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A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal and Spiritual Conflicts

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Social Injustice, Cultural Bias, and Systemic Racism (Daryl Fitzgerald)

I have a lot of respect for the two men on this podcast.  If you have the time to sit down and LISTEN I would highly recommend it.

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Renewing Your Mind Workshop

You can download a Stronghold Buster worksheet here.

Stronghold Buster for Pandemic Anxiety

Shared by Dan Studt – President Freedom in Christ Ministry

The lie: I cannot stand the stress and anxiety associated with the pandemic and all the changes it has brought about. OR, I’ll only be secure if I know everything will return to normal as I desire.

  • Romans 6:23—“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  • 1 John 5:12—“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
  • Galatians 2:20—“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
  • James 1:5—“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
  • Colossians 3:1-3—“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
  • Philippians 4:6-9—“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
  • Isaiah 26:3—“You (God) will keep in perfect peace (shalom) the one whose mind is fixed on you, because he (or she) trusts in you.”
  • John 14:27—Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
  • John 16:31-33—“I (Jesus) have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

I renounce the lie that I cannot stand the stress and anxiety associated with the pandemic and the changes it has brought about. OR, I’ll only be secure if I know everything will return to normal as I desire.

I announce the truth that, through faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ, I am forgiven and have passed from death to life (see also Ephesians 2:1-10 and Romans 3:21-26) I announce the truth that, as one who trusts in Jesus for life, I am not called to live on my own strength or wisdom. Rather, it is the life of Christ Himself, as I rely on Him by faith, which enables me to live with strength and wisdom. I announce the truth that as I set my heart and mind on the things of God and put these things into practice, I can trust He will give me peace. I announce the truth that I was not promised a comfortable life because this world is broken as a result of the Fall. (See also Genesis 3, Romans 8:18-27) I announce the truth that Jesus has overcome the world and has given me His peace, therefore, I can have the courage and not be afraid because the God of peace Himself is with me.

If this has been helpful to you, consider other materials produced by Freedom in Christ Ministries by visiting www.ficm.org. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13, NIV)

Handling Emotions Well

Like everyone else, because of the COVID-19 pandemic,  we are adapting the Freedom in Christ Course to an online interactive call.  Here is session 6 on a most timely subject.

“Fear Not” is Not Enough

I did a search this morning for the phrase “fear not” in the scripture and wrote down God’s response after each “fear not” or “do not fear”.  It’s not enough to say we should not fear, without saying why we shouldn’t.  So often after someone is told not to fear in the Bible, God then reveals his character to them; the why to their fear not.  Here are a few:

  • Fear not…  for God has heard. Gen. 21:17
  • Fear not… for I am with you. Gen. 26:24
  • Fear not… for it is the Lord your God who fights for you. Duet. 3:22
  • Fear not… for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. Duet. 31:6
  • Fear not… for I have redeemed you and called you by name. You are mine. Isaiah 43:1
  • Fear not… you are my servant whom I have chosen. Isaiah 44:2
  • Fear not… for you are more valuable than the sparrows. Matthew 10:31
  • Fear not.. for I bring you the gospel. Luke 2:10
  • Fear not… behold your King is Coming. John 12:15
  • Fear not… perfect love cast out fear. 1 John 4:18
  • Fear not… for I am the first and the last and the living one. I died and behold I am alive forever and I have the keys of death and Hades. Revelation 1:17

Find Your Story

Listen to Others Stories HERE

The Legalistic Preacher Who Became a Drunk, Discovered Grace And Found Freedom

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“I tried to do everything I had been taught in order to live the successful Christian life.  What was the result of all This?  My wife and children didn’t respect me because in my zeal to make them be good Christians, I became legalistic, harsh and unloving.  My marriage was a mess and my personal life was a shambles.  I came to the realization that everything I had learned about living the Christian life just was not working for me.”

Why didn’t any of this work?

1. Consistent Quiet Time
2. Bible Study
3. Fasting
4. Visitation Evangelism
5. Christian Twelve Step Program
6. Accountability group
7. Hundreds Of AA meetings And Five Different Sponsors
8. Christian Counselors
9. Christian Psychiatrist
10. Secular Psychiatrist
11. Christian Psychologist
12. Secular Psychologist
13. Addictions Counselor
14. Flew To New Jersey And Spent Three days With an Addictions Specialist
15. Secular Treatment Center
16. Christian Treatment Center
17. Read Every Book On Addiction I Could Find
18. Healing Of Memories Session
19. Baptism Of The Spirit Session
20. Casting Out Of Demons Session (Twice)
21. Public Confession
22. Group Therapy
23. Took The Drug Antabuse
24. Disciplined By My Church
25. Rigid Schedule With Every Minute Planned
26. Hundreds Of Hours Studying Scriptural Principles
27. Memorized Chapters Of Scripture
28. Discipleship Groups
29. Prayer
30. Promises To God And My Wife

Why didn’t any of this work?

To read of the rest of Mike Quarles Story follow this link.

To discover more Grace Walk Recovery Ministry visit www.freedfromaddiction.org

A Spiritual EKG

ekgThe Ministry of Freedom in Christ is focused on helping Christians maintain a healthy relationship with Jesus.  Like physical sickness, even those who have been born again spiritually, can develop conditions that block the flow of the Spirit from reaching their hearts

Your pastor may suggest that you participate in the Freedom in Christ Course – sometimes simply referred to as “Freedom” — to check for signs of a spiritual blockage.  Freedom uses a 10-week course to help diagnose and resolve the source of any spiritual or emotional obstructions.

The course itself is safe and gentle. Many people participate in the course, due to the following symptoms:

  • Negative Thoughts
  • Irrational Feelings
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty Praying
  • Habitual Sins (Often Secretively)

If you are struggling with any of these symptoms you should consider taking the course.

How should I prepare to participate in Freedom?

Simplify – You will want to prioritize this time in your life to be able to clearly hear from the LORD.  A schedule packed full of activities (even church related) can make the test results difficult to read.  Say “No” to all distractions and “Yes” to seeking the LORD during this time.

Get Back to Basic – A simple approach to daily reading your bible and journaling should be at the core of a healthy biblical spirituality.  This time should focus on “being” in the LORD’s presence, not “doing” things to earn his blessing.

Watch Your Intake – Resist the temptation to self-diagnose. Stay away from endless striving on your digital device or computer attempting to figure out what is wrong in your life.  Participate weekly in the course meetings and give the Lord time to reveal to you the root cause of your issues.

Take Care of Your Body –  Believe it or not symptoms in your life may not only have a spiritual root, (sarcasm) but also a physical one as well.  In this case you should consider making small positive changes in your diet & exercise while participating in the course.   Any reduction in caffeine and/or sugar could have a significant impact to your spiritual and emotional wellbeing. In addition, a 20 to 30 minute walk a few days each week can help clear your mind and allow you to focus on the voice of God.

Truth, Turning, and Transformation

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The Freedom In Christ approach to becoming a fruitful disciple of Jesus has three essential elements:

Truth is foundational biblical teaching about our identity in Christ and the nature of the spiritual battle we’re in. (See Neil Anderson’s works)

Turning is about repentance and this is where The Steps To Freedom In Christ come in – we take back any ground we have given to the enemy through past sin so that he can’t hold us back any more.

Transformation is about the ongoing renewing of our mind (see Romans 12:2) – we teach a powerful process (“Stronghold-Busting”) to help people replace lies they have believed (sometimes for years) with truth of God’s word.

People often get the impression that Freedom in Christ is about just one of these things – for example, the Steps To Freedom in Christ or “just another course at church”. But actually we need ALL of these things if we want to resolve the effects of the past and become fruitful disciples.

The great news is that there is absolutely no one, who cannot do this. But often people need the help of a loving community around them. That is why as a ministry our focus is on equipping leaders in the local church with our methodology so that many, many people can ultimately be helped.

Adapted from Steve Goss

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