Our Guts Girls group (the ladies of Guts Church) are participating in a Beth Moore DVD Bible Study of the book of Revelation. The amazing revelations that Beth Moore presents throughout the book of Revelation are phenomenal and provided insight for my life. Revelation 1:8 is one of my favorite verses, and in the Amplified Bible it states, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord God, He Who Is and Who Was and Who is to come, the Almighty." Beth Moore speaks on the awesomeness of this verse in describing the character, nature, and presence of God - "God cannot not be; He is presently being in our lives no matter the situation or circumstance. You cannot, in your life, have a moment without Him; He is always present. He is in your present, in your past, and in your future." This parallels nothing being able to separate you from God and His love, because He can never cease to be.
Beth also cites the importance of the tense used in the Word, which for an English major like myself made my heart giddy with excitement. She talked about how God loves us, which is a present, active participle (in the present, active tense; which, since being active means it continues with time; it is always present tense regardless of the time that passes). In reference to who God says He is (He Is, Was, and Is to come), God loves us, loved us, and will continue to love us - He cannot not love us.
God freed us, and another grammar lesson for the day is that "freed" is a past participle. Freed is referencing an action that took place in the past; it is not active and therefore is not a continuation (as in, I "am being" freed, or I "will be" freed) but has occurred in the past; it has been done. Since this has already occurred - you have already been freed - anything present in your life is what you're holding onto.
Your behavior, your actions, are a result of your core belief system: what you believe when you're alone, in the dark, with no one there to encourage you. What YOU truly believe.