The Want to Leads to The Wow!

FreedomWe’re all recovering addicts. Before you tune me out, let me explain. Romans 12:2 states that we are “transformed by the renewing of our minds.” We don’t replace old behaviors with new ones. We must replace our old thinking with new thinking, which leads to new behaviors.
Where did this old thinking come from? Part of it came from our sin nature, which stained our brains in such a way that we can’t help but make sinful choices. Part of it came from living in a fallen world filled with lie-based messages while not having the biblical tools with which to filter them out.
All of it leads to taking our drugs of choice – where we go to meet our needs other than to Jesus. Thus, we’re all recovering addicts. We all have our drugs. They’re just different. This is one reason Jesus came to die and rise again – to set us free from our drugs, no matter what they are!
Freedom can happen according to Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” The verb “has set” is past tense, which means life-change will happen, if we want it. Freedom starts by realizing that we’re slaves to something, that it was our choices that enslaved us, and that we need to trust someone other than ourselves to become free.
Jesus is that someone. He gave us the ability to change at salvation, but the “want to” is up to us each day. The moment we want to start using our biblical tools (Set Free Nowww), the wow follows. Wow, my life is changed! Wow, I’m feeling better than I’ve ever before! The want to leads to the wow.

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