by Macy Johnson
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
(John 8:32 NIV)
One of my very favorite Bible verses is John 8:32. For any addict this verse is the ticket to freedom. To escape from the pull of this life is a gift straight from the Savior’s hands.
I asked God to take away my addictions. He responded, “You have this struggle to teach you to want more of me.” If He dissolved my cravings, I might not run to Him and fall at His feet for mercy and grace. He reminded me, “You will battle with sinful addictions every moment you breathe on this earth. But don’t worry, because I have overcome this world.”
Contentment is a rare quality found in wisdom to accept what I cannot change and courage to change what I can. I am free to choose Jesus, follow Him, and push my passions aside.
Early one morning after a painful battle I watched an eagle soar high above the tree tops. I longed to soar with the magnificent bird.
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
(Isaiah 40:31 NIV)
I am encouraged when I read the writings of others who struggle. I hope you will gain courage from my confessions. We can lift each other up in prayer and trust that the God of pure love will mold us into the children He created us to be.
Christ’s love changes us, exposes our expectations, gives us hope, and sets us free, free, free to serve in His kingdom!
I will celebrate my freedom and be hopeful in the struggles I face today with God’s help. I hope you will, too!