Robyn writes: "My husband actually found the Setting Captives Free site for me. It was recently revealed he had been living in a prolonged pattern of pursuing lusts, and had found Purity Bootcamp, it was helping him, and he thought this site would help me deal with our situation as well.
The study was like an oasis in the middle of a desolate place. What Peace filled me as I found a new chapter each day addressing a different attribute of Christ to reflect on, or an area I needed to challenge my own heart’s evil ways.
It was a great exercise for me to daily start the morning with a chapter reminding me of what Christ has done FOR me, so I could allow Him to work THROUGH me. When I see how I’ve been forgiven, it is impossible to keep that gratitude buried in the hard shell of bitterness and revenge. When He transforms us, we become a new creation to be used for His amazing purpose.
This daily encouragement coupled with counseling we both are receiving helped reinforce the process of reconciliation for our marriage. Much hope and assurance was found here, and it was a real blessing to our union to spend a whole month actively working towards a deeper understanding of who we are in Christ because it showed us how He is making all things new.
Thank you for this incredible resource. I have already recommended it to a friend facing similar struggles."
@SR-Coker Drinking water is good for us and should not interfere with your stomach growls; however, if you have a metabolic disorder such as diabetes be sure to check with your medical doctor before making any radical changes to the way you and eat and drink.
I hope this helps.
Depression L19 Q 8. Here is a place, if you would like, for you to express your praise to God for His great love to you, and for the wonderful things He has done for you at the cross. He has redeemed you and forgiven your sins:
April writes: “Oh, My Lord, we sing Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who is, Who was, and Is to come. I thank you for your unfailing love. I thank you for your long-suffering with me. I thank you for making a way in which I am forgiven and can walk with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for my scars to show how you healed me. Thank you for your scars that show how much you loved me. What love, peace, overwhelming joy. Praise you Jesus.”
Question 2. Think for a moment about all the changes God has made/is making in your heart, and specifically how those changes are related to the good news of the cross. Please share those changes briefly:
The Lord has definitely changed my heart. It is no longer about me, but about Christ. The sins committed are primarily committed against a holy God. It is no longer about how I can influence my husband to change and to turn from sexual immorality, bringing about change by changing his external behavior and avoiding sexual sins, but it is about how Christ can change him and how true and lasting change is not only possible, but is inevitable in light of the Cross and the Gospel. It is about loving and forgiving my husband, not because he deserves it, but because I have first been loved and forgiven in my own sinful state. It has been a steep learning curve and has sometimes been a heart struggle on my own side, but through Christ all things are possible. Even though my situation has not entirely changed, I can walk in peace with love and hope because I trust a holy God who is faithful, who loved me at my darkest and who gives me a living hope, through Christ Jesus my Lord, and I can pass that hope and love on to my husband, my children and to those I come in contact with daily.
My heart is being continually warmed and encouraged journeying with Christine through the Mentorship course. I sometimes forget who's the Mentor and who's the student.....
The only thing I would add is not to try to 'remain mindful' of too much Marilyn. Pick just one key truth, something definite and condensed. I can look at any lesson fo say the Bootcamp course and there is SO MUCH for me to revel in, but I try to take away just one point to think over as I go through my day
Question 7 at Marker 49:40 in video: Do you see the gospel pattern in these Old Testament stories? If yes, is your faith in the resurrection of Jesus increased? Please share your thoughts
Wow...as often as I've read those stories I never made the correlation until today. Each picture and story represented something so very significant to Christ and his death and resurrection. It puts my life and dying to sin in a new light.
Question 4. Considering Sam Storms’ statement above, in particular “The only thing that will ultimately break the power of sin is passion for Jesus”, how will that truth affect your mentoring here with Setting Captives Free?
It confirms and validates that the only way I can mentor my students is to lead them to Jesus. Help them see the power of the cross and what He did for them so they can fall in love with Him like I did.
@Erick-Hurt I LOVE this Gospel and the Church course, and am praying for many many people to take it and experience the power of the cross like never before. And may church leaders all around the world return to their first love and preach the cross through this course!