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Freedom in Christ By Cheryl Scanlan
The scriptures tell us that it was for freedom that Christ set us free.
Have you ever met someone who you sensed was truly free? How did you know that they were free? Do you believe this kind of freedom is possible for you?
There are so many dimensions to freedom. There is the freedom fromentanglements and sinful desires. There is freedom tolove generously from an eternal and pure source. There is freedom incircumstances such that our trials and sufferings no longer steal our joy.
Most of us are familiar with John 8:32 – Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. That little word “then” implies that the phrase is conditional – knowing truth and the freedom that comes from knowing that truth is conditional upon what? In the previous verse Jesus says: If you continue in my word, you are my disciples, then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
Freedom comes first from abiding in Jesus. All believers face this challenge of learning how to continually abide. When we abide in Jesus, we are living in the center of the Promised Land here and now on earth. Heaven’s doors open to us the moment we receive Jesus. We are now strangers and aliens in this world, ambassadors for heaven. Accessing the fullness of what Jesus intended for us can only come through abiding.
To help people access and live into this freedom, the ministry Promised Land Living (PLL) was created. PLL is a live group coaching course offered via video conference. These groups are small – maximum of 8 people, that meet for 13 weeks to learn and experiencewhat it means to live a life of greater freedom in Jesus. Freedom tolove, freedom fromencumbrances and freedom inthe midst of harsh or pressing circumstances. PLL is not a bible study but rather a personal development intensive based on the scriptures.
About the Author Cheryl Scanlan, MCC, CMCC, BCC is president of C3Advantage. She has worked with CEOs that are in Fortune 100 through next generation small business owners. Having also run a multi-million dollar firm in New York, Cheryl knows the importance of business goals and the impact of teams. Cheryl's thought partnering method helps leaders see clearly what is fuzzy, articulate what is currently unintelligible, and generate coherent and executable strategy.
Shielded by Single Parent Director, Holly Crain
As we got closer to the house I saw smoke. My mind raced at what it could possibly be until I landed on the fact that I had left a pot of tea on the stove. I held my children back and ran for the door and out poured more smoke.
Until that moment, I somehow had gotten to the point of thinking I had nothing. I thought everything had been taken away. Yet the realization of that moment was just how much I had taken for granted. Night after night I had a safe place to shelter my family. Day after day we were all healthy.
In those days as a single mom, I learned many valuable lessons of reliance on the Lord as my protector, shield and provider. He was constantly reminding me to open my eyes to see that:
When the kitchen filled with smoke, He removed us from the home before smoke filled our lungs.
When I would look at my rent house and wonder why my landlord raised the rent; month after month He somehow provided enough to get us through.
When the seasons changed and I needed clothes for my children; He would move in the hearts of others that would bring bags full of hand-me-downs.
When I couldn't find the Lord, questions would permeate in my mind like, "How am I supposed to make ends meet again this month?", "Will You provide again?" and, "Have I already received my fair share?" But there were so many places that the Lord showed up day after day as Shield, Protector and Provider. And best of all, when I needed to know that I was loved; His Word jumped off the pages and I know they were meant for me in that moment.
If we have not met, I want you to know that I walked into this church 24 years ago with a 5 year old daughter and a 2 month old son in tow. This church embraced me but bigger than that the gospel and what God did in my life changed this ordinary girl forever! And I know He will do the same for you! He will! Enjoy church, the SPF ministry and this SPF newsletter. Allow yourself to get excited about what God has in store for you and your children.
If we have not met, I want you to know that I walked into First Baptist Church 24 years ago with a 5 year old daughter and a 2 month old son in tow. This church embraced me but bigger than that the gospel and what God did in my life changed this ordinary girl forever! And I know He will do the same for you! He will! Holly Crain Holly.Crain@HoustonsFirst.org 713-957-7674