A New Day, Into the Light of Freedom – Purity 693
Purity 693 03/31/2022 Purity 693 Podcast
Today’s photo of sunrise on the horizon of a new day over the headlight illuminated expanse of highway I-95 “somewhere in Florida” comes to us from a friend who had closed on their house in another state the previous day and had everything they owned packed in their truck as they drove into a new chapter of their lives that would be defined by a spirit of exploration and wonder. It’s been a couple of months since our friend took this “first day of the rest of your life” photo back in January and I have been excited to share in their journey as they have shared scenes from their travels on social media ever since.
But this photo was day 1, and I share it because a new friend, someone I now consider my brother in Christ, has arranged to meet with me to be led through the Steps to Freedom in Christ at a local church and it is my prayer that the Holy spirit will guide us through this process of prayer and repentance to help my friend resolve their personal and spiritual conflicts and to experience the peace that comes when the Lord sets you free.
Yup, it’s Thursday and I thought today’s photo of a stretch of highway that leads from darkness to the dawn of a new day was the perfect shot t represent my friend’s upcoming walk through the Steps to Freedom in Christ (https://www.mt4christ.org/2022/02/the-steps-to-freedom-in-christ.html ) and to represent the path of Christian Discipleship in general because the journey that starts with faith in Christ and continues with a sincere intention to walk in His ways truly is the road that will take you from the realm of darkness into the kingdom of God’s goodness and light.
As happy as I am to serve as an encourager in my friend’s freedom appointment today, I know that it will be the Lord who will the One to help my friend to overcome the things that have prevented him from experiencing the peace and freedom that Christians are supposed to know in their daily lives.
Just like how the headlights and streetlight’s illumination in today’s photo pale in comparison to the blazing break of day on the horizon, the efforts and work of mankind can’t compare to the power that God has to help us to overcome our struggles and to change our lives.
If the current times seem troubling it’s because you have forgotten about the One who created the universe and the One who sent Christ to tell us how to have peace with Him. In the midst of these “dark days” there is still hope. When we decide to follow the Lord, we can know that He is with us and be assured that no matter what happens, God is in control and is moving all things together for His good purposes. .
God is the source of all that is good and His creative power is infinite. When we acknowledge who God is, and make Christ our Lord and Savior, we get to experience the goodness of God and we get to watch God’s power manifest in our lives in ways we would never have even thought was possible.
My short walk with the Lord has shown me that God is real, that He loves us, and that He wants us to know Him more. He calls us out of the darkness to experience the joy of living in His light. So seek the Lord and His righteousness. His ways are higher than our ways and the life He has for us never ends, so keep walking and talking with God because He has new and exciting things waiting for you to experience in that glorious light that is just beyond the horizon. We just have to surrender to His will and keep walking toward the light to get there.
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verse is :
18 “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.
Today’s Bible verse speaks of the Lord’s desire for us to come to Him and to have the scarlet stain of our sins to be washed away.
This verse from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah shows us that God has always desired for man to be reconciled to Him and that He offers peace to those who choose to repent and put their faith in Him. In the Old Testament times, people had to put their faith in God and the promise of the coming of the Messiah. People tried to show their faith by trying to live according to the law and had to trust that the Lord would one day send a Savior to be “saved”.
But since Christ has come, now we know specifically who we are to put our trust in: Jesus! His life, death, and resurrection shows us that Jesus was the Son of God and God the Son. Christ is the fulfillment of the promised Messiah and it is only through putting our faith in Him that or sins, though they be like scarlet, and red like crimson, are forgiven.
Our lives that were stained by the guilt of our sin have been made clean and the crimson stain of guilt and shame has been washed away because of our faith in Jesus. Through Christ we are made clean, we are new creations, and we are made as white as snow.
This fact of our lives in Christ, as Christians, should be a source of unending joy and peace.
I often quote Romans 8:1 or a portion of it to remind me of my accepted status in Christ. It says:
Romans 8:1 (NKJV)
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
The reason we are not condemned is because we have been forgiven, we have been washed as white as snow! Forever!
There is no condemnation for those in Christ because we are approved and accepted by God as His adopted children. We have been made right with God through our faith in Jesus Christ alone. We are white as snow and there is no sin that can stain us anymore.
1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Our new relationship with God affords us continuous forgiveness and the power to overcome and say no to sin.
So rejoice, we are no longer scarlet or crimson from the stain of our sin, we are as white as snow and if we should slip up, we can confess it to be forgiven and to continue to walk into righteousness again and again.
Our walk is about progress, but God’s love and forgiveness for us is perfect and He will stay with us and continue to perfectly encourage us to keep walking in His ways even if we stumble.
We didn’t earn our salvation. It was a gift that came through faith in Christ. So believe it, receive it, and live in the continuous peace that comes from knowing that you are forgiven, you are as white as wool!
As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.
Today we continue sharing from June Hunt’s Overeating: Freedom from Food Fixation.
As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase June Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support his work. This resource is available on many websites for less than $5.00.
C. How to Have a Transformed Life
Reaching the Target: Transformation!
Target #1—A New Purpose: God’s purpose for me is to be conformed to the character of Christ.
“Those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son …” (Romans 8:29).
— “I’ll do whatever it takes to be conformed to the character of Christ.”
Target #2—A New Priority: God’s priority for me is to change my thinking.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).
— “I’ll do whatever it takes to line up my thinking with God’s thinking.
Target #3—A New Plan: God’s plan for me is to rely on Christ’s strength, not my strength, to be all He created me to be.
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 ESV).
— “I’ll do whatever it takes to fulfill His plan in His strength.”
 June Hunt, Biblical Counseling Keys on Overeating: Freedom from Food Fixation (Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart, 2008), 29.
My Personalized Plan: How to Think “Healthy”
Jesus was preoccupied with food … but not the kind that lines cabinets and fills refrigerators.
What consumed Him … what filled and satisfied Him far more than the choicest meats and grains … pertained to matters of the kingdom, namely, pleasing His Father above. “ ‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work’ ” (John 4:34).
Let’s follow Jesus’ example and focus on pleasing our heavenly Father rather than our own desire for overeating. Let’s discover God’s will for our lives and carry out the work He has called us to do. When these are operating in sync—pleasing our heavenly Father and carrying out the work we’re called to do—there is no greater satisfaction on earth! Scripture reminds us of our very special calling.…
“We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Think of yourself as the person God created you to be.
• God has given me a new nature in Jesus Christ.
• God has given me all I need to live a self-controlled life.
• God has given me an escape from the corruption caused by ungodly eating desires.
“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:4).
Have the correct motive for losing weight.
• I want to take good care of my physical body, the “… temple of the Holy Spirit …” (1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV).
• I want to be free from the bondage of self-indulgence.
• I want to be healthy and live the life God has planned for me.
“We make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it” (2 Corinthians 5:9).
Identify the real reasons you overeat.
• Am I responding to a lack of love because of ___________________?
• Am I responding to feelings of insignificance because of ___________________?
• Am I fearful and insecure because of ___________________?
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts” (Psalm 139:23).
Make a personal commitment to obey God.
• Acknowledge your need for change.
• Acknowledge that you are powerless to change.
• Acknowledge God’s power in you to change.
• Acknowledge His constant presence within you.
“The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us” (1 John 3:24).
Know how to listen to the Lord.
• Listen to God by reading His written Word.
• Listen for His leading through the Holy Spirit.
• Learn to identify Satan’s lies.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” (Psalm 32:8).
Develop an exercise plan that will increase your metabolism. Vary the plan.
• Walk or ride a bicycle for 30 minutes a day 4 or 5 times a week.
• Do aerobics for 30 minutes, 3 days a week.
• Walk up the stairs instead of using an elevator.
• Make a commitment to join athletic activities with friends.
“Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding” (Proverbs 15:32).
Eat only when you are hungry and only foods you should eat.
• Develop a knowledge of good nutrition.
• Choose to eat healthy foods.
• Don’t give up if you blow it.
“Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble” (Romans 14:20).
Allow for flexibility and include some pleasure foods in your diet.
• Recognize the value of variety and of occasionally having a special treat.
• Realize the legitimate God-given enjoyment of tasty foods.
• Resist the urge to binge.
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
Let the Holy Spirit direct your plans and provide needed self-control.
• Pray throughout the day that your choices will reflect the self-control of Christ.
• Meditate on specific Scriptures (especially those about self-control).
• Ask God to remind you of His protection and power over temptation.
“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26).
Turn your focus to the healthy foods you need to eat.
• Keep a small notebook with you.
• Write down when and what you eat with its caloric or fat value.
• Choose a Scripture to think about and memorize daily or weekly.
• Record your thoughts and feelings.
“The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright give thought to their ways” (Proverbs 21:29).
Have a thankful heart.
• Thank God for His faithfulness to you.
• Thank God for the unique person you are, including your body shape and size.
• Know that God never gives up on you. (If you blow it, start again!) God is faithful!
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship
 June Hunt, Biblical Counseling Keys on Overeating: Freedom from Food Fixation (Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart, 2008), 29–32.