It is my belief based on years of counseling and personal experience that man’s separation from living fully in Christ is the main source of mental health and emotional struggles. I believe that issues related to self-esteem, insecurity, anxiety, fear, anger, resentment, jealousy… are a direct result of not feeling secure and loved - not knowing who we are in Christ.
It may be surprising to know that the problem Jesus came to solve was not bad behavior. Jesus did not say in John 10 that the thief comes only to kill, steal and destroy, but I came to make you behave really well.
No. He said that he came so that we may have ABUNDANT LIFE! But what does that mean?
“Sin” in Spanish means “without.” Sin means that we are without God .
Sin separates us from God and we know that to get back into a right relationship with Him we simply need faith, the faith to believe and confess Jesus. When we do that, Jesus’ blood covers us and now when God looks upon us He sees the righteousness of His son! Hallelujah!! TUJ!
Abundant life is being clothed in Jesus and having the Spirit live within us, relying daily on the Spirit rather than on ourselves.
The problem Jesus came to solve was being disconnected from God. (See Bob Hamp's video at the top of this page.) When Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they disconnected from God and became their own power source, AKA self-reliant. Have you ever seen an electronic device plugged into itself and powered up? That doesn’t happen. It needs a power source and so do we!
While Jesus sacrificed himself for our sins, the overarching problem Jesus came to solve wasn’t about following a list of rules. It was about reconnecting to the source of life – connecting back to God being our source rather relying upon our own understanding.
God said in the day you eat of that tree you’re gonna die, not be killed, but die. Man is now dead in that he is separated from God. God gives life and without connection to him we are filled with death.
I conclude that death is self-reliance.
When we rely upon our own knowledge of good and evil, we think that we can make things right. We try to correct bad behavior because we know what it means to be good.
That is a tail chasing condition. The dog knows his tail is back there, but he can usually never catch it so he just goes round and round until he tires out. And when he does sometimes succeed and catch his tail, he can’t hold onto it forever.
That is what people do too! There is something we want to change – yelling at our loved ones, overeating, under eating, abusing drugs or alcohol, gambling, watching porn, feeling hatred or jealousy toward others… but no matter how hard we try to change, it doesn’t usually work or there is always something else that seems to crop up.
Hence the tail-chasing dog raises its head and starts running around in a circle.
The knowledge of good does just as much damage as the knowledge of evil, because it keeps us stuck in a never ending loop trying to be good enough. So here is the key, and most of us know it, but we don’t seem to fully accept it:
we can never… Ever… EVER... be GOOD ENOUGH!
God is the source from which ALL life flows.
When we try through self-reliance to fill that emptiness inside (be our own power source), we look to pleasure, power, position, money, standing in the community, houses, boats, cars, fitness, clothing, fame, bling, letters behind our name, basically ANYTHING that we think will make us feel good, but those things never seem to fill the void. We seem to always want more.
When we look to ourselves for our worth, we fall short. However, when we know who we are in God, and truly believe it, then we are filled with His peace through His Spirit.
If I am the problem (knowledge of evil), then I cannot be the solution (knowledge of good)!
I am the problem and the only solution is connecting back to the source – God!
I leave you with Matthew 6 – Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and He will take care of the things you need, cuz he knows what you need! He is our Heavenly Father and He loves giving to us.
PS. If you missed it, seeking His righteousness is about being in Christ, not about us trying to be “right.”
There is so much great information readily available and free!!
The Foundational Classes for Freedom Ministry teach the basics of how to obtain the freedom you seek. Thirty-seven topical classes can also be found at this link including topics such as: boundaries, forgiveness, anger, fear, rejection, and many more.
Just a note about what it means to be free.
Freedom is not the absence of something.
It is the presence of someone - the Spirit.
II Corinthians 3:17
Have you ever wondered if God really loves you, or who you are to Him?
Read the following verses and then ask the Spirit to guide you in believing the truth that God speaks through His word.
When studying these verses, ask God if there is a lie you believed that needs to be changed.
For instance maybe while reading Ephesians 1:1 you don't happen to feel like you are a saint. Stop and ask the Holy Spirit when you first remember not feeling "good enough" and when he reveals that to you then ask if there was a lie that surrounded that time or event.
If there is and you came into agreement with that lie, then ask the Spirit to reveal the truth about you. When he does, ask God's forgiveness for believing a lie. Ask Him to set the truth in your heart, for the Spirit to fill you up with that truth, and be thankful because His truth really will set you free!!
WHO DOES GOD SAY THAT YOU ARE?
When you read each verse, stop and listen to what God is revealing to you.
For instance, after reading John 1:12, ask God this: Am I your child? And listen for his answer.
When you receive and believe in Christ, you are God’s child! John 1:12
You are Christ’s friend! John 15:15
You are justified because of Christ and you have peace with God! Romans 5:1
You are joined (married/one spirit) with the Lord! I Corinthians 6:17
You are the temple of the Holy Spirit and have been bought with a price! I Corinthians 6:19-20
You are a saint! Ephesians 1:1
God adopted you – You are His CHOSEN child! Ephesians 1:5
Through Christ you have direct access to God!! Ephesians 2:18
You are redeemed!! You are forgiven!!! Colossians 1:14
In Him you are COMPLETE! Colossians 2:10
YOU ARE ASSURED!
You are free from condemnation! Romans 8:1-2
God justified you. NO ONE can condemn you! Romans 8:31-34
Nothing can separate you from God’s love! Romans 8:35-39
You have God’s Spirit in your heart! II Corinthians 1:22
He blotted out the bond written against you and nailed it to the cross! Colossians 2:14
You are hidden with Christ in God! Colossians 3:3
The good work God has begun in you, He will perfect! Philippians 1:6
Your citizenship is in Heaven!! Philippians 3:20
God has given you a spirit of power, love, and discipline! II Timothy 1:7
You are born of God and the evil one CANNOT touch you! I John 5:18
Christ gives you understanding so that you may know Him! I John 5:20
YOU ARE PRECIOUS!
You are a branch of the true vine! John 15
You are chosen and appointed to bear fruit for Christ! John 15:16
You are a temple of God and His Spirit dwells in YOU! I Corinthians 3:16
You are a minister of reconciliation and Christ’s AMBASSADOR! II Corinthians 5:19-21
You are seated with Christ in the Heavenly places! Ephesians 2:6
You are God’s workmanship created for good works! Ephesians 2:10
You can approach God with boldness and confidence! Ephesians 3:12
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! Philippians 4:13