As I think about my life, I always think to myself; “what took me so long to get here?” In those moments I think about the past, or I read my journals from 2013-2015 to see what held me back. I took me a while but all I wanted was freedom…but a different type of freedom. The kind of freedom where I can do what I want without anybody in my business or not having to worry about who's watching me or not. That's the kind of freedom I wanted and that's what I thought freedom was to be honest. For some of you you're probably like “Yea, that is freedom” and in some ways it is but that kind of freedom I would call physical freedom. It is super easy to go out and do what you want when you want to. You're physically free to do so but, is that true freedom? As most people may know, a few months ago, I transitioned out of my church that I practically grew up in. I served the church in many ways and lead ministries. However, I lost myself in serving the church because I didn't understand what it meant to serve Christ. Due to that mindset, I never knew what it meant to be truly free in Christ. I was serving the church in hopes to draw closer to God, instead of putting God first in all that I do. God needed me to serve Him wholeheartedly in the most basic way and that was through His word, prayer, and fasting; not through anything else! Now I can say that I'm experiencing true freedom and I can serve with excellence knowing who I'm doing it for first. I say all this to tell you that true freedom is when you’re no longer a slave to what you'd hoped would fill the emptiness in you but a slave to Christ in which changes the way you serve. True freedom is also KNOWING that you have full unlimited access to God through Jesus Christ. I'm learning that many people are not free and at times are stuck because they feel that freedom should be some obvious public representation so it's known to everyone. Being free is not something you go around showing off; people will see the fruit of your freedom by the way you live. Even if you were to showcase how free you are, are you able to remain free? It is our responsibility to remain free and that means refusing to sin, refusing to serve anything that's keeping you bound, and refusing to lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). The Lord has freed us from sin by sending his son to die on the cross for us and paying the price for our mess that we can never repay. As many of us may know this, why do we still choose to live life as if we are not free? The reason is because it's a choice. You CAN believe and trust in Jesus and when you do that, you are free (Acts 13:38-39). It's all a matter of how much you value your freedom and do you value it enough by making the choice to believe and trust God for it. There's an example from the movie “God's Not Dead” and an old lady who I believed suffered from dementia got a visit from her son in the nursing home. Her son was this prideful successful man who didn't believe in God. Out of the blue she said something profound that shook him. She said “Sometimes the Devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn't want them turning to God. Your sin is like a jail cell except it's nice and comfy and there doesn't seem to be any need to leave. The door is wide open and one day time runs out and the cell door slams shut, suddenly it's too late”. I say to you to choose to walk out the cell door if it's open, choose to experience true freedom in Christ and believe.
Young Women, I pray that you were blessed by this post and I pray that you experience true freedom like I am. Keep pressing in Gods presence and ask Him to reveal to you the things that are keeping you bound and tied up. You don't have to stay and find comfort there. Put your hope in Jesus and trust that He will loosen and break whatever it is that causing you not to experience true freedom. Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).
My name is Raquel Meraki and I'm a young woman who is on the journey of self discovery and independence.