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  • RE: Hunger Pangs shortly after Meal

    @Callista-Luney Welcome! At the start of approaching this new way of eating - waiting to eat until one is truly physically hungry - I also found there were different digestive noises, feelings of hunger, and pangs to sort through! I am constantly amazed at how wonderfully and fearfully God has made our bodies Callista (Psalm 139:14). When we wait for longer periods between meals (noting that a small light breakfast in the morning is advised), you will find the clear hunger alert later in the day (most commonly a tummy growl) that indicates to you that your body has assimilated the food in your stomach from the previous meal. And you asked : 'how do I fix that?' It is how we wait to eat that is important by looking at Christ Crucified and Risen where we find the power of the cross to overcome our struggles. We come to the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ and turn our eyes from worrying about eating and what foods to eat and when. We spend time with our friend and Savior Jesus asking Him to open our hearts wide to receive His love pouring from His pierced heart for us. He thirsted and hungered on the cross so that we would never need to be spiritually hungry and thirsty again (John 4:13). He emptied Himself at Calvary so we would be filled with His fullness. When Jesus cried out "It is finished!", He gave up His spirit so that we receive the Holy Spirit Who leads us, and guides us surely through life.

    John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

    I am praying Callista that you would "know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God," Ephesians 3:19

    posted in Weight Loss
  • Set Free by Jesus' Resurrection

    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

    Cindy writes:

    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.

    posted in Set Free Recorded Live Course
  • RE: Talk with a Mentor

    @Ruben-Villa I just sent you a link in a chat. Let me know if you see it. I set it up for 30 minutes from now, or 3:00pm Mountain time.

    posted in Contact Setting Captives Free Staff
  • RE: Talk with a Mentor

    @Ruben-Villa No problem at all, welcome back to Setting Captives Free! A lot has changed around here in the last nine years since going through "The Way of Purity" course. That was the former ministry which we call SCF 1.0 where "Radical Amputation" was taught.

    Today, we focus all of our attention on the cross where students can experience "Gospel Transformation." So we call the new ministry SCF 2.0 which reflects the new direction of the ministry. An article was written (and is a living document) about this change from, "Radical Amputation" to "Gospel Transformation" and can be found by clicking here for a deeper understanding of this change.

    So with that said, I think you're going to love the "Purity Bootcamp" course and the new direction and teachings here at Setting Captives Free. We have the Purity Bootcamp course online now and coming out in print this month, Lord willing. I hope this helps! Just let me know when you're available to talk and I'll set up a call through Zoom for further discussion.

    posted in Contact Setting Captives Free Staff
  • RE: Christians and PTSD

    @Mike-Cleveland Thank you for sharing this interaction regarding PTSD. It really highlights that the cross is the answer to every problem and for every struggle. Where Jesus hung on the POST to remove our every sin and place it upon Himself (1 Peter 2:24). To renew us on the inside, in the heart, right at the control–center of who we are (2 Corinthians 4:16; Romans 2:29).

    We see Jesus hanging on the cross that was designed for us because our sin needed to be judged and put to death! He took every TRAUMATIC blow of God’s wrath for us! Was torn and bled for us! Was pierced for us and received every wave of God’s righteous judgment so that we could be transformed, forgiven, healed by His traumatic wounds, our eyes, heart, and life are lifted up and out of the STRESS as Jesus was stressed beyond that of any human (Romans 8:3).

    His joints were out of place so that ours could be put in their proper place. His DISORDER beyond that of being recognized as a human (Isaiah 52:14) on the cross so He could resurrect and reorder our lives by rising up from the grave in victory and power over sin and death (Colossians 2:15). And this to raise us up and out of our own grave and into a new life with a new heart, a renewed mind and therefore free from our former lives and troubles (1 Corinthians 15:57). All of the PTSD that Jesus went through for us was that which changed us on the inside, the only place the work of the cross could reach, far into the depths of who we were to become who we are in Christ (Galatians 4:19).

    posted in Gospel Teachings
  • RE: Set Free by Jesus' Death: Session 2

    @Cindy-Hirch Oh, sister, how I do remember the beginning of my journey too. I’m still on the journey learning to walk in the Spirit like you said, “not to just have a head knowledge, but to grab my heart in a whole new way so that I can truly experience freedom.”

    And this is precisely what happens as we die daily with Jesus while looking to Him crucified. The cross indeed is the answer that sets our feet on solid ground. The reason you can stand and testify to both small and great. Saying what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass. Jesus suffering on a criminal's cross would open up your heart and unlock the prison door. That because He suffered and died, was buried and the first to rise from the dead, you too would walk in His footsteps, meeting your death in Him, burial of sins and a resurrected life! All because of THIS gospel!

    Acts 26:22-23 ESV To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.

    posted in Set Free Recorded Live Course
  • Weight Loss L30

    Cindy writes: "This study has been life-changing! I have learned to truly appreciate in concrete ways how deep the gospel river flows! I have always had a deep appreciation for what Jesus did on that cursed tree, but savoring it each morning is revealing His ever increasing presence in my life. The more I think of Him and the gospel, the nearer He draws to me. As I reach out to Him, He consumes me with His love. This is exactly what I needed. I thought I had a good relationship with Jesus before, but now I know an intimacy with Him that I had no idea was possible.

    I always prayed for the Holy Spirit to change me so I could be pleasing to my precious savior, but down deep, I knew I could not possibly please Him because of my flaws. I am a perfectionist, therefore I know I am very critical of myself. I wish I was more humble, more caring, more giving, more loving, more disciplined, just more in general for Him. I have finally buried those critical thoughts at the foot of the cross. I will not dwell on what I am not anymore; I will dwell on WHO He is and WHAT He did for me. Now, I know that when I try so hard to please God, I do. I am greatly loved and cherished in Him. And now.... I really truly believe it!

    For years, I have been obsessed with food and my weight. I have wasted so much time checking out the latest diet hoping it would help me lose or at least not gain any more. There was always a plan for what I would or would not eat. Even when I did lose the extra weight, it was a struggle to keep it off. This is the first time in years I have been able to just stop thinking about food for extended periods of time. I am seeing a gradual breaking of the unhealthy role food has played in my life. I have lost six to seven pounds, and I can see a big difference in how my clothes fit. I am confident the weight will gradually come off as I continue to focus on spiritual food to sooth my soul instead of my giving in to my fleshy gratification.

    By savoring and feasting on Christ and the gospel and by making a decision to suffer with him in little steps each day, I can exercise my authority over sin and use that power from the Lord Jesus to transform my life free from the guilt of my obsessive eating. My new life is one of strength and power and freedom over the flesh that use to control me. I now live with strength, power, and freedom to live in a way that is respectful and obedient to my Father.

    Finally, I love my new deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit. I feel Him coaxing me to leave my worldly comforts, my old life, my food addictions, my obsessions, and walk by faith with the Spirit. He is transforming me so I am ready for eternity. He fills my heart with everything good and true and teaches me to love Jesus. I anxiously anticipate Jesus' soon coming in the clouds to take me home.

    …Oh my, I have recommended Setting Captives Free to no less than a dozen people already. Just today, I told a friend of mine who is a worship leader at her church about this Bible study. She is part of a team leading a women's conference next weekend. She is going to mention this course to some of the ladies who are struggling with various issues who will be attending.

    I know so many people who have been in counselling for years to try to work out problems with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, food issues, and they are still stuck in the muck! They are turning to the wrong authority! It is so obvious now, that I too have been counting on diets, programs, exercise, magic pills, smoothies, etc. instead of looking to the one who created me."

    posted in Weight Loss Course
  • Reawaken Your Wonder for Jesus

    posted in Gospel Sermons and Videos
  • RE: PDF of Charles Spurgeon's sermon Seven Words of Jesus from the Cross

    @Cindy-Hirch I’m praising the Lord with you! I love it when the Holy Spirit does the amazing work of restoring the joy of our Salvation. And He does it by taking us back to the Cross to look deeply into the teary eyes of our Savior hanging there, causing us to fall in love with Him all over again. And if your heart is as weak, frail and needy as mine, that needs to be daily🙌🏽

    posted in Gospel Sermons and Videos
  • RE: Response of new student

    @Larry-Stark Amen!

    posted in Purity General Discussion