The Ultimate Journey Basics

Whether you are a Christian or not, the pastor of a church, or have never been in a church, bondage is bondage.  It may be difficult to see yourself as being in bondage, but consider what it looks like in someone’s life.  We often think of pornography, drugs, alcohol, or even guilt and shame as bondage, but perfectionism, worry, stress, fear, and people pleasing are also forms of bondage.  These are merely symptoms of the real problem, which is the core belief that “I am not good enough.”  This belief is what drives people into bondages like the ones previously mentioned. It leads people to need to do something or be something to try and prove they are good enough. And, it leads people to “numb out” from the pain of not feeling good enough.

Most people try to change themselves through forced behavior that provides temporary results at best.  The Ultimate Journey, by contrast, focuses on transformation by the renewing of the mind.

Romans 12:2 states, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Ephesians 4:22-24:  “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

God works in our spirit.  But our soul – our mind, will, and emotions – must be brought into alignment with what God has already done in our spirit.  Even after accepting Christ, most Christians still believe the negative voices of their past rather than what God says about them.  This is why, even though it is true that Christ has set us free, many people are still in bondage.

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