Some of us may be leading lives of quiet desperation but for God’s people we are not bound to a life of unfulfilled hopes and dreams. In John 10:10 Jesus gives us hope for a meaningful and fulfilling life saying “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The enemy of our soul can use many things to trap us and steal our hope, kill our dreams, and destroy our enthusiasm for life. Dysfunctional childhood experiences, academic failure, chaotic family life, miserable marriages, social barriers of racism and other discrimination, poverty, addiction, incarceration, and other issues can trap us into thinking that a life of quiet desperation is the best we can hope for and survival is all we know, but Satan is a liar.
In John 8:31-32 Jesus tells we can be free in Him “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” In Christ, the collar of life that has us bound can break free from the things that oppress us if we will let Him pull on it by leading and guiding us in life. We can dream again. We can move on from unhealthy relationships. We can change. We can learn new things. We can set goals and achieve them. We can grow. Every journey starts with the first step, even if it is a baby step. Break free in Christ and be amazed at what God has in store for you.
Rev. Smith is the Associate Pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church, www.exodusmissionaryoutreachchurch.org and can be reached at 828-962-8196, email@example.com, or PO Box 3311, Hickory, NC 28603.
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