What is Freedom in Christ Ministry?
At CT Community Freedom Ministry (CCFM), we help people find freedom from hurts, hangups, addictions, negative thoughts and more. We do this by helping them understand who God is, who they are in Christ, and then how to break free from strongholds such as fear, unforgiveness, and more.
Many people find themselves tormented by negative, contrary, suicidal, or destructive thoughts that seem to “come out of nowhere,” and yet are hard to escape. Some experience night terrors or other spiritually oppressive events that leave them feeling helpless and hopeless. Sometimes, repetitive patterns of failure seem to plague them and people in their family for generations--like an unbreakable pattern of destruction.
If this describes you, we can help!
The reality is, Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind, but he has also won the victory over the works of his adversary, Satan the Devil. Coming to know Jesus and standing in the identity he offers can give us victory over darkness and habits of all kinds. CCFM exists in part, to help people experience that victory and then share it with others.
To accomplish this, we encourage people to come to faith in Jesus and work through a discovery process with them to that end. Once they’ve crossed that bridge of faith, we work through a series of steps to assist them in experiencing true freedom in Christ.
CCFM For Christians
Christians need to know how truly good God is as a basic step in deepening their faith (Heb. 11:6). Next, they need to learn how to walk in true freedom.
In his classic letter to the church in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul wrote, “For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage (Gal. 5:1 ASV).”
Sadly, most evangelical Christians fail to heed Paul’s warning and all too often, become tangled in a web of chronic sin, discouragement, guilt, and failure. Here at CCFM, we believe this is sad, but totally unnecessary. As Paul said, Christ set us free so we could remain free. Walking in freedom from chronic habits, hang-ups, and the feeling of constant hurt is possible—Jesus went to the cross to make it so!
It’s common in 21st Century Christian circles to talk about the “full gospel.” We think much of what is written using this phrase is misleading. The truth is that the whole or full gospel of Jesus includes freedom to grow in him and mature in him—living free from chronic nagging, negative thoughts and chronic sins. This doesn’t mean we’ll be perfect this side of heaven. Still, it DOES mean we’ll move closer to perfection each day and live such that sin and pain is the exception, not the rule!
The key to this is based on what James wrote to the 1st Century Jewish Christians. In James 4:7, he said,
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Contained in this verse are two very simple steps to freedom in Christ:
Submit to God — A prayer of faith and conscious service to Him. It’s based on our salvation through grace alone, by faith alone, in Christ alone (John 14:6).
Resist the Devil — A proclamation of renunciation or rejection of Him and those who serve him.
If our prayers and conscious acts of will reflected these things daily, EVERYTHING would change. Some try to resist the devil and His constant attacks (Yes, these attacks are a reality for Christians as you’ll note in Ephesians 6:10-18), but ignore the need for full submission to God. This is dangerous. Others, submit to God AND, albeit unknowingly, to Satan—another formula for disaster since God won’t share worship and obedience with anyone else!
The Benefits of Being “In Christ”
In 2 Cor. 5:17, we’re told that if we are “in Christ,” we are a “new creation.” This means we have a new nature and a fresh new start. But it also means much more. The benefits of living “in Christ” are too numerous to mention in this short space. The point is that Jesus wants us to live “in” the fullness of what he offers, not carrying the baggage of our past nor the constant, nagging thoughts that often weigh us down. Jesus said, “Come to me you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest (Matt. 11:28).”
We need to believe that when we come to him, HE will take our burdens, if we let him. We need to let go of our strongholds and let Jesus give us TRUE rest.
To do this we need to be saved, as we’ve already covered. We also need to be assured of that salvation—to Know, and Know that we Know that we are secure in the arms of Almighty God. We need to know our identity in Christ—who we REALLY are, not who others say we are. Next, we need to take advantage of all he offers. To do THIS, we recommend a process called “Steps to Freedom in Christ.”
Personal Steps to Freedom
We STRONGLY recommend you read two books, “Victory Over Darkness,” and “The Bondage Breaker,” both by Dr. Neil Anderson. We also recommend that your process the steps to freedom outlined in the booklet, “Steps to Freedom in Christ”.
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