God NEVER creates someone and says, “This is Stacie, when she grows up, she’s going to be addicted to meth!” Nor does God create Tony and say, “This is Tony, he is going to grow up never being able to hold down a job because he can’t stay sober long enough to keep a job.” So, then how do women grow up and become addicted to meth? How does Tony grow up and become an alcoholic? You can ask this question of very human tragedy and malady that exists…and the end answer is…BECAUSE OF THE LIE (whether they ever intended to or not) and have forgotten who they are. The lie has taken a hold of their life in such a way that they have surrendered a FREE life for a life that is enslaved, in bondage, addicted, or to different degrees lost of control.
What Jesus came to restore is the FREE life (John 8:32, 36) that God intended for us all along. The path to a new life, an abundant life, a Viva la Vida life (as we have been talking about) can only come when we are truly free. And by “free” we don’t mean we “get to do whatever we want” (which ironically is only the enslavement to myself ) but free to see ourselves through the eyes of God’s intent. We are truly free when we are living out our truest, real, most authentic, God-image stamped life! And that life comes to us through Jesus Christ as his truth exposes the lies that have kept us in bondage. You can hear more of that message here FREE Life message.
In the message I refer to two resources that I recommend to those who need some help systematically working through some possible areas of life that have lies at is foundation. One is a book by Neil Anderson entitled Bondage Breaker. Several asked for a copy of it, for which they have been ordered, but if you would like to purchase this resource for yourself you can find it here: Bondage Breaker
The second is just the workbook that goes along with the Bondage Breaker book and it is entitled Steps to Freedom in Christ and you can order your own workbook here: Steps to Freedom
May the Lord bless you with heavy doses of liberating truth that you might live out a Viva la Vida life…a NEW, ABUNDANT, and FREE life!!
This Sunday: ETERNAL life…which is WAY more than just what happens after death. Don’t miss it. Bring a friend.