Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Maintaining Freedom in Christ
I'm reading the following biblical steps from Dr. Neil Anderson who writes about how to maintain freedom in Christ:
" 1.) Be involved in a loving, caring church where you can be open and honest with others and where God's truth is taught with grace;
2.) Read and meditate on the Bible daily.
3.) Learn to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Assume responsibility for your thought life. Don't let your mind become passive. Reject all lies, choose to focus on the truth, and stand firm in your true identity as a child of God in Christ;
4.) Don't drift back to old patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting. This can happen very easily if you become spiritually and mentally lazy. If you are struggling with walking in the truth, share your battles openly with a trusted friend who will pray for you and encourage you to stand firm;
5.) Don't expect other people to fight your battles for you, however. They can help you, but they can't think, pray, read the Bible, or choose the truth for you;
6.) Commit yourself to daily prayer. Prayer demonstates a life trusting in and depending on God. "
Here's a suggested DAILY PRAYER to say to maintain freedom in Christ, also from Dr. Anderson:
"DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, I PRAISE YOU AND HONOR YOU AS MY LORD. YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF ALL THINGS. I THANK YOU THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS WITH ME AND WILL NEVER LEAVE ME NOR FORSAKE ME. YOU ARE THE ONLY ALL-POWERFUL AND ONLY WISE GOD. YOU ARE KIND AND LOVING IN ALL YOUR WAYS. I LOVE YOU AND THANK YOU THAT I AM UNITED WITH CHRIST AND SPIRITUALLY ALIVE IN HIM. I CHOOSE NOT TO LOVE THE WORLD OR THE THINGS IN THE WORLD, AND I CRUCIFY THE FLESH AND ALL ITS PASSIONS. THANK YOU FOR THE LIFE I NOW HAVE IN CHRIST. I ASK YOU TO FILL ME WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT SO I MAY SAY NO TO SIN AND YES TO YOU. I DECLARE MY TOTAL DEPENDENCE UPON YOU AND TAKE MY STAND AGAINST SATAN AND ALL HIS LYING WAYS. I CHOOSE TO BELIEVE THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD DESPITE WHAT MY FEELINGS MAY SAY. I REFUSE TO BE DISCOURAGED; YOU ARE THE GOD OF ALL HOPE. NOTHING IS TOO DIFFICULT FOR YOU. I THANK YOU THAT I CAN LIVE A RESPONSIBLE, VICTORIOUS LIFE THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME."