I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.~Exodus 20:2 NASB
Before I accepted God’s grace and forgiveness, I was enslaved by my desire to live up to the unrealistic expectations I had set for myself. I was intimidated by those who always seemed to “get it right.” Sometimes it seemed I always got it wrong.
God brought the Hebrews out of Egypt, where they were enslaved for 400 years. At one time or another, most of us are enslaved in our own Egypt. It could be an addiction, bad habits, debt, or failure to forgive. It could even be envy or low self-esteem.
When I began to trust Jesus, I began to lean on Him. He showed me His strength when I was weak. He picked me up when I fell.
Finally, I got it! I realized people accepted me for myself, and I didn’t have to pretend anymore. The mask came off.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.~Matthew 5:16 NKJV
God created me to write for His glory.
I love to write and have done so most of my life but, until a few years ago, I never discussed my passion for writing. I was afraid others would say, “Who do you think you are?” As I grew in Christ, I gained confidence in who I am in Him. I can now say without apology, “I am a writer, equipped by God to write for His glory. In Jesus alone, I have been made free.”
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.~2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead and to set us on the path that God has planned for us, we are free to be ourselves. He has made us free.
What are some ways you have changed your expectations which enabled you to become more confident in who you are in Christ?
Gracious God, who created the vast universe and all it contains, have made plans for each one of us, and You love us with an everlasting love. You are faithful and true, and You redeem us and give us new life. I ask You to take the talents You have given to me, and use them glorify You.
Through the Holy Spirit and in Jesus’s name I humbly pray, Amen.
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EVELYN MASON WELLS
Evelyn Mason Wells is a Bible study and devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
She is an award-winning author who has contributed to Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character (2019 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Glimmers of Heavenly Light (Faith Books & More), Let the Earth Rejoice (Worthy Inspired), Breaking the Chains (2018 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Just Breathe (Worthy/Ellie Claire), and Feed Your Soul with the Word of God (Lighthouse Bible Studies).
Evelyn is published at Refresh Bible Study Magazine and Christian Broadcasting Network.
Passionate about glorifying God through her writing and speaking, Evelyn enjoys spending time on short-term mission trips, both domestic and foreign.
Evelyn loves attending Bible studies, spiritual retreats, and having good conversation with friends over lunch or a glass of tea. She is an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. She enjoys good books, her cats, traveling, and spending time with her family—especially her grandchildren.
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