How can you realize the freedom you have in Christ? I say that you will discover it, more times than not, in the midst of the bondage that still seems to hold you down. You see, the power of the gospel is not found merely in the words of its testimony of Jesus’ death and resurrection, it is found in the reality that has been brought about because of who he is and what he has done. That reality is that Christ is in you. He is there, and his life witnesses from within you … despite all the doubts that you think actually come from within you. source
I copied this from the most recent newsletter I sent out.
How many times would you lower a bucket into a well if it consistently came up empty? I mean, empty, as in bone dry? Something tells me that you’d go off in search of water elsewhere. But then, if you came to a well where people often gathered to dip their buckets, you’d probably expect to get some water, don’t you think? But what if your bucket still came up dry no matter how many times you threw it in? If those around you told you that you were doing it the wrong way, how long would you keep trying? Would you take classes and go to seminars on how to access the water? Would you pay others to teach you the proper techniques? Would you gather with the crowds to hear the testimonies of those who claimed to have discovered the secrets of accessing the deep waters? Would you keep singing the songs about drinking from the well? At the end of the day, when the bucket was still empty, wouldn’t you want to find out if anybody else was actually getting water from that well?