Hello, my name is Larry, but I am writing under the name that expresses who I truly am; “Still-Free.” You see, I was once a man who darkened the doorsteps of the people I really loved and cared for deeply. No, I did not do this on purpose. Something inside of me compelled me forward. It wasn’t until I met Jesus Christ; I mean truly met Him, that my life began to change. The desires of my heart were transformed; although for me it was a process. I do not know what others go through, but the changes I experienced deepened more and more proportional to my experiences in knowing God. It seems the deeper my relationship with Him, the easier it was for my “want to” to change. Scripture says:
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him,” [Philippians 2:13 (NLT)].
When I looked at my life before; in my darkness, I really thought I was a bad person; so did many others. But Scripture says something different. Consider these words:
“But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it… I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it,” [Romans 7:16-17, 18-20 (NLT)].
Does this sound confusing to you? It is really very simple. The enemy of God (and me) had deliberately deceived me into thinking I was the one who was bad. I believed him, and my life; because of this deception, was what I call “stuck in the mud.” I did what I hated, and did not do what I wanted to do. Yet, because I WANTED to do what is good, and DID NOT WANT to do what was bad, this shows that the man I really was indeed was not the bad man I saw myself as. So, what was the problem? I believed the lie. How does a man come against himself? Scripture says:
“For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it…” [Ephesians 5:29 (NKJV)].
You see, it is human nature to protect ourselves. When I thought I was a bad man, I continued to darken the doorsteps of people I really did love and care about; I could not help myself. When I met Jesus Christ, who led me to the truth, I was enabled to come against sin; the real culprit, and learn to live with the Holy Spirit guiding and leading me into a new and better life. Yet Scripture again lets me know how this happens; consider:
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me,” [Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)].
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me,” [1 Corinthians 15:10 (NKJV)].
“To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily” [Colossians 1:29 (NKJV)].
Over and over again in Scripture we read that God works in us to do what we alone are unable to do! The Holy Spirit releases us to be in cooperation with Him to experience transformation that affects our entire being. The good that God has put in us is no longer frustrated and defeated by sin, because sin has been put in its rightful place! And we who have been set free can rise to live the resurrection life Jesus demonstrated when He has here on earth. You see, I dared to believe God… that is all I did! And, today, my life no longer darkens the doorsteps of those I love and care for… I have been set free to do those things God set me here on earth to do! Am I perfect? Not according to my experience; but look at what Scripture tells me:
“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified” [Hebrews 10:14 (NKJV)].
“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ,” [Romans 5:17 (NKJV)].
So, although my experience in this life does not exude perfection, when God looks at me, He sees through the mire to a man who is perfect and complete standing before Him; even while I am yet in the process of being made holy (sanctified).
Having written all these things (believe me I could go on), I encourage you to take a look at your life. No matter where you see yourself, God looks at you much differently than you see yourself. He sees the finish product before it ever manifests itself, and He reaches out with love to bring redemption near enough for transformation to take place in our lives.
I am here to prayerfully strengthen, inspire, encourage, support, motivate, reassure, stimulate, comfort, and do whatever I can until you have received whatever it is you are needing. Please feel free to make comments, and/or critiques, and let me know if there is anything I can do that will Bless your life! Thank you for taking time to read the heart of my words.