We don’t pursue love by “doing,” by “getting,” by “doing to get.” Love is something we receive from God and we abide in it to experience the fullness of love.
John 8:31, 32 “If you abide in My word, then you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
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We all have a spiritual need to be loved–to be accepted. When we don’t know God intimately through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we may seek approval in multiple ways:
1) Gain Approval
What can I do for you?
2) Win Approval
What can I do for me?
3) Demand Approval
Using force or control
4) Steal Approval
Through lies and deception
Here is the Good News—when you come to Christ you are reconciled to Father God and are accepted in the Beloved. Eternally accepted and approved.
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That is the title of chapter eleven of the memoir, Fallen, by Annie Lobert. Here is a preview:
In order for anyone to truly heal, we need to let God reveal the truth about the root of each issue we struggle with. The truth about ourselves is what sets us free more than anything else. When I was a slave to the sex industry, my perspective had to shift of how I viewed my life in order for me to see that I needed to be freed from bondage.
After what Jesus had done for me, I wanted to offer that same hope to others. How could I not? It would be so selfish to keep it all to myself! I became a very eager student of wanting to give this freedom to others. Many times I wanted to jump out into the world and start a full-time ministry. But God would gently whisper in my ear, “Not yet, Annie. I want more time with you alone. Healing takes time. I want you to be ready and equipped for the journey ahead. You can’t help others effectively if you still need help yourself. Focus on My love to heal you first.” One of my favorite scriptures that ministered to me and stopped me from jumping too far ahead of myself was Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God.” I camped on that one, especially when I was tempted to jump ahead in my own timing. And trust me, that was often! Continue reading “Freed To Set Others Free” »