Come and See

Experiencing God's truth for yourself.

I never thought I’d experience the freedom that I so desperately prayed for when I was younger. Believing every lie the enemy whispered in my ears paralyzed me with a fear that enslaved my mind, and suffocated my identity. I was a Christian to the best of my knowledge,

I became weighed down by so much bondage that it felt normal to me. I was comfortable living in the grave of hopelessness that formed around me.

Can I take a moment to expand your perspective? My wonderfully close-knit family loves me more than I can comprehend. They aren’t perfect, but then we are all human. Right? 

They kept loving me unconditionally to the best of their ability, even when I didn't see beyond the lies constantly cycling throughout my brain.

These false statements were perfectly crafted and tightly woven together with deceitful half-truths.  I was, without a doubt, firmly convinced of them. Eventually, I found myself at the point where I began to isolate myself from everyone, especially my family. All I can say is Satan is very good at his job. Please understand that my life wasn’t a never-ending doom and gloom setting everyday. I personally couldn’t push past my emotions enough to seek the reality of Jesus. I felt defeated, empty, and purposeless.

It wasn’t until God called me out of what I was living in and guided me along the unsure path of doing a DTS that I eventually found life. I'm not saying DTS is the end all, be all, of finding freedom, but Jesus is. DTS is an opportunity to go all in to seek the Lord for yourself. And depending on your level of dedication and ability to surrender, you will experience God in ways you've always heard about.

One area where I saw truth overcome lies was in the area of relationships. Other Christians 'had' to be nice to me, so no friendship felt genuine. God completely changed my perspective. It was hard for me to accept kindness from others at first. Even when I made mistakes, people were kind. I didn't feel less than when I didn't understand things immediately. I discovered true friendships that weren't based on my performance. 

At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus invited the disciples to come and see a life unlike any other. Discipleship Training School is your chance to do just that. Go all in with your heart and mind ready to receive God’s goodness for your life. The next training school starts September 24th. Are you ready?

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Hope Bear

Written by Hope Bear

Hope Bear works in Media Communications. She loves her family and values relationships. In her spare time she enjoys driving and singing along to all kinds of music. You will most likely catch her driving towards a coffee shop. Above all else, she finds joy in discovering who Jesus is everyday!

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