Chapter 11: Celebrate Life!
You have come a long way since starting this course. The question now is: How can I now celebrate my life?
Its time to move back into real life and move on from your past to your future. We hope FREE ME TO LIVE has been a strength and encouragement during your journey.
Now it is time to rise up and walk in newness of life .
You have given up blame and grieved your losses. You have learned many practical life precepts. However, there is a threat to your healing.
This verse says:’or by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.’ Verse 20 goes on to say: ‘For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.’
The precepts and principles that you have learned in this course are tools that will enable you to live a victorious life.
You will never again have to think of yourself as a victim. However, because of the emptying of your soul in the ‘letting go’ exercises, it is critically important that you quickly fill yourself with the will of God, His Word, and fellowship with other believers in order that you can be spared a more difficult time.
Today, you can have victory because of what God has already done for you.
When your enemy comes like a flood to tell you that all of this was a waste of time and effort, you can tell him that you know differently.
What steps can I take to insure that I maintain this celebration?
Who are you? Who does God see when He looks at you? He sees His creation, whom He loves.
Our redemption was made complete at Calvary.
When Jesus lifted up His eyes and cried ‘It is finished’ (John 19:30), He was saying that the provision for our reconciliation to God was complete. There was nothing more to be done. The Word of God had been revealed to mankind. Man needed only to hear the Word, accept it and place his hope and trust in Christ. But if the redemption we enjoy is complete, why do we still sometimes wrestle with the failures, temptations and distractions we have always fought? Let’s take a moment and read the parable of the sower in Mark 4:3-20.
We are all capable of failing. Three reasons I might fail at maintaining this celebration of life include three things taught by Jesus Christ. The reasons Jesus gave for lack of fruit or failure in a believer’s life include:
1. Satan’s taking away the Word of God once it was planted
2. Persecution because of the Word of God in you.
3. Worries of the world that choke out the Word of God in you.
For most of us, the worries of the world are the main culprit for our lack of growth. We see in verse 20 that the seed sown into good soil was fruitful.
We must begin to realize that in order for us to bear fruit, we have to base our lives on the Word of God.
As we allow Jesus to take control of our lives and begin to develop a personal, intimate relationship with Him, He transforms our values, our attitudes and behavior so that we can live to glorify Him.
Jesus Christ has given us authority over ALL the works of the enemy (Satan).
If we fail to recognize our true position of sonship and fail to exercise our authority, we will inevitably succumb to Satan’s power.
His lies and schemes are designed to keep us from recognizing and experiencing the truth about who we are in Jesus Christ.
Stop and reflect upon all that you have just learned these past weeks.
Who does Paul say my struggle is with?
What does this verse say about my stance towards Satan?
Satan is the master of deception, he is also called the ‘Father of lies.’
If he can get us to take our eyes off the truth of God’s Word, (the truth about Christ, the Cross and our redemption) he can control and manipulate us as he desires.
The primary way that Satan attacks is through the thought life. He will plant tiny thoughts in your mind that are directly contrary to the Word of God.
What am I to do with my thoughts?
Think of this scenario and write down your immediate response.
1. My mind says ‘Nobody loves me, God hates me’
2. What feelings does this temptation evoke? 3. If I take this thought captive to the obedience of Christ, how should I respond to the previous thought?
We must begin to renew our minds by reading and studying the Bible. Memorizing scripture is an excellent way of renewing your mind. Our brain is very similar to a computer. If we put the wrong information into any computer, the output will not be correct. We are much the same. Whatever we put into our hearts and minds is what will always come out.
‘As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.’ I must be careful what I am meditating on and make sure it is the truth of God’s
NEXT: How to take your thoughts captive