Free Life in Christ

An undergraduate student stopped by my (Neil's) office one day and said that she was researching satanism, and wanted to ask me some questions. After talking with her for a few minutes, I suggested that she probably shouldn't be studying that subject.

"Why not?" She asked.

"Because you aren't living a free life in Christ yourself," I responded.

"What do you mean by that?" She asked.

I told her, "You are probably struggling in your Bible classes just trying to pay attention. I would suspect that your devotional and prayer life is virtually nonexistent. I would guess that your self-esteem is probably down in the mud somewhere, and you probably entertain a lot of thoughts about suicide."

She almost came out of her chair. "How did you know that?" She asked.

After years of helping people find their freedom in Christ, I can frequently discern whether a person is living free in Christ. She got permission as an undergraduate student to take my graduate-level class that covered the material in my books Victory Over the Darkness and The Bondage Breaker. After the class, and with no further counseling, she wrote me this letter:

"What I have discovered this last week is this feeling of control. Like my mind is my own. I haven't sat and had these strung out periods of thought and contemplation; that is, conversations with myself. My mind just simply feels quieted. It is really a strange feeling.

My emotions have been stable. I haven't felt depressed once this week. My will is mine. I feel like I have been able to choose to live my life abiding in Christ. Scripture seems different. I have a totally different perspective. I actually understand what it is saying. I feel left alone. Not in a bad way. I'm not lonely, just a single person. For the first time in my life, I believe I actually understand what it means to be a Christian, know who Christ is, and who I am in Him.

I've already had an idea to develop a Bible study from your material and use it next year on my floor for a Bible study. I feel capable of helping people and capable of handling myself. I've been a codependent for years, but this last week I haven't had the slightest need for someone else.

I guess I am describing what it is like to be at peace. I feel this quiet, soft joy in my heart. I have been more friendly with strangers and comfortable. There hasn't been this struggle to get through the day. And then there is the fact that I have been participating actively in life and not passively, critically watching it. Thank you for lending me your hope. I believe I have my own now in Christ.

Taken from: The Common Made Holy by Neil T. Anderson & Robert L. Saucy. Copyright 1998 by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR, p. 237-238. Used by Permission

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