We all have a past that has influenced the person we’ve become. The struggles, hurts, disappointments and even abuse that we’ve suffered, often cause us to build an armour to protect us throughout our lives. We wear it, as if it’s part of who we are, but it is built by fear and control, to secure our position going forward… ensuring that those arrows that have penetrated our hearts in the past, will never penetrate it again.
Jesus stands before us, and He is saying, ‘Will you drop your armour? Will you stand naked and vulnerable before Me, so I can clothe you and cover you with My love? Will you trust Me, and abandon yourself to Me in full surrender with all your heart, soul and mind? For I have a life of freedom awaiting you, but you can’t run free unless you drop the armour that has weighed you down.’
Jesus wants to weld His love and truth upon us, that we will wear it until it becomes one with our flesh. He is the one who covers us, and in His love, we are safe and protected from the darts and arrows that life shoots at us. His Word is the truth by which we live. What He says is fact, and keeps me looking and running forward, even in the midst of accusation, judgement and criticism.
It’s time to run free, to trust and to abandon fear once and for all.
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
1 John 4:18
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.