Posted by: Bridgett.
Have you declared your independence lately?
In 1776, America’s founding fathers did just that. They took a bold, scary, irrevocable step that led to total freedom from British authority.
If you live in America, can you imagine some guy from England showing up at your doorstep today, demanding you pay a fine for violating some law established by the British parliament? You’d laugh in his face.
Last weekend, our church hosted guest minister Russell Kalenberg. His message gave me an entirely new perspective on what it means to declare independence. As I listened, ideas not only for this blog post, but for my life as a writer and believer, started brewing.
So, what does it mean to declare independence? In this land of liberty I and many others are blessed to call home, from what do we still need to break free?
To declare means: to make clearly known or announce officially: to state emphatically
The Bible has much to say about the power of our words, for good or ill. Here is one example:
You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways (paths, in some translations). (Job 22:28 NKJV)
What kinds of things is God eager to “establish” for us? Isaiah 54:14 lists a biggie:
In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear…(NKJV)
When I hear the word “oppression,” I usually think of tyrants and dictators and third-world countries, or maybe even demonic forces keeping unbelievers in bondage to darkness.
Oppression can come in a far less obvious form.
In the closing keynote address of the Realm Makers writers’ conference, bestselling author Tosca Lee described the two “demons” every writer faces: perfectionism and fear. I think, however, there is only one. Fear. Perfectionism is a product of fear.
What is fear?
It’s the destructive mirror image of faith. Both are founded on expectation. Faith, according to Hebrews 11:1, is the confident assurance, the certainty, the expectation that the things hoped for will come to pass. Fear is the expectation that the thing we dread or least want to happen will come to pass. In a way, fear is faith in the works of darkness.
This “demon” doesn’t just plague writers, though. Any dream, calling, or worthwhile pursuit can be derailed if we live under the oppression of fear.
Fear of rejection. Fear of failure. Fear of not being good enough (for ourselves or others). Fear of backlash, punishment, or persecution. Fear of death.
Caution born of Godly wisdom is good. It is the result of God shining His light on our path, showing us the pitfalls ahead so we won’t stumble into them.
But fear? There is no light in fear. Fear is darkness.
The thing is, God fought and won the war for our independence from the tyranny of fear and darkness 2000 years ago. And independence means total freedom from the control of another.
God has freed us from the power of darkness, and he brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son. (Colossians 1:13 NCV)
So, it’s up to us. Every day, every time fear or some other ambassador of Darkness tries to exert its kingdom’s rule over us, let’s laugh in its face.
Better yet; writers, artists, dreamers, encouragers, believers, all those called of God…let us boldly and loudly DECLARE our INDEPENDENCE!
Your turn to Shed Your Light below…
How and from what have you declared your independence?
About the author:
Bridgett Powers has defied the limitations of impaired vision and overcome a 21-year battle against chronic pain, all of which taught her a profound truth. God shines brightest through cracked lanterns.
Now, she shares that truth through her fantasy novels, picture book, and short stories. A member of ACFW and MyBookTherapy, she also serves as co-leader and writing coach for her writer’s group, operates a proofreading and editing service, and teaches writing workshops.