Uncategorized | March, 01, 2013 | by Nancy Alcorn 0 Comments

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but principalities, and powers, and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.  (Eph. 6:12)  Part of that struggle can be a struggle to know your identity.

Principles of freedom help people overcome abuse and addictions.  Many people have been to treatment programs that have said “Once an addict, always an addict,” but that is not what the Bible says.  Love does not hold someone in captivity.  Love does not tell someone they can’t be free just because their recovery is slow.  Instead, the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If any person be in Christ Jesus, they are a new creation.  Old things have passed away, and all things become new.”

Don’t misunderstand me, God uses support groups.  Many people go to groups, meet believers, get plugged into a local church, and move forward.  There are awesome support groups that teach you how to forgive, and they teach that the name of Jesus is above every name.  These places get your mind renewed to God’s Word and your heart transformed!

What does love do?  Love tells people the truth.  I don’t want someone I love having to identify for the rest of their life with what they used to do. Their identity is in Christ. They are a child of God.  They are a daughter of the King.  They are a princess.  They are not a prostitute.  They are not a trafficking victim.  Yes, they may have been trafficked, but they’re not going to live with that victim mentality. They can come out of that because their mind can be renewed to God’s Word.  Romans 12:1 says that we should dedicate our bodies to God, a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable.  The Living Bible says it this way, “When I think of all that Christ did for me, when I think of the fact that Christ died for me, is it really too much to ask that I just live for Him?”  I don’t think so.  He paid the price for us so that we could receive freedom.  Christ died once for all.  In Him, we discover all we really are.

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