Do you have that one song? The one your whole body responds to the moment you hear it? Your chest swells, your heart races, your elbows tingle (…just me?). I have a song like that. It’s Bethel United’s “No Longer Slaves”. The opening chords alone are enough to make me shout, “This song is my JAM!” Then, no matter where I am, my legs are stomping, my fists are pumping, and I’m belting out those refrains like the off-key powerhouse that I am.
This song has been a favorite of mine for a little over a year now. Every time I hear it, I respond the same way; it’s never lost its power. I recently wondered why it resonated so deeply with me.
If you aren’t familiar with the song, you can check it out here. The whole song is incredible, but the chorus and the bridge speak to me the loudest:
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
You split the sea, so I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me, so I could stand and sing
I am a child of God
The last line, in particular, gets me every time. I imagine myself on a cliff, overlooking the sea, screaming that declaration into the wind. My family wishes I was kidding. I’m not…and I do, actually, scream-sing it. :).
But why!? Why do I get so emotional? I realized it’s because I struggle, daily, hourly, minute…ly, to believe those words. I am too quick to forget that I am a child of God. So often, I run back to the familiar chains of fear. I rarely wield the power I have in Christ. But that song awakens the truth within me. It reminds me of who I am.
As you can see below, these lyrics are not just nice thoughts that get me jazzed. Every single line of this song is scriptural, and I believe my reaction is the Holy Spirit within me agreeing with the truth echoed in those lines.
I don’t believe I am the only one who is desperate for this reminder. A quick scroll through our newsfeeds reveals just how rampant fear is in our lives. Friend, we must begin reminding ourselves who and whose we are*. Whether you scream-sing a worship song or recite a list of scriptural truths every morning- there is power in speaking truth over yourself. But don’t stop at speaking it over yourself- throw truth around like confetti! We all have friends who are struggling and hurting. Let’s be the kind of friends who takes the time to say, “Sweet friend, you seem to have forgotten who you are. Allow me to remind you!”
Courage and strength are founded in the truth of who you are.
Consider the darkness that surrounds us: political uncertainty, illness, loss, divorce, miscarriages, war, racial tension and so much more. These issues bear a deep grief that requires courage, strength, and community to walk through. That kind of courage and strength is founded in the truth of who you are.
It’s time to loosen the chains of fear by speaking truth over yourself and others. But in order to speak the truth, you have to know the truth. Do you know who you are? Joyce Meyers has put together an incredible list of scriptures that outlines your identity in Christ. You can check it out here if you’re looking for a way to get started! The method doesn’t matter as much as the message. It’s one that bears repeating daily and never loses its power: You are a Child of God, more than a conqueror, powerful, and beloved!
So, how about you? Is there a song that reminds you of who you are? How do you remind yourself each day that you are a Child of God?
*a phrase borrowed from Wendy Blight; thanks, Wendy!
Verses reflected in the song, “No Longer Slaves”:
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.… Exodus 14:21
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear… 1 Joh 4:18
But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, to redeem those under the Law, that we might receive our adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5