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While driving home from our summer vacation this past weekend, I heard a song by Tom Petty, called Refugee.

Sadly, the Lord showed me that this song depicts many of the saints of God.

Before I pursued healing, I certainly lived like a refugee. Are you living like one?

Here’s my version of the lyrics:

“You’ve got a problem and you don’t talk much about it.

You try to live getting around it.

You can choose to believe and receive the grace and freedom God has granted for you…or not.

You’ve experienced negative and traumatic situations: abandonment, rejection, violation.

But you can’t get past those limitations. You use those wounds as excuses to justify sin so you can call yourself a sinner.

You don’t want to fight to be free because fighting for healing and freedom is painful and you don’t want any more pain.

But you don’t realize that you’re not the only one. You are one of millions broken and burned by the world.

Your reality is your sin because you resist receiving the freedom Christ came to give you.

You live unknowingly more by your feelings than by faith.

You allow your situation to continue because you’re bound.

The problem is that you’ve already been rescued (John 11:43-44).

Whatever you’ve been through, you need only to reach out to connect authentically with others who have similar backgrounds and pursue healing with them. When you do, you can gradually receive and embrace the freedom that has been granted to you (John 11:43-44).

But you don’t want to fight to be free because fighting for healing and freedom is painful.”

Think about it. In which ways are you living like a refugee?

Are you entangled in a relationship? Do you struggle with an addiction? Does that same old habit still have a grip on you?

The Lord sees and He cares. Be real and ask Him to show you your next step.

Whatever your struggle, you can choose right now to reach out and connect authentically with others so that you can learn to experience the joys of healing and freedom. You’ll be so glad you did!

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

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John 11:43-44
When He had said this, He shouted with a loud voice, Lazarus, come out!

44 And out walked the man who had been dead, his hands and feet wrapped in burial cloths (linen strips), and with a [burial] napkin bound around his face. Jesus said to them, Free him of the burial wrappings and let him go.

Galatians 6:2
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Psalm 30:2
Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Hebrews 12:13
“Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

1 Peter 4:1
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.

2 Peter 2:9
if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment

2 Timothy 2:3
Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

Colossians 1:13
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

2 Samuel 22:29
You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Job 12:22
He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.

Isaiah 42:16
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,  along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them  and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do;  I will not forsake them.

Psalm 126:5
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.

Matthew 6:23
But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness.

John 12:46
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should

Romans 8:2
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 10:4
Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Romans 13:12
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Ephesians 5:8
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.

1 Thessalonians 5:5
You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.

Hebrews 10:1
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.

1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.


About ashleydwille

Author Ashley D. Wille was always searching for spiritual answers. “True and lasting satisfaction always proved just out of reach. Now, in midlife, I have come to find my soul satiated in God. Through sweet surprises, difficult climbs, and excruciating valleys, the Master’s hand has shaped me. All along the way, God has taught me many things. What He has taught me most is that many of my beliefs about Him were wrong.” Her book, My Journey Through the Cross, is a personal insight shared by an amazing woman. Through her profound experiences and inner struggles, Wille shows how she was able to break through false layers of thinking and move into a deeper relationship with God. Her beautiful journey is just waiting to be shared. If you are ready to live your life free of guilt and shame, you too can learn how to walk in spiritual freedom.
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