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Free at Last! – Natalie Guarascio

Free at Last! – Natalie Guarascio

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  Galatians 6:1 NIV

I used to think Christianity was a long list of rules. I tried hard to please God and insisted others did as well. This kept me trapped in a self-inflicted cycle of guilt, all the while sure this was God’s plan for me. When others failed to measure up to the rules, I found myself judging them in my legalistic mind. I was lonely and didn’t know why.

But maturity in the Lord taught me how wrong I was. The list of rules was my own attempt to be a “good Christian.” I really did love God and honestly wanted to please him. I craved his love. If I could just try harder.

I began to comprehend the unconditional love of God that could see the situation clearly. As I grew to understand His grace and was able to set aside the rules, the judgments, and the frustration for fruitless striving, I was able to live in freedom. Now I can see how precious people really are, no matter where they stand in their faith.

Galatians teaches when we truly understand that Christ died to free us from the law, we become partakers in the gift of grace He has provided. Freedom is accessible to us as we continually remember the Christian life is a relationship between a loving Father and His beloved child. Following after God and obeying Him changes from a “have to” to a “get to.” When we understand His grace, our desire grows to follow after Him with reckless abandon since the burden of sin has been lifted.

Are there areas of your life where you are religiously trying to be “good enough,” or earn God’s love and acceptance? Surrender to Him and let His grace transform you. Stop striving. Start enjoying the peace that is yours as a child of the King. Grasp the gift and stand free in Christ.

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Natalie GuarascioNatalie Guarascio is a young married woman living in Morgan Hill, California. She has one daughter and two cats. Her husband is a youth and college pastor at their church and they are in awe of Jesus’ reckless love in their lives.

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Dress for Him – Ashley Fisher

Dress for Him – Ashley Fisher

Let us put on a breastplate of faith and love and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:8

I had lost all hope. My baby was sick and not getting better. I cried and prayed to the Lord and felt as if He didn’t hear me.

The Lord had moved my family from Tennessee to Ohio to help plant a church. It was here, in Ohio, that the Lord began to really stretch my faith, and one of the trials He allowed was the sickness of my second daughter.

I wish I could say that I was a picture of faith and hope, but quite the opposite was true. I was a mess. If God wouldn’t listen and answer my prayers, I’d just completely turn my back him. And when I did, I ran head first into sin that I regret to this day. Yet the Lord did not leave me in that place of self-pity, selfishness, and hopelessness. Not only did He reach down and rescue me from myself, He eventually healed my daughter as well.

A breastplate and a helmet are both objects of protection against enemy attacks. He tells me to put on a breastplate of faith to protect my heart from fear … the fear that He isn’t there, that He cannot hear me, and does not understand. He tells me to put on the hope of salvation from the troubles in this life to protect my mind from wandering down the path of discouragement, despair, and depression. I have to put on His armor. Christ is there waiting to help me, but I have to make the choice to trust and then put my trust into action.

I am thankful to serve a God who knows, sees, understands, and is always in the business of drawing me back to Him.

Dress for Him. Wear His armor and trust He will care for you. He will.

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Ashley FisherAshley Fisher is a stay-at-home mom and wife. She enjoys writing for her blog www.ashleyfisherslife@blogspot.com where she documents family life and strives to lead people to a closer walk with the Lord.

 

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