“So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:11)
I used to have a couple of fish tanks when I was a child, one with goldfish and the other with freshwater tropical fish. For those of you who have ever taken care of small fish, they tend to die quite easily (or maybe that was just me). For those that died, I would say goodbye, ceremoniously flush them down the toilet, and turn my attention to care for those that were alive.
“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1 John 5:4)
When we come to faith in Christ, we gain a newfound freedom that we’ve never had before. While there are many aspects and nuances to this freedom in our lives, what it boils down to is that God empowers us to break the chains of bondage to the things of this world.
Most Friday nights we meet with our church small group and take time sharing what’s going on in our lives. It’s always a mixture of what looks like “good” things (praise reports) and “bad” things (prayer requests) on the surface. (more…)