In order to Live Free, we must first Break Free.
One of the most difficult things for people to do is overcome their past, their behaviors, addictions, or even belief systems. Many of these issues place pressure on our lives, causing a whole range of consequences that keep us trapped or enslaved, not allowing us to be free. The sermon series we are launching this Sunday will seek to examine Scripture to aid our understanding and help us Break Free.
Have you ever wondered why you always end up in the same place, no matter what you try to do differently? On one occasion, in John 4, Jesus is compelled to travel through Samaria for an appointment with a Samaritan woman. As Jesus interacts with her at Jacob’s Well, we discover that her past could keep her from the life she desires. She is feeling unworthy, unwanted, and she is seemingly alone… until Jesus offers what can fulfill what she has longed for her entire life.
Jesus can provide joy that seems so elusive for those struggling with a burdensome past.
My Behaviors and Addictions
“…to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24
It seems like it might be impossible to lose the behaviors that are inhibiting your ability to Live Free. We need an escape… one only God can provide.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
We can be deceived by our belief system that we reinforce over the years by thoughts, emotions, and actions that produce a lack of self worth.
Do you truly enjoy the grace of God? Many Christians know the Bible, attend church and even do ministry work while they struggle to understand the core of the Gospel. They can quote Scriptures about what Christ did for them, but they still feel they must work to earn His love – and often they end up feeling unworthy and separated from God. So many of our beliefs have been handed down instead of looked up; we need to verify what we believe through the truth of His Word.
I hope you will join us for this three-week series, beginning Sunday, April 3rd.