On Friday, school did NOT go according to plan, but it was very powerful and exactly what we as a class needed. It started off with a classmate talking about how he had a vision of God telling him basically to be a chair. There is no need to fight, now is just the time to sit and do nothing. Just enjoy God and Who He is and what He’s done. Through that, there would be freedom from some of the addictions this man was dealing with. The teacher made mention that this period of time was a time for a lot of people (in the classroom, but I’m noticing for friends in my life) to just be a chair. “What do chairs do?” She asked us. “Nothing! They just sit there.” There is a time to fight and fight, and even to claw tooth and nail for something, but then there are just times when God says, “OK, you’ve done enough. Now just sit there and enjoy Me. I’ll handle the rest.”
Then Autumn started talking about the verse in the Bible that says, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free.” Christ set us free so that we would have the freedom to choose. If we have addictions, we aren’t in control of them, they control US. When we are set free, of course we have the freedom to choose, but we are meant to use that freedom to choose LIFE, and not death. Being freed from an addiction or thought is like being freed from jail: we now have all the freedom in the world. The real question is how are we going to use that freedom? The main thing is we give Christ the keys to that jail cell. Sure we have control of our lives, but by having the freedom to choose, we as Believers should choose to let our King Jesus Christ have the keys to our life.
One of the few notes I have down almost word for word that Autumn said is: “Pursue until you get Jesus and if you slip up, then oh well.” The point is to keep going NO MATTER WHAT.
Bondage is not a reality, it’s an addiction and one that many Believers struggle with. One that Jesus died to set us free from. We don’t need a 12-step program to break free, we just need to be a chair. I was texting a friend who’s been struggling with an addiction for some time and coincidentally (not really, but I can’t think of a better word) texted me on Friday evening about how they felt their life was headed in the direction of one in bondage. I told them something from class that goes a little like this: “By saying no to our addictions, we give them more power over us.” My pastor preached on it some time ago (I need to see if I can find it) on the power of “no”. What we need to do INSTEAD OF saying no to the addictions and bondage is to say YES to Jesus and to who we are in Him as children of God who are saved, set free and set apart for His use only. I don’t really know (I only know what I’ve been told over text) how well it helped my friend out, but I know if this is really applied it can change your life just like it did my classmates.
Speaking of which, I will finish telling you the rest of Friday’s story as a nice way to close out this post. After having taught on addictions and freedom for over an hour (which is nowhere close to what she had intended to talk about), she finally decided (contrary to my classmates’ view, it only took Autumn about 30 seconds to decide if she was going to teach or minister to those who needed it) to push the tables and chairs back so she would have room to pray for those who needed it. I love how she worded the “altar call” too: Who wants to be free for Christmas? I was honestly shocked to see how many people responded and how quickly. Because I was not one of the people needing any ministry Autumn “deputized” me and a few others to be intercessors and to stand behind her and to help give the extra push. Almost as soon as she started praying I almost fell over because of how strong the Spirit of God was in that room. Within maybe 45 seconds no one who was being ministered to was left standing and a few of the intercessors helped take a few of them deeper into freedom by going over to them and holding their hands and praying specifically with them. Autumn was still ministering to a few people so I stayed up and did more of a “general” prayer, where I wasn’t over any one person but I was still pushing for the presence and power of God to touch and change lives. It was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC to see God work that way and I even started laughing while still in the room thinking about how awesome God is and I was even humbled that I got to be a witness of what He did that day. It was great to hear testimonies from a few of my classmates in their blogs (which I will link to in a moment), but don’t forget the reason I wrote this blog.
It was for you; the one struggling with that addiction, the one struggling with those thoughts of inadequacy. Just stop. Don’t struggle, and don’t fight. Just be. That’s all God wants you to do right now. Tell Him: God, I don’t want to live like this anymore. I choose to just be in You. You have called me and set me apart and I set myself apart for Your use only. Thank You for setting me free, Father. But don’t use my words. Use your own. Write out a confession of who you know you are in Christ. Print 10 of them out and put them in places you’ll see them so whenever you feel yourself start fighting, just remember who you are in Him and He will do the rest. Be a chair.
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