“When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished’ and He bowed his head and gave up his spirit”–John 19:30
(That moment when at 1 o’clock in the morning you connect Mexico’s Independence Day thought with your relationship with God).
On September 16th 1810 a brave man by the name, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, rang the church bells and gave an inspirational speech to the people to stand up and fight for their independence. This is commonly known as “El Grito De Dolores”, most commonly known event as the day Mexico proclaimed their independence. Mexico went to war. They did not gain their complete independence until September 27th 1821. They went to war for 11 years. It took them 11 years to be broken free from the Spanish government..
Independence is a process…
There are times that we feel bound at moments even oppressed by things of this world. Maybe it’s finances or future plans and goals. Maybe it a desire to please everyone, or perfectionism. Maybe it’s the desire to be liked by everyone, or the constant pressure of always being the leader. Maybe it’s about being the smartest one in the room. Maybe it’s just unhealthy habits like eating too many Oreos in one sitting. Or “healthy” habits carried to an excess such as workingout or dieting. Maybe it’s been binge watching shows on Netflix. Whatever the cause, Jesus came to set the captives free.
Set the captives free…
You may have already acknowledged what you may be a slave to and even proclaimed freedom over it. But remember breaking free is a process. Especially if it’s something that has a very deep root in your life. So don’t be discouraged if the problem continues to come back, accept it for what it is (“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23) but do not misconstrue this as an excuse. Do something about it, or maybe I should say look to the One who is doing something about it; He will guide you to independence from it. When Jesus died on the cross He said “it is finished”. So, you have been set free, but sometimes it takes us time to step into this freedom. For some it may be a very short season and for others it could be a longer season, that does not matter. What is important is that Jesus said “it is finished” and if He proclaimed this Truth on the cross, He will walk you through it. He will carry you into that freedom.
So my dear friends, do not be discouraged. Be encouraged in knowing that God is your strength and in Him is the victory. In Him, there is life. Victory is there, now it’s just a process of getting you there.
God inspired me to use Mexico as an opening point just because Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated today. My purpose, hope, and prayer for you is to remember breaking free is a process.
May your thoughts and heart be at rest in His victory. “Be still my heart be still”.
In His abounding love,