The Cost of True Freedom

The Cost of True Freedom

By Dominic Herbst, Psychologist
This Independence Day we celebrate 240 years of freedom from tyranny and oppression from a foreign nation in 1776. The birth of our new nation, the United States of America, fought for freedom to pursue its own destiny in the new world. Our founding fathers believed that this freedom was worth the struggle even unto death. It wasn’t long before our nation came under assault with many wars that followed. But heroes from every generation were raised up to defend our freedom oftentimes paying the ultimate price with their lives. You and I live free today because of the bravery of countless men and women who fought to keep us free from tyranny over 200 years ago…and the bloodshed continues…

 

Over 2000 years ago, The Son of The Living God came from Heaven to free the oppressed of heart from the bondage of a spiritual enemy. The precious blood of Christ was shed once and for all on a cross at Mt Calvary for you and for me. He promised to set the captives free from oppression and torment. It cost our Savior everything…and His blood was poured out as He died for us…

In this fallen and sinful world both freedom in life and freedom in heart require the shedding of blood to sustain it.

This July 4th as you consider the freedom you enjoy that was protected by the generations of heroes who fought unto death, be sure you also experience the inner freedom from spiritual oppression. There is no need any longer to remain in bondage. Jesus came to “…set the captives free…”(Luke 4:18)

Join me as we thank and remember all of those who served throughout history to protect our freedom as a nation and in proclaiming the freedom that we have in Christ rather than remain captive to the bitter pain of our past. It’s time to let Jesus “Set the Captives Free!!!” That begins with you and me…

 

What’s keeping you from your 15 minutes of flame?

What’s keeping you from your 15 minutes of flame?

By Dominic Herbst, Psychologist

Originally published on Jesus Daily!  Direct link: http://jesusdailybible.com/2016/06/15/whats-keeping-you-from-your-15-minutes-of-flame/ 

Have you ever wanted to pour out from your heart every pain you’re experiencing right now or every pain you ever felt?! Maybe you’ve been betrayed, abused, rejected, abandoned or far worse…So what’s keeping you from your 15 minutes of flame? Are you afraid that you will feel less spiritual or of how it might appear to others if they found out? Maybe you think God will think less of you or even worse judge you for your intense release or total loss of composure…

None of those reasons should stop you from releasing the fire and rain from your heart before toxicity sets in and robs you of the joy in your soul. Did you know that God not only gives you permission to bring forth all the concealed pain inside you, but even more so He encourages you to release it all. “…(He) desires the truth in the inward parts: And in the hidden part You shall make me to know wisdom.” (Ps 51:6)

Why continue to masquerade that all is well on the outside when all is hell on the inside? God is looking for us to be real…to be truthful with ourselves and with Him, regardless of how ugly we feel. He already knows every detail of our pain, anger, resentment, rage, hate, sorrow… When we pour out both words and feelings, God pours into us with His healing and WISDOM! What are you waiting for? Let the fireworks begin! …and watch how deeply He will fill you with His love. You might want to begin with a written page from your heart that you read out loud to God when you’re alone or with someone you trust…Either way, it’s time to Bring It! Flame On!

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