@Jackie-Carpenter Thank you for your patience Jackie waiting for a mentor to become available. You have received a mentor now.
Posts made by Joce Gordon
RE: Newbie here
@Jackie-Carpenter Welcome Jackie! The current Weight Loss course has been completely rewritten with a focus on the gospel – the death and resurrection of Jesus.
I am so glad that you want to have your eyes focused on Christ as it says in these verses:
*Since you were raised from the dead with Christ, aim at what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Think only about the things in heaven, not the things on earth. Your old sinful self has died, and your new life is kept with Christ in God. Christ is your life, and when he comes again, you will share in his glory. Colossians 3:1-4
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2*
There are so many things in the world today – ‘things on earth’ - that we can focus on – diet programs and behavioral techniques to name just two. However, we are told to put our attention not on these but on what Christ has done for us: when Jesus was hung on the wooden tree, He died for our sin, our old sinful life died with Him and then we were raised from the dead in Christ and now sit with Christ at the right hand of God. Now this is something to gaze at in wonder and awe! And Jackie when we do this, our hearts start to worship Jesus in adoration and we experience the power of the cross to break the power of gluttony in our lives.
RE: Prayer for tornado hit areas
Thank you so much for your prayers and giving praise to God for Jesus Who gave us life and His amazing grace at the cross as we walk through times of struggle.
Mark 10:45: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Robyn writes: "We are starting cleanup efforts now. Praise God, out of an outbreak of 12 tornados in 2 hours, there was only one casualty.. Most injuries are minor and relief efforts have been well covered. ..We have several friends who are now homeless and many houses have been destroyed in our town, ..so it will be a long process to rebuild, but people are thankful for Life. Water & power is beginning to be restored, and things are improving inch by inch. We are amazed especially to see the Body of Christ come together to meet people’s needs in many unique ways. One church had a trailer full of clothing donations, one specialized in shoes, one group brought hundreds of sandwiches to carry through areas where transportation wasn’t possible. That plus donation of water, food, basic needs. And MOST importantly, we have been surrounded by the prayers of so many! His Hands & Feet have been busy & it is touching many people. Please continue to pray this situation magnified & honors His holy name, and pray for those who are beginning the long task of rebuilding, and that this is the opportunity for the Spirit to make the blind see."
Prayer for tornado hit areas
Dear prayer warriors,
May we please be praying with Robyn for the people of her town as they recover from the effect of a band of tornados, and for the people in other towns hit by these weather events in this state.
How we praise God that we can come and receive peace and strength at the cross of Jesus and fill ourselves with the love flowing from His death and resurrection on our behalf. Nothing is outside of His control. Nothing can break the love that holds us in His hands.
Robyn writes: "Last night, we had a band of tornados pass through. Our town has taken heavy damage, as well as the city we live near. Our school was hit, homes were destroyed and there are injuries. The sun is just now coming up, and emergency crews are going door to door to look for people. I’m sure injuries people are still waiting to be found.
I ask for your prayers, as our family is ok, but this is going to be rough on the area. We have 12,000 people without power & the water system is now down."
RE: Powerful Preaching of the Cross
@Bill-M Oh Bill, thank you so much for this wonderful gospel message in which we see Jesus 'high and lifted up' so clearly and so profoundly. May we sing " Hallelujah, what a savior!" x 1000 with you and all who listen to this sermon!
A United Front L30 testimony
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."
RE: The Lord's Table vs Weight Loss Course
@Eliz-Russell Welcome Eliz! So glad that you have returned to Setting Captives Free along with your friends! Yes, the Weight Loss course is applicable to many types of food struggles whether one has a lot or a little weight to lose and/or using food as an idol of worship and comfort.
The new course is focused on the gospel of Jesus Christ and is based on three foundational principles of freedom of “Savoring Christ”, “Suffering with Christ” and “Walking by the Spirit”.
In the lessons, when we seek the face of Jesus at the cross, we are moved to awe and wonder at His finished work at Calvary on our behalf. We experience His deep love for us and the power of the cross for freedom from the sin of gluttony and eating in ways that do not glorify God.
1 John 4:10: In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Depression L19 Q 8
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.”
Praying the gospel
1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Praying the gospel. Here is how to work the gospel into one’s own heart until it transforms. It happens through inward dialogue, speaking directly and forcefully to your own heart (“my soul”) rather than just listening to it. Biblical meditation, unlike the popular varieties, is not a relaxation technique for emptying the mind but rather one that fills it with truth, using thought and memory to set your heart on fire. Here David dwells on the truth that God forgives sin and eventually will remove all suffering and diseases. When we ask, we get forgiveness now (1 John 1:8-9), but we may not get suffering removed now (2 Corinthians 12:8-9, 2 Samuel 12:13-23). That is because while sin always blocks our relationship with God, suffering can deepen it.
Prayer. Lord, I confess how much of my fear, anger, anxiety, and discouragement, is wholly due to my forgetting your benefits, forgetting all you’ve given me and promised me in Christ. My mind knows but my heart forgets I’m forgiven, delighted in, guaranteed a crown, a feast. Forgive me, and help me speak to my soul until strength is renewed. Amen.” p. 253, “My Rock, My Refuge”, Tim Keller.
“In verses 1-3 [of Ephesians 2:1-5], we see that mankind was dead, disobedient, demonic, and destined for destruction. We were prodigals, scoundrels, vile, impure, unholy, treacherous, lecherous, self-absorbed, self-exalting, out-and-out rebels. That’s the bad news. And then the good news: “BUT GOD!” …The heart of the gospel pumps bright red in the first two words of verse 4 [“But God!”]…We were dead but God made us alive in Christ [at the cross]. [Before salvation] we were not strugglers in need of a helping hand or sinking swimmers in need of a raft: we were stone-cold dead - spiritually lifeless, without a religious pulse, without anything to please God. But He LOVES the loveless, GIVES LIFE to the lifeless, and is MERCIFUL to those deserving no mercy” p.1587 Gospel Transformation Bible (emphasis added).
Oh praise Jesus that on the cross He became the loveless One, the lifeless One, the One deserving of no mercy in our place so we would have unending grace, forgiveness from all sin, no condemnation and a brand new spiritual life breathed into our hearts by the indwelling Holy Spirit forevermore!
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved”