Freedom…. What is Freedom? Why as humans do we desire freedom so much? Why is it that deep down most of us don’t have a sense of true freedom? These questions play in our minds so often. It is a constant battle of forgiveness, love and overcoming the strongholds that hold us captive. The exciting truth is that God has a plan for each and every one of us, designed by Him before we were even created. This week we, the July DTS, embarked on a journey of discovering God’s Original Design for us. We gathered the tools to overcome strongholds, forgive injustices and break generational sins. Through the love and mercy of God, we began to embrace our true identity in Him.

The wise Martin Luther King once said “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” In this way, we as Christians need to make the decision to accept freedom. We will only ever experience true freedom when we give up strongholds that bind us to sin and forgive those who have hurt us in the past. In order to forgive others, we must first learn to forgive ourselves. For many, this is a difficult plight. The results, however, are more life changing than we could ever imagine.

It is essential for us to first believe God’s original design for us so that we can then accept our true identity in Him. On Monday night, each of us eager students scampered to our awaiting prayer teams, hungry to hear what God was saying about who we are. The leaders of our school, along with other members of the Oval community, began to pray for each one of us, asking God to reveal to them our unique original designs. As a team, we embraced the words of Ephesians 2:10 which reads “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”. This time of revelation was incredible. The confidence that came in hearing and believing who God had created us to be was empowering.

Via this revelation of our original design, we began to break the words and the strongholds that kept us captive from fully living in His truth. Later in the week, with the support of our leaders, we began to unearth the deep roots that were keeping us from fulfilling our purpose in life. As a group, we struggled particularly with fear and shame. These roots gave growth to issues of isolation, self condemnation, guilt and passivity along with many others. This time of prayer brought about much emotion and through the four R’s (Repent, Receive, Rebuke and Replace) we found peace and freedom in God.

Through the understanding of who God created us to be in Him and the importance of overcoming strongholds and forgiving others, we encountered a freedom that previously only existed in our dreams. Spirits were high in the final class of the week as we declared our original design in front of the class. We all now live in confidence that God created us for a reason and His purpose for us goes beyond our years. The negative roots of the past have been removed and as we continue in this walk with the Lord, may a new foundation of truth in Him develop.



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