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The Radical Adventure

Where does it say following Jesus was going to be easy. Jesus never said that. In fact, most references made in Scripture about that journey speak of leaving much behind, and living differently than you’ve been trained to live. A. W. Tozer wrote, “I dare say that Christians who have genuinely come to love and trust Jesus Christ have also renounced this world and have chosen a new model after which to pattern their lives.” It’s in that renouncing where we find much of the struggle.
Your old nature and the enemy don’t want you to change. Oswald Chambers, writing of this journey said, “that’s where most (Christians) faint and give way.” Tozer continued, “Further, we should say that this is the aspect of Christian life that most people don’t like. They want comfort. They want blessing. They want peace. But they recoil from this radical, revolutionary break in the world.” Jesus said “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”(Matthew 10:34) I have this image of life walking with Jesus; it’s a lot like being on the Bearing Sea with those guys from the Deadliest Catch. It’s dangerous as heck, but a lot of fun and worth the adventure.
The key is understanding the dangers, paying attention to what’s going on around you, and staying engaged at all times. The safe life is hanging out on the dock waiting for the boat to return. I watch that show and wonder if I could ever make it on one of those boats, and then I wonder; how much of my life do I live the same way? Can you identify with that? Where in your life are you seeking the safe, easy, comfortable route, when Jesus is calling you to the radical revolutionary break from the world? ~ Greg Tutwiler

Go Get Your Freedom

I see it over and over again.
Men wanting to live an authentic life. Waiting. And waiting.
Wanting the life they hear about, read about; life to the full … but it eludes them. Life seems more about managing and maintaining.
Jesus came to “heal the broken hearted,” he said. Restore and liberate. So let him.

The Heavenly life is available. Now.
The difficulty is that we don’t appreciate the fact that it takes a process.
A potentially long process.
Oswald Chambers says, “The curse with most of us is that we won’t.” It just feels too overwhelming. And where would we start anyway?

We’ve spent a lifetime getting to this place … it’s just going to take a while getting out of this place. One prayer doesn’t fix it. Neither does a bunch of religious activity.

Jesus invites us on a journey; a lifelong journey. One that takes us within our own soul, to the core of our life, our desires, our authenticity; our hearts.
His central mission as publicly stated in Luke 4:18 was to “… heal the brokenhearted, preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, (and) to set at liberty them that are bruised.” And He offers this to us.

He calls us to a journey into our own souls where we must enter the cavern of our lives with all it’s dark and scary places … all it’s wounds, fears, demons, and monsters … and asks us to open the lock we guard so tightly around our heart so He can come in and restore it. We must do it. He knocks at the door, but we must open it.

Imagine yourself as Indiana Jones – on a quest to the bowels of your own soul … “for behold,” Jesus said, “the kingdom of God is within you.” Journey there with Him – for you hold the keys. Take Him there and let Him in. Let Him do His work. Surrender. Surrender to His healing, delivering, sight restoring, liberating work. Go get your freedom. Loose the Kingdom inside. From there you can begin to live; live the authentic life. Healed, delivered, restored, and free.

Greg Tutwiler,

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