Christians say things like “Jesus has set me free” but do we really live like that? I think the startling truth is, no. We don’t really believe it and the evidence of that is – we don’t really live it. The rise of escapism within the Body of Christ is evidence of that. Escapism is the tendency to seek distraction and relief by avoiding unpleasant realities. We escape into Netflix, video games, romance novels, social media, sports, exercise, shopping, hobbies, porn, drugs and alcohol and even seek escape into the arms of someone who we aren’t married to. The temptation to escape is a device of the Evil One. He offers us a trade, a substitute – fantasy instead of reality and pleasure instead of pain. The problem with escapism is that IT IS A LIE because we are not escaping anything. Escapism opens an ever-growing chasm where we keep consuming, but are never satiated. We become trapped by it. This form of idolatry causes us to elevate our need, pain and emotions above what the Word of God says about our circumstances and Christ’s rule over them. We escape at the expense of our relationship with God and with others. We even advance a gospel that is tainted by escapism by making escaping to heaven the focus instead of life with Jesus. Jesus gives us real hope in Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Life with Jesus is the only escape. Do you really believe that? If so, are you living like you do? The test is not in your agreement, but in your actions. Put down your remote, phone, game or whatever escape you are using and pursue Jesus instead of more empty things. Let Him tell you what He sees in your life and shift your perspective to His, and then live your life in agreement with what you say you believe about Jesus.
I still can’t process all that I witnessed and experienced at Renovated a couple weekends back. Even more, I can’t process all that I’m witnessing in the aftermath. We prayed for 5 months for God to meet us in that space at Sanibel. We anticipated that the Spirit of God would do something. We asked God for the “more” – awakening, redemption, new birth, new ministry, healing, strongholds to be destroyed. Read More
“Forgiveness doesn’t make the other person right, it makes you free” Stormie Omartian. The forgiveness you don’t give is the forgiveness you don’t get, ladies. In Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus says, “If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Scary. The Greek Read More