It’s a bitter sweet that I am writing this last post from ErickHurt.com. I have been volunteering for a wonderful ministry called Setting Captives Free and have been offered the chance to join them in other capacities. This ministry is very trustworthy and one of the only ministries that I personally endorse due to their intense gospel focus. They have six lessons currently with the seventh set to launch this coming December. I highly recommend the teaching over any “recovery” program. Real freedom comes through our Lord Jesus Christ, not a program. I am adding a writing that clearly shows the difference below. Visit SettingCaptivesFree.com to sign up today for your free course.
Recovery Vs Freedom
Recovery is something that seems to be able to be found in a “rehab” type facility, and may be found to be Christian or non-Christian, with the chief goal of “recovery” from some sort of “illness” or “disorder”.
Example 1: Hi, my name is Erick and I’m a sex addict. I’ve had this disorder for 25 years now. I really wish I could get rid of this illness of pornography, it’s driving me crazy and keeping me from living a full life.
Example 2: John 5:6 NIV When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
What is your answer? Do you want to get well? Jesus is asking you the same question right now, what will your answer be? Do you believe He can heal you?
Mark 9:21-23 NIV Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. (22) “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” (23) “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Do you want to get well? John 5:7 NIV “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Here we have the Great Physician standing right in front of the invalid and asking if he wants to “get well”. His response, “I have no one to help me into the pool”. Even though Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well, his eyes were “set on” the healing properties of the pool for the healing of his paralysis.
But when Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well, He was asking not only to heal him from his paralysis, but to forgive him all his sins—bringing the necessary healing to his heart.
John 5:8-9 NIV Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” (9) At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Colossians 3:3 ESV For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
None of us are “in recovery” but “in Christ”. We have become a “new creation” because we have “died” and our lives are now “hidden with Christ” in God. Oh look once again at those words, “if anyone”. That means you! That means me! That means us! If ANYONE is “in Christ”, he is a “new creation.” This is real freedom!
Ephesians 2:13 ESV But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
From a slave to sin–to freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1). From an abusive husband verbally and physically–to loving my wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). Now an Elder at Family Bible Church, I speak, teach, and preach with the same passion I once had for sin. I work as a volunteer for Setting Captives Free ministry as a mentor and mentor coordinator helping people become freed from the grip of sin. Visit www.settingcaptivesfree.com.