@Doug-Renz your wife has a mentor now
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RE: What does it mean to Savor Christ?
@Rachel-Gilpin Amen to the nourishment and satisfaction that only Christ can bring.
Let us continue to look to Christ together and consider all that He has done/is doing on our behalf so that Isaiah 58:11 will be true for us:
"And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail."
So thankful to worship Jesus with you @Rachel-Gilpin.
RE: SCF pages aren't working.
@SR-Coker Yes, unfortunately, the Forum gets spam from time to time. We ban the accounts and delete the posts when it happens. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We are so thankful for your interest and encouragement. The Lord bless you and keep you!
Weight Loss Lesson 30
Teresa writes, "Since taking the Setting Captives Free Weight Loss course, the most significant change for me has been my closer walk with Jesus and understanding of His Word especially since I did this course over the 40 days leading up to Easter. My focus has been on the suffering Servant. I have come to a better comprehension of the Father’s love and what it means to be led by the Spirit...led to the cross.
On a physical note, I have lost about 7 pounds, but as I transition into this new focus, I am confident more will come off as food has lost its grip on me. It no longer consumes my every thought. I feel the freedom of not having restrictions but listening to what my body (which a God made) tells me and not let my carnal mind dictate otherwise. Times when I have slipped up (which have not been as often as when following a diet), I do not feel the shame or guilt and decide to “quit.” I know Jesus is there helping me, picking me up just as Simon of Cyrene helped Him carry His cross.
I definitely recommend this course. It is the road to freedom. I used to call myself a “foodie” along with my sisters and think that was a good thing...a connoisseur of food. In fact, it was just an addiction like any other, an idol replacing Jesus. My focus was messed up. I loved the created things (food in particular) more than the Creator. I ran to it (food) in good times and bad. It was my friend that stuck closer than a brother.
This course calls it like it is - sin. Through this course, the Holy Spirit reveals so much truth to your heart and mind, all while you sense the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus and the Father.
It would be great doing it in a small group study as well!"
Weight Loss Lesson 30
Kenny writes, "I would say that the most significant spiritual change I experienced while taking the Setting Captives Free Weight Loss course is that I now see the value in putting this struggle with weight, food, and health in the hands of Jesus.
In the past, I fought through my issues with food on my own almost as if I was hiding it from God. Physically, I was already so far from where I started (350 lbs), but before taking this course, I have never felt freedom from my addiction to food.
This course has helped me IMMENSELY, and I have such great hope that I have never experienced in this area of bondage. I have lost about 28 pounds (I weigh 220 lbs currently), and I completely agree that this process has taken all of the EFFORT out and simplified things to make space for healing and progress."
Weight Loss Lesson 30
Carla writes, "Since taking the Setting Captives Free Weight Loss course, I feel like I am now experiencing a greater level of freedom than I ever have before. Weight loss and healthy eating were a preoccupation of mine, but now I no longer feel controlled by it.
Now, I eat what I want when I am hungry. I listen to my body and eat foods that make me feel healthy and strong, and I hear God speaking His love over me in the process. I feel so much gratitude and joy in Christ and how He has worked in my life!
These past 30 lessons have been especially amazing because I’ve been walking this journey with my husband, and I see huge changes in him (both physically and spiritually)!
When I started this course, I had about 15 lbs to lose, and I’m still in the process to reach my goal, but my clothes are looser, I’m more confident, and I feel great! I am so thankful for freedom through Christ!"
Calvary's stupendous scene! by Henry Law
"It is finished!" John 19:30
The heavens, the earth, and all that are therein proclaim Your wondrous goodness. But Your love shines forth in surpassing luster—at Calvary's stupendous scene! At the cross we see Your heavenly grace removing the tremendous load of our iniquities from us—and heaping them all on Your beloved Son! We see Him standing as a transgressor in our place. We see Him, who knew no sin—made sin for us. We see Him, the all-holy One—accounted as a curse! We see Your justice leading the spotless Lamb to the slaughter—and rigorously demanding the full payment for all our sin-debt!
The avenging sword entered into His very heart!
The stream of sin-atoning blood flows!
Full recompense was meted out!
Divine Justice can ask no more.
Charges against us are all obliterated.
The debt-book is cancelled. If our sins are searched for, they cannot now be found!
The spotless Lamb was devoted to all anguish—that we may be inheritors of all joy.
He was cast off from You—that we may be brought near to You.
He was treated as Your enemy—that we may be welcomed as Your friends.
He was deserted by You—that we may be received to Your everlasting favor.
He was surrendered to hell's worst—that we may attain heaven's best.
He was stripped—that we may be clothed.
He was wounded—that we may be healed.
He thirsted—that we may drink of the water of life.
He was in darkness—that we may rejoice in the glories of eternal day.
He wept—that all tears may be forever wiped from our eyes.
He groaned—that we may sing an endless song.
He endured all pain—that we may rejoice in unfading health.
He wore a crown of thorns—that we may receive a crown of glory.
He bowed His head in death—that we may lift up our head in heaven.
He bore earth's reproach—that we may receive heaven's welcome.
He was tormented—that we may be comforted.
He was made all shame—that we may inherit all glory.
His eyes were dark in death—that our eyes may gaze on unclouded brightness.
He died and rose—that we may escape the second death, and live forevermore.
O gracious Father, thus You spared not Your only begotten Son—that You may spare us! All our sins are cast behind Your back—all are buried in the ocean of reconciling blood!
We can only fall low and cry, "We adore You for the gift of Your Son as our substitute; for the death of Your Son as our ransom!"
Blessed Jesus, we have been standing beneath Your cross. The sight constrains us to the deepest humility. Our vile iniquity—is the cause of Your shame! We cannot fathom the sins which plunged You into such depths of unutterable woe! We cannot estimate the burden of wrath which thus crushed You. We cannot deny that the sins which stain us are evils of infinite malignity since nothing but Your blood could wash away their guilty stains! As transgressors, we abhor ourselves before You.
While we humbly gaze—may we anxiously ponder, "Why, blessed Jesus—why did You thus die?" May Your precious answer sound through every part of our hearts and souls,
"I died—that you may not die.
I laid down My life—to purchase your life.
I presented Myself as a sin-offering—to expiate all your sins.
My blood thus streams—to wash out all your guilt.
The fountain is thus opened in My side—to cleanse you from all impurity. I thus endured your curse. I thus paid your debt. I thus rescued you from all condemnation. I thus satisfied divine justice for you!"