But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. James 3:8-10 nasb
A few days later, moving forward in the book was challenging. When I was asked to write down a persistent emotion or area of bondage, a single event came to my mind. I was in my kitchen as a child—maybe 12 years old—and my grandmother who lived with us made a pronouncement over my life. I was washing dishes at the sink, and she didn’t like the way I was washing them. Looking back as an adult, I realize how ridiculous her opinions and thoughts were about the way I was going about dish washing, but as a child I was frozen in fear. She kept repeating to me that my method was stupid, and I would never amount to anything in life. I kept washing the dishes the best I knew how as she pronounced over and over again my shortcomings and life sentence of failure. Her face was cruel and her tone of voice confident and reassuring of how inadequate I was. I remember the shock I felt and the lie I believed. “You are a failure at the simple things in life. You will never be smart enough or good enough. You are bad.”
I lived life under that pronouncement. My grandmother confirmed what I had been living since infancy. I was and still am often verbally told or through actions or unspoken messages that I was/am:
The emotions and thoughts I feel:
Jesus has paid the price and is calling us out of bondage. We do not realize the abundance of what He has to offer through His wisdom and love. We can’t believe it, so we don’t partake. God is calling me to believe, accept, and partake!
2 Corinthians Chapter 3 was a resting place for me, and Jesus opened my eyes and heart. The glory of the new covenant through the work of Jesus is FREEDOM!
"But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
Jesus, help me turn to you—TRUTH! Only in you are the lies taken away. May I call upon your Spirit of truth and live in freedom. I must contemplate, read, and acknowledge Your Word and promises in my life, so that I can be transformed into your image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from You alone. I am your child. I am completely loved with no exceptions. I am worthy of this love, and I am Yours alone. I belong to You. I can completely trust You in my transformation process. Amen