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When you’re asked to give up that good thing

“The way you counsel and correct me makes me praise you more, for your whispers in the night give me wisdom, showing me what to do next. Because you are close to me and always available, my confidence will never be shaken, for I experience your wrap-around presence every moment. My heart and soul explode with joy—full of glory! Even my body will rest confident and secure. For you will not abandon me to the realm of death, nor will you allow your Holy One to experience corruption. For you bring me a continual revelation of resurrection life, the path to the bliss that brings me face-to-face with you.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:7-11‬ ‭TPT‬‬

What if when the Holy Spirit prompts us to pray today, we pray in the truth that He can do immeasurably more than we can imagine? (Ephesians 3:16-22)

What if?

What if in His presence we begin to notice a heart shift? A shifting away who we’ve always been, of what we’ve left behind, of the tragedy, the fear, the rejection, the envy, and the pain, to someone new, and more ourselves.

What if our requests to the Giver of all things (Matt. 6:33) were moderated by the truth that our Father desires us to know just how loved we are? It’s from this space of perfect love (1 Jn. 4:11-21) that we find freedom given to us by Christ to speak boldly and approach His throne.  It’s from this reality that we can confidently lace up our sneakers, having peace (Eph. 6) as our purpose. Only then will our hearts be prepared to move at the pace of grace, instead of allowing comparison, performance, hustle, or being offended to hinder our putting one foot in front of the other.

As I look back over the Revelation Wellness themes of this year and the trajectory of my own life, I see God being very intentional in showing me that He never wastes anything. God loves to show me in surprising ways where I’ve put my trust in my trust and my own know-how. Several days ago someone posted a graphic on Instagram that read “GET YOUR GROOVE ON.” They had crossed out the word groove and written in the word armor. For some reason, this triggered the ugly cry. I sobbed. The Holy Spirit asked me what would happen if I was asked to surrender the thing that represents my freedom, the thing I use to speak to others, my weapon that I use to claim my identity when chaos tries to call my name, the thing that is my very jam and my language. He was asking me if would surrender that thing and let Him give me something else in exchange.

My immediate response was to ask God why He would ask me to give Him back something He gave me. He didn’t answer me, which gave me my answer. If we are willing to give Him the thing He asks of us, He can see that in our hearts. The way we respond to God’s requests reveals the true condition of our hearts. If our heart is not positioned towards the desires He has for us, all of our “things”– even good things–can become idols.

I love to dance, I LOVE to get my groove on. If you know me you know that dancing brings me tremendous joy. Dancing is a physical representation of the freedom from bondage and body image issues, captivity in my thoughts, and wrong opinions of myself.  When I dance I feel like the chains have come off so cleanly that I am finally free to move.

Why would God ask me to let go of this?

He reminded me of his armor in Ephesians 6:10-18.  I asked God to show me where I had forgotten to put on my armor. If it was fitting me poorly or if I had forgotten to put on what He said I needed, I prayed He would reveal it to me. I asked if I was fully dressed. I asked if He had truly given me permission to move in the direction I’ve been heading, the direction of ‘getting my groove on.’

He clarified that He had given me permission to be free, to move with joy, to move from a space of love and to continue in the direction I am going. As long as I consult with Him through His Word every day as I’m getting “dressed,” He will help me move in love and not in fear. I know that the Lord will let me know if I’m not fully dressed. How I respond to His promptings makes clear to me what He already knows– if I am dressed in a way that makes me full of myself or fully myself in Christ.  We get to love God, get healthy, be whole and love others by wearing the armor He is asking us to put on–not someone else’s armor, but the specific pieces He has made for us– and doing so obediently.

 

Amia Freeman is a Revelation Wellness instructor in Marietta, Georgia who has never found a rhythm she couldn’t groove to. But it’s the unforced rhythm of grace that moves her through life with her husband and 3 kids.

Thank you for reading along on the Revelation Wellness blog this week! Stay tuned next week for a message from Alisa on our November theme, Moving Mountains!

 

WELLNESS TIP #5409: Dancing makes you feel happy and connected!

According to Dr. Bronwyn Tarr, Dr. Jaques Launay, and Dr. Robin I. M. Dunbar, in an article called, “Music and social bonding: “self-other” merging and neurohormonal mechanisms,” published in Frontier Psychology (2014), “music-making, and movement to music, are activities central to ritual, courtship, identity, and human expression cross-culturally.” Be encouraged! You’re growing in community and knowledge of your God-given design every time you dance with a friend or in a RevFit class!

Workout with us in this #wednesdayworkout! For more workouts like this, partner with Revelation Wellness for at least $10/month and receive RevWellTV!

HEATHER G’S STRENGTHEN & STRETCH – “BREATHE” 

(ALL LEVELS) (GENESIS 2:7; OPTIONAL: PILATES BALL OR BALL)

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Brigitte Ledet October 31, 2018

Very well spoken, AMIA. This hit home and was very Inspirational Thank you for sharing.

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Carla Hancock October 31, 2018

Wow, was this message spot-on for me and something i recenntly Also did - surrendered how i suited up to listen and obey to God’s loving call in a different way. I too have to check with God on how i put on my armor each day to go in his good orederly direction for me. Loved the buble verses used too for this message of wellness!

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