressed without his help, he snatched the pants from my grip. “No, I do it! I do it! I do it all myself!” He ended up needing my help anyway, but one of these days my toddler is really going to learn how to get dressed by himself.
I don’t allow my kids to stay in a mindset that they can’t do something. I know they are capable; they just need to learn and be obedient.
In the same way, my Heavenly Father doesn’t want me to have a “can’t do it” mindset. He knows I’m not in a glorified body—yet—and He is continually teaching me the power of His Word.
Since I was justified by the work of Jesus on the cross, I am not a mess. I am righteous. I might still sin sometimes, but that doesn’t mean I have to “get saved” all over again. No, it means that I need to learn how to deal with sin.
If I sin, then Jesus says it enslaves me (John 8:34). It’s normal for me to begin thinking I can’t be free. But He doesn’t allow me to stay there.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 HCSB
Yes, it’s normal for me to be “in process.” (We’ll talk more about this next post.) He’s working on me, and He shows me my part.
Do you ever feel like you can’t be free from the enslavement of sin?
Join me next time as I share how God invites me to freedom by changing what I say.
Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.
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