“Liberating the Oppressed”
Sunday’s Big Idea
Today was one of the hardest sermons I have ever had to preach. Over the last couple of years of my life I have come to realize the extent of damage that has been done to me. I often was beat by my father, sometimes to the point of abuse and to compound those issues I was molested as a child. Though I didn’t realize it till recently, I left my childhood with the distinct belief that those things happened to me because I was to weak to stop them and that I had no one to protect me. The outcome of those core beliefs was that I became an independent and self-reliant man who was driven to be able to defend himself…hence my journey into MMA. All of us at some point have chosen to believe lies about ourselves and that interferes with a healthy and Godly life. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 23:7 “For he is like one who is inwardly calculation. (So he is).” You might ask what does that mean? It means that the way we think will determine a lot about the way we act. When we look at ourselves what do we think? The importance of that question lies in our identity. This is why the Bible tells us in Romans 12:1-2 to transform our minds!
The Big Idea today was that we all have experiences and we let those experiences define us instead of God’s truth defining us. What do you believe about yourself that is putting your life on a detour from your destiny? Let God meet you there and speak His truth over your life.