I am thankful for a forum like this that allows believers to share our faith, hope and experience. To share a little about me I am a father of three wonderful children, I was raised in a Christian family by wonderful and faithful parents, this is a blessing and I thank God daily for them. As I was raising a family and doing the things I thought a Father and Husband should do, I started drifting from church and my savior, I started drinking and living a selfish, self centered life, after several years I realized I had no control over alcohol, I was a slave to my addiction.
After years of doing things on my terms and my way, I found myself lost, losing my family and in a divorce. I hit a new low, I felt less than worthless, I came to the conclusion I had failed miserably at life. Hopeless, in misery and turmoil I cried out to God. I didn’t think he would listen to a man like me, I didn’t even think I could call myself a man. Oh, but glory he did listen…thank you Jesus. That was over five years ago that I started this journey, it hasn’t been easy, there have been stumbles and slips, I was a new babe in Christ. Always faithful to his word he set me free from bondage.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 KJV
What I want to do with this group is to share my testimony, and hear others that have been set free from the slavery of addiction, so that others still suffering and looking for answers or new Christians looking for brothers and sisters in Christ to share there new life of freedom with. I would like to start a group if this is something that would be of interest, so post your comments and together we can live happy, joyous and free.
Not being able to sleep, near death, the young man grabbed the arm of the person next to him. He screamed " I can't rest from my torment, I have committed terrible crimes..Please help me." The young man was a prison guard. He had been accused of a crime and thrown into a communist prison. He was waiting execution in a cold damp cell with many people he had tortured just weeks before. Most of these men in the cell were only guilty of being Christian, not willing to recant their faith for the sake of the party they were sentenced to death.
Well here we are again, another year almost complete. Jingle Jangle and all the Santa Claus stuff. Traffic galore, snow and…well here in South Louisiana it’s a balmy seventy degrees, but you all know what I'm talking about. 'Tis the season, shoppers everywhere looking for that special gift for a special person. I have always been a kinda Bah Humbug kinda guy, never could get in the spirit of things.
Many peoples look at Samson and his mistakes as a failure. They see what man sees, our outward faults, what we give or don't give. Samson was a man with faults, made very public because he was a nazarite, called of God for a purpose. If we think that he was just a big mess up or was a spiritual weakling, we miss the point. It is very easy to condemn Samson, yes he did sin he was at fault, he fell short of his full potential for God, which one of us hasn't. But there is a side to this story that many of us Christians miss.
I hope everyone had a great labor day, I had a great weekend. It got me to thinking about a few years ago when I first tried to stop drinking, before I admitted I even had a problem with drinking. I had gotten to the point that any kind of gathering or celebration was an excuse to drink. My family didn’t drink so I always tried to come up with an excuse to leave early or hide my drinking. Talk about denial, man I was good at hiding it, so I thought.
One of the things that often lead us to a full and lasting relationship with Jesus Christ is despair and hopelessness. At these times in our lives we are at our lowest points, we can’t see this as anything but a horrible place, we have become completely broken. Even to the point as Paul describes despairing even unto death, albeit for different reasons. Paul was persecuted because of his correct beliefs in God.
In my prayers and meditating on the word, I am struck by what God is doing in my life, blessings that are far more profound than what I could have imagined a few years ago. In referring back to the title Freedom from Slavery. Seizing upon the idea that freedom from bondage allows freedom to serve.