@Kelly-Dorsey Oh Kelly and Cristy, what an utter joy to read this testimony of 'I am FREE, I am FREE!!' of gluttony because of one Person - Jesus - Who gave the one right solution - the powerful gospel!
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RE: Check-in January 19, 2019
I so enjoyed seeing your passion for finding the gospel in scripture and we reap all the benefits!
As mentors, we are praying: Lord may hearts be cut, softened and flooded with light so that we all, students and mentors alike, will be steadfast in the rock solid hope You have given us at the cross (Ephesians 1:18). We remind ourselves and our students that, as it says in Isaiah 40:10-11 (NIRV):
"The Lord and King is coming with power. [The power of the cross is unstoppable for any struggle!]
He rules with a powerful arm. [God's sovereignty never sleeps. Jesus' strength bled out on the cross so we are strengthened forever by His strong right arm.]
He has set his people free. [It is done! Cut our hearts Lord over and over with this finality of Your work, and to fight each day the sin nature within us knowing You have had victory over sin!],
He is bringing them back as his reward. [We are each one a precious gift from the Father to the Son.]
He has won the battle over their enemies. [Jesus performed the ultimate surgical strike at the cross to defeat our enemies of Satan and death.]
He takes care of his flock like a shepherd. [Jesus never forgets or loses even one one lost, frightened, and shamed lamb.]
He gathers the lambs in his arms. [His arms are always open, accepting and inviting us to be lifted into His embrace]
He carries them close to his heart. [As Jody said so beautifully: "my heart is bound with His forever. Apart from Him I can do nothing."
To participate in THIS!! with our students brings a great big great smile on my face every day as a mentor, Bill, and a gratefulness that I, a nobody, gets to tell everybody, all about the Somebody who saved my soul! In this catchy song by Casting Crowns:
"Why You ever chose me
Has always been a mystery
All my life I’ve been told I belong at the end of the line
With all the other Not-Quites
With all the Never-Get-It-Rights
But it turns out we’re the ones You’ve been looking for all this time
‘Cause I’m just a nobody [a rescued and saved sinner!]
Trying to tell everybody
All about Somebody who saved my soul
Ever since You rescued me
You gave my heart a song to sing
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus"
Weight Loss Lesson 30 Q 5 & 3
Question 5. Please share any anything else you want to say or ask with us.
Denise writes: "I’m so thankful for finding this class. For the first time in my life I feel free of the grip laziness’ and gluttony. I take that back, I don’t just feel free, I am free. I’m free to eat and free not to eat. I’m free from the chains of diets that was just as enslaving as gluttony and laziness. I know how to eat now. I’m not mesmerized by food anymore. Food has just become food because I’m now becoming more and more mesmerized by Jesus, by the Cross and His big love for me. I’m learning to feast my heart on Jesus and that be making all the difference. I’m savoring Christ every day, I’m suffering with Him and walking with the Spirit. I don’t always do this right but on them days I struggle and even fail, I don’t feel guilty and ashamed anymore because I know without a shadow of a doubt that I’m forgiven, I know I’m still loved by the Father just as much as He loves Jesus and nothing I do will ever change that. I know that He is never mad at me and it not be disappointment that He feels when I mess up but compassion and kindness. Tender love for me and He be eager to take me into His arms dust me off and gently send me back on my way. That feels so good to me and makes me want to keep running to Jesus not to sin. Hallelujah that’s the power of the Gospel! Savoring Christ, suffering with Christ and walking with the Spirit taught me that and has help me to experience that. I’m going to take these principles with me and be using them for every thing, Praise the Lord! Thank you Setting Captives Free.."
Question 3. What spiritual and physical changes have taken place in your life over the previous 30 lessons?
Denise writes "I think I did change. I understand Jesus in ways I didn’t before. Suffering with Jesus was a brand new thing to me. But it be what Jesus is calling us to do. Carrying our Cross mean suffering. I learned that suffering with Jesus is good and will lead me to stop sinning. But that will only happen if I be savoring Jesus and walking with the Spirit too. I learned that though suffering with Christ don’t always feel good, I can have joy while suffering if I just stay at the Cross and that will make it easier. And God has a purpose for suffering and it not just be the physical benefits like weight loss and not walking in the flesh, though that be good. But there’s spiritual benefits too. Jesus want to transform me on the inside so I can know Him more and experience more of His love for which will make me Love Him more and be more like Him and that make suffering worth it.
I stop getting on the scale after the second week. The last time I weighed myself I had lost 10 lbs. I think I lost more because my clothes fit different. I’m able to put on pants and take them off with even unbuttoning them. I have a coat that has gotten way too big and a few pair of pants I’m thinking about getting rid of cause they just too loose on me now."
A Prayer: Jesus is the glory of God
"Eternal Father, you never had a beginning. You will never have an ending. You are the Alpha and the Omega. This we believe, because you have revealed it to us. Our hearts leap with gratitude that you have opened our eyes to see and know that Jesus Christ is your eternal, divine Son, begotten, not made, and that you, O Father, and he, your Son, are one God. We tremble even to take such glorious truths on our lips for fear of dishonoring you with withering or inadequate words. But we must speak, because we must praise you. Silence would shame us, and the rocks themselves would cry out. You must be praised for who you are in the world you have made. And we must thank you because you have made us taste and see the glory of Jesus Christ, your Son. Oh, to know him! Father we long to know him! Banish from our minds low thoughts of Christ. Saturate our souls with the Spirit of Christ and all his greatness. Enlarge our capacities to be satisfied in all that you are for us in him. Where flesh and blood are impotent, reveal to us the Christ, and rivet our attention and our affections on the truth and beauty of your all-glorious Son. And grant that whether rich or poor, sick or sound, we might be transformed by him and become an echo of his excellence in the world. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen. (John Piper p. 26, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ)
Jodi writes: "I came to SCF 2.0 to review the new course to see if I could recommend it to others. I had been a mentor for SCF 1.0 for several years previously. I had come to SCF 1.0 in early 2001 after having been swept away in the sin of online relationships and eventually physical adultery. God arrested my soul then after a traumatic experience. One would think that would be enough to keep them away from sin. But I am very sorry to say that it did not. I lived in freedom for 8 years only to go back to that same sin. The pain and devastation that it brought to my husband, my family, and my church family was very difficult to bear. My husband and I even separated for 6 months. I was running again. But God, who is great in mercy, brought me back and gave my husband a heart of love and forgiveness. That has been 5 years ago now. When I came back to review SCF 2.0, I was still carrying shame and guilt much of the time. I could not seem to get over it. But I have learned what it means in the book of Colossians when it says, "As you have received Christ, so walk in Him." I have come to the Cross and have seen by faith my union in Christ. I have always tended toward legalistic thinking. Even though I may not have verbalized it, I always felt like God loved me more when my performance was better. When I read the Scriptures, I zeroed in on the "to-do" lists, rather than God's love for me in giving His Son. The "to=do lists" (God's law) can never relieve my guilt. They only serve to condemn me, make me despair, and drive me further from Christ. My mentor faithfully steered me away from the law and pointed me to the grace that is in the person of Jesus Christ. This was life-changing for me. Jesus is not only my justification before God, but He is also my sanctification. As I look for Him every day, I am being changed from the inside out. I sense a freedom and joy that I have not felt before. Jesus is precious to me!"
RE: Entrance Through the Son
@Mike-Cleveland. I really appreciated this quote Mike. Thank you! So often we think we have to go looking everywhere for the solution for our struggles. I know I have in the past! This can take the form of applying self-written rules to our lives that promote self-denial. We think it will provide control from falling to sin and eventually lead us out of our prison cells. Maybe using only certain types or quantities of food to escape gluttony, or stripping our lives down by another set of legalistic rules to joyless, fenced up, hemmed-in living to overcome the enticements of the world.
Oh THE answer has been given 2000 years ago at the cross when we first believed! Jesus died and rose, and we died and rose with Him! Sin, guilt and death was dealt with by His substitution for our punishment and forgiveness of our every sin. Now we can taste the sweet air of gospel freedom and savor Christ as we gradually turn to live in the truth of what happened to Jesus and ourselves at Calvary! Let's grab what has been given to us at such high cost with all of our hearts and see Jesus and taste freedom!
"In the past, the law held us like prisoners, but our old selves died, and we were made free from the law. So now we serve God in a new way with the Spirit, and not in the old way with written rules." Romans 7:6 NCV
RE: January 5th, 2019
What great way to start the New Year beholding the Son who increases! Thank you so much Erick!
"they hated me [Jesus] without a cause" John 5:3
This verse in your checkin penetrated my heart.
We had no foundation, no rational logic, no legally sufficient reason to hate this Jesus but our hearts turned cold as ice at the mere sight of this "altogether lovely" Man (Song of Solomon 5:16).
No reason to have "got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff."( Luke 4:29) when the deep pits of hell were all we deserved for our lack of worshipping Him.
No justification to have "picked up stones to stone him," (John 8:59) when the stones were in our own hearts.
No just cause to slander Him with the names of our own sin: "Here is a glutton and a drunkard" (Matthew 11:9).
No legal basis to have "kept shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" (Luke 23:21) when His innocence was as clear as day and the impending death should have been our own.
"But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him."(Genesis 37:18)
When we saw Him coming from afar, we did not see the 'altogether lovely'. We only saw a defaced body of bleeding "rejected and despised" flesh hung up naked on a wooden cross, and then "beat their breasts and went away' (Luke 23:48)
But what was Jesus' response?
He saw us. He....saw...us... deep in our hearts from afar. He left the 99 others and went searching for His one despairing, lustful, gluttonous, fearful, lost and thirsty child. The one Savior coming personally for one child with the one and only solution - the gospel. He quietly stepped out in front of us and threw His chest out wide and full of love to become the bullseye for the arrows of hell and wrath, taking all the guilt and punishment in ...our... place. Amen Erick!: IT’S JESUS' BLOOD THAT TOOK OUR PLACE! And forevermore, we are gifted with joy, forgiveness, righteousness and loved eternally into wholeness.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." (Luke 15:20)
RE: What does it mean to Savor Christ?
@Elzelien-Sigmond @SR-Coker I am not technical at all but would this help you turning on the sound of this marvellous sermon? At the bottom right of this video is an icon of an audio amplifier (beside the number of minutes of the sermon). When one clicks on this icon and then scrolling the small slide upwards, the audio is then turned on high.
Weight Loss L20 Q6
Question 6. What does it mean to you personally to know that you are justified, pardoned and released?
Denise writes: "This be a super big thing to consider and take in. I’m starting to get it now. In Jesus I am Free. I have no more guilt. And since there be no more guilt there be no more reason to be ashamed. No more reason to be scared all the time. And no more reason to say to myself; “ no one love you” cause look at all that Jesus did for me and it was not because I loved Him, I loved myself too much, but He loved me anyway. And there be no more reason to be thinking I will never be free from all this slavery, I’m free already. I have to be always looking at the Cross so I can see the cell door is open now and I can walk out of this prison of sin. Hallelujah! ...it don’t matter none how I feel, it only matter what Jesus has done on the Cross and I have to keep believing that. ... I be so happy this morning I’m doing this class and my stomach is growling like nobodies business, and I won’t be eating for a few hours cause I have no time to cook but I don’t even care about not eating. I just want to keep feasting on Jesus, just like it happens to Pastor Mike... Whoa I can’t believe it’s happening to me now too! Praise God!"
Thank you so much Denise for preaching the gospel so well to all of us in your comment here!