Throw out your rule book.

Just tear it up and burn it like an ex-boyfriend’s photograph. Yep. I said that.

You see, I grew up following rules. It was just what you did. Well, not always cause I was a bit of a rebel… but overall  I felt if I just obeyed what I was told I would be awesome. I thought I was somehow better than others if I could just obey the rules, didn’t do this or that. It would make me “perfect” or “righteous” or “good enough”, but at the same time  no matter what I did I still didn’t feel good enough or that I had done enough.

It wasn’t until I was twenty-something that I threw away the rule book, gutted myself of my own good deeds and started over… 

One day I read something that I probably read a million times before, but this time it was different. I read…

 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Basically, we are made the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. Period. So, in that moment I realized that I am not a “wretch” or a “sinner” as had been drilled into my cranium for years. In fact, righteousness was a gift just like salvation. Freely given by Christ upon the cross. Not because of anything I did.

Now, just sit there for a moment… let it blow your mind. 

Right, I know what you are thinking… “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound. It saved a wretch like me.” We all know the song, we all love the song… but don’t stay in that moment of salvation… receive it, let it wash over you and then get your new name. No longer sinner, but saint.

During this mind numbing and cranium melting experience I also read this…

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2 (KJV)

Romans 8 blows my mind. The entire chapter. Literally. Because when you first read it you are seeing a battle between “flesh” and “spirit” and it’s like okay who can keep up with this! It’s worse that watching George St-Pierre in a UFC fight when you are screaming at the television… Get up! Fight like a man! Stop the wrestling! Knock somebody out!

So goes the chapter, until you realize something. In Christ, you have been made free from the law of sin, you have been made free from the “flesh”. You have been liberated to walk in the Spirit of Christ. He is your Righteousness. Just read the whole thing, Chapter 8, from your new position, your new perspective and it will read a lot different than the first time.

Finally, if you continue to read Romans, as your face gets melted off with God’s goodness, you will bump into to this glorious nugget.

“For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.” Romans 10:4 (NLT)

Finished. Drop the mic and walk off stage.

All my works and my rule abiding and my good citizenship award, mean nothing. The laws and rules I tried so hard to follow, but kept falling short of were fulfilled. Meaning one person, did it all. He was the master at obeying the rules, so much that he broke them in half! Shattered them with his awesomeness and then tucked us up inside and said, I did it  for them. So we, as believers, are now made right or made righteous with God. 

This led me to total liberation and peace.

Have you ever felt peace? Real peace. The kind that comes washing over you like a wave. Where there was anxiety and stress and bitterness and pain and shame… then in a moment there is a soothing peace like liquid honey. Just dripping over you and you stand in that moment and feel complete calm.

That’s what happened to me when I threw out my rule book.

Published by brynnshamp

Brynn Leigh Shamp is the Creator & Author of Diary of a Preacher’s Wife. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Destiny Encounters International, a ministry formed in 2009 with her husband, Charlie Shamp. Her blog was designed to tell her story and to inspire others in their own life’s journey. Her articles include topics such as faith, family, marriage, ministry and world travel. When she’s not out canvassing the globe, she resides with her husband and three children in Moravian Falls, NC. Her favorite things include: Books, books and more books; all things Jane Austen; Italian Food; Making her Mother laugh; Journals, Planners & Details…

4 thoughts on “Liberation.

  1. Thank you for sharing! I love your read and your perspective on this! Short, sweet and to the point! 🙂 I’m at the place in my life where I am in peace like liquid honey. I don’t walk in as much anxiety as I used to and I just know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is just the beginning of the rest of my life in Him 🙂 Thanks for sharing again, Brynn!

  2. The most peace I feel in a day is feeding my baby. Everything is right. I left my job so I could be with my kids and I love the moments I have reading and being with them. I love this post! Right now I’m trying to be a multitasking mom trying to pay for gymnastic lessons by reaching out to other blogging moms to see if they would be interested in joining Melaleuca – it is a very reputable Wellness company that is like Whole Foods quality at Target prices with Amazon ease. I am a REAL person I promise (check me out) and I hope you will e-mail me for more info.

  3. This was an easy read and understood your point that got over to me. I really enjoyed this and now I am curious go back in Romans 8……. and read on! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this testimony!! #blessedme

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