By: Chris Allen
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36) (King James Version). Most of us have heard this familiar passage of scripture, but we have never experienced freedom in Christ in our own lives. We desire this freedom and have sometimes had a false sense of it until a crises hits and the freedom we believed we had, seems to dissipate, leaving us feeling bound, bewildered and battered with thoughts of defeat, discouragement and rejection.
Christ died for us to have an abundant life of freedom in Him, but we have a real adversary who purposefully seeks to kill, steal and destroy our lives. But Jesus says “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” (John 10:10) (Amplified Bible). The enemy of our souls tries to set up traps and snares in our lives to get us to doubt God’s love for us and to doubt all that Christ did at the cross to set us free so that we may have a real intimate and personal relationship with God and truly experience the abundant life Christ died to give us.
What’s Your Status?
By: Chris Allen
“What’s your status?” is not only a popular term on Facebook, but also amongst people; Are you still single? You’re not married yet? When are you going to settle down? Are you still married to ________? As if the answer will somehow determine your state of being or they will determine based on your answer that you are doing ok.
Your status does not determine your happiness, joy or contentment or at least it shouldn’t. In Phil. 4:11 Paul says “I have learned to be content in whatever state I find myself in.” There is nothing on earth that last forever. We don’t know from moment to moment where we will end up in life or where this life will take us. For those of you who are married, you could suddenly find yourself single via divorce or becoming widowed. I know firsthand being previously married for 20 years and finding myself single for the last 2 years via divorce and it was not my idea. That is why it is so important that Continue reading
By: Chris Allen
Satisfied: to have enough; to be full… sufficient.
God purposely put in us an empty space. This space is called an innate spirit that God and God alone can completely fill. God did this because, although He has given us free will of choice, His desire is for us to choose Him to fill that space. But due to sin, selfishness, self-centeredness, pride, and the deception of Satan, we try to fill that space with everything but God which leads us to live empty and defeated lives chasing only what God can give us. We fall into the sin of idolatry, putting people, places and things in the place of God.
Why do we “work so hard for things that are not enough, that can never fill you up, and are endlessly insufficient?” (Beth Moore)
by Chris Allen
It always amazes me that others seem to think they know who I am. They try to label me and make assumptions about me and expect me to believe it. If I question or don’t agree with them, somehow I’m not spiritual enough and I need to let God work that out in me. And if not careful, I would almost start to believe them as if I did not know and believe who God says I am.
It is said that we tend to believe what we hear ourselves say about ourselves quicker than what we hear others say. Do you hear right things about yourself? If not, the problem is you’re not saying the right things or you don’t know the right things to say because you don’t know what God says about you. It is vitally important, as a blood bought believer, to know what the Word of God says about you and confess it out loud, to know your true identity in Christ and not rely other’s opinions. Continue reading