Saturday, April 18, 2015

Freed From The Lies

Yesterday marked the end of our "manhood retreat" for the older boys at the home here in Mussoorie. We talked about God having a bigger plan (Jeremiah 29:11), Needing friendships that sharpen each other (Proverbs 27:17), the Power of submitting to authority (1 Samuel 24:5-7), Building our lives with the materials that last (1 Corinthians 3:10-15), and Persevering through hardship (James 1:2-14). The capstone to this retreat came when we had everyone write down the lies that they had been believing about themselves and lies that others had spoken over them. Lies like "I'll never amount to anything important", "I come from a poor family and will have a poor family", "God has forgotten about me", and the list goes on... We then took time to share these in groups and pray over one another, recognizing that all lies come from Satan (John 8:44) but God is our Father. Lastly, in an act of freedom and promise we cast the lies into the fire to be burnt up and forgotten, realizing that these no longer define or have power over us. It was a powerful moment of hope and I can't wait to share more in the days to come!

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