Now Stay Free!

Now Stay Free!

Paul said it bluntly, “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Galatians 5:1 NLT) Paul had been building a case with his letter to the Galatians that when we try to work our...
Breaking Free from the Bondage of Doubt

Breaking Free from the Bondage of Doubt

Not all doubt is bad. I once began to wonder if I’d left the car running in the garage, so I went to check and sure enough, it was! That mistake could have been harmful or deadly and it was my doubt that prompted me to check and see. The Apostle Paul talked...
Breaking Free from the Bondage of Lust

Breaking Free from the Bondage of Lust

Lust. It’s the topic of which we do not speak, at least in Christian circles. And yet it’s responsible for tremendous bondage in the lives of countless millions of believers. According to Psychology Today, 98% of men and 73% of women reported looking at...
Breaking Free from the Bondage of Fear and Insecurity

Breaking Free from the Bondage of Fear and Insecurity

For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with insecurity. In kindergarten, I remember envying those kids who had the boldness to ask to go play in the most fun areas of the classroom while I sat there, quietly hoping to be invited into the fun. And there...
Breaking Free from the Bondage of Unforgiveness

Breaking Free from the Bondage of Unforgiveness

You can do hard things. My wife tells me that all the time, especially when I’m complaining that some basic task is hard, like finding the ever elusive remote control. I believe that God believes that you can do hard things, like waiting on an answer to prayer,...
Breaking Free from the Bondage of Legalism

Breaking Free from the Bondage of Legalism

When you begin a relationship with Jesus Christ, you experience the deliverance and freedom God secured for you when Jesus died and rose again. You’re released from slavery to sin, to death, and to the law itself. That doesn’t mean you no longer need to...
The War is Decided, But the Battle Continues

The War is Decided, But the Battle Continues

Most Americans have heard of The War of 1812, but don’t know much about it. It took place four decades after the American Revolution and lasted about 30 months, ending in December of 1814. But the most famous battle took place after the war had officially ended...
Moving Beyond Shame and Regret, Step 6: Retrain Your Mind

Moving Beyond Shame and Regret, Step 6: Retrain Your Mind

In case you missed it: Step 1: Recognize God’s Goodness Step 2: Release Your Heart Step 3: Repent of Sinful Choices Step 4: Receive God’s Forgiveness Step 5: Renounce Lies Everyone has a junk drawer, right? We have several, actually, but our primary junk drawer...
Moving Beyond Shame and Regret, Step 5: Renounce Lies

Moving Beyond Shame and Regret, Step 5: Renounce Lies

In case you missed it: Step 1: Recognize God’s Goodness Step 2: Release Your Heart Step 3: Repent of Sinful Choices Step 4: Receive God’s Forgiveness Christians sometimes talk about “strongholds,” and may have in mind something demonic, an addiction, or a...