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Karina Allen is devoted to helping women live out their unique calling and building authentic community through the practical application of Scripture in an approachable, winsome manner.

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  1. Karina,
    I love how you point out that Christ not only saves us “from” things, He also saves us “for” certain things. It reminds me that our Lord is very intentional and has a purpose for us in our freedom. I believe we will never fully grasp our true sense of freedom this side of Heaven. God is always perfecting us in our faith, but we can certainly grow in truth. The more years that pass and the more trials and experiences that the God leads me through, the more I have realized my freedom, especially absolute freedom from condemnation. “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) I am still learning to live more by fact than by my feelings…still a work in progress. Thanks for a great post on a hard question (loved your scripture infusion).
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Bev! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

      I love that verse in Romans. It is etched in my core. I thank God that He is so intentional in our lives, in every detail. His freedom is ours. We just need to grasp it as best as we can on earth and live like it. that will surely encourage others and open the door for them to find their freedom.

      Have an amazing Tuesday!

  2. Gal. 5:1 is one of my favorite verses and I often quote it making it personal and specific. Such as, “it is for freedom that Christ set us (me) free, so (I will) stand firm then never again to be burdened by a yoke of slavery to ……sickness….to fear…..to the enemy. Being free means trusting God knowing we have the victory even over death! Wonderful post! Thank you for building up my day. God bless…

  3. Renee,
    Thank you for sharing! I love making Scripture personal. It changes my perspective in so many ways. Everyday, I pray that my trust in God grows and that I recognize the freedom that Christ has given me.

    I pray that you have a blessed day!

  4. Love this! Love to write about freedom! For me, freedom is giving ourselves permission to live life in all the fullness and abundance God intends for us. But it is our choice to believe it is for ME, and to live it only by loosing every unique passion and gift that make up who I am.

  5. Galatians 5:1 is my favorite bible verse. Love spending time thinking about what it means to live FREE in Christ.

    • Hey Ali! Thank you for stopping by!

      I pray that this week as you reflect on the freedom that Christ has given to you, may you really begin to walk out that freedom and lead the way to set others free!

      Have a blessed week!

  6. I so appreciate your words today, Karina. I have considered this many times, and still fail to live in the freedom that I possess. I tend to forget that my sins are forgiven, my past is forgotten and my future is secure. Thank you for the reminder that in Christ there is true freedom…from ourselves. xoxo, Meredith

    • That is so good Meredith! I fail more times than I care to remember. I am so grateful that He saves us from ourselves. We can be our own worst enemy.

      Thank you for sharing! Blessings to you!

  7. I love that in the Old Testament, God tells Moses to tell Pharaoh the same thing. The shadow of things to come in Christ was seen in Moses, as the deliverer of God’s people, leading them out of Egypt into freedom to serve God. Ex.7:16, Ex. 5:. Awesome stuff

  8. This has been a long journey for me…but in my 50’s I am living freer than I could imagine …and freedom is not arriving to a certain place…but being free from thinking we have arrived… And this journey of freedom will continue until that day!!

  9. Karina,

    What does it mean to be free? Freedom means the ability to do and say anything about anyone. No censorship.

    But it also means I am free from Satan’s hold over me. Christ has set me free
    free to worship Him and work for Him!! He also saved me for a work that He has planned for me!! 🙂 🙂

    Blessings

  10. Karina,

    Thanks for the words of encouragement. If I may, I have a question for you …. but first some background context for the question.

    I think I appreciate why you talk about living by faith as opposed to feelings. This is something that I have often heard preached and certainly tried to practice; unfortunately often with a fair amount of frustration. While pondering this, one day the question popped into my mind “Who gave you feelings in the first place?” Answering that question is proving to be an ongoing challenge!

    I think part of the answer lies in Romans 12 v 1-2 in that once we have presented ourselves to God as a living sacrifice, so he can renew our minds. I am coming to the conclusion that a lot of my struggle in the past has been the fear of my feelings getting out of control and running amok, which has happened. My way of coping with this has been to surpress my feelings through rationality and assuming that if I base everything on rationality my feelings will somehow fall into line. But as you point out in your article and as noted in 1 John 4 v 16 once we are fearful we are moving in the opposite direction to faith and moving from freedom to bondage.

    Therefore my question is do you consider faith and feelings to be mutually exclusive (i.e.: It’s one or the other) or do you think that through the freedom that Christ has one for us they can become complementary ? If the latter, I would be interested to hear how you think this may come about.

    Regards,

    Steve

    • Hey Steve! Thank you for sharing! Those are great thoughts!

      It is by no means an easy thing to live by faith and not by emotions. I believe that the Lord gave us emotions. They are real and they have value. They connect us with this life and they help connect us to others…to share in their joys and sufferings.

      Those emotions, as real as they are, are not to control us or dictate our thoughts and/or actions. I have gone through many hard seasons but as I mature in Christ I have learned to lean into what I know to be true, God’s word. The Bible says that my heart is deceptive. Emotions come and go like the wind. His word is constant and unchanging. I am getting better at making decisions based on what His word says and not how I am feeling at any given moment.

      I don’t pretend to not feel things that I do feel or vice versa. I just bring it all to God. He is so huge! He can handle ANY emotion that I throw at Him. As my heavenly Father, He wants me to bring those emotions to Him. Faith and feelings are complementary in the sense that when we repeatedly respond in faith, our emotions do eventually fall in line with our belief in the truth and actions.

      I find freedom in being able to go to God with all of my junk and issues. He welcomes them and then He molds me to look more like Jesus.

      I hope this helps. Let me now if you have any other questions. 🙂

      Blessings to you!!!