freedom Archive


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20 Aug Freedom in Christ: Part 2 – Sin

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!  ~Romans 5:17 (All verses are in NIV) In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how one element of God’s plan in sending the Messiah, Jesus, was to free us from the law. This freedom from the law brought about freedom from sin at the same time.  The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, ~Romans 5:20 Out of context, this verse may be slightly confusing, but the point the Apostle Paul is making here is that sin existed before the law. However, when the law came about, it highlighted how much sin was rampant in their society.  While the...

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20 May Do You Ever Feel Stuck in Life?

Feeling stuck in life is an extremely common human experience. As the Bible testifies in Ecclesiastes, there are seasons in life. There is a time to weep and a time to laugh. A Time to plant and a time to uproot. A time to search and a time to give up. A time to keep and a time to throw away. The difficulty we face is when it’s time to move on to a new season, but we feel lost and unsure about how to reorient towards a new path. At Agave Sozo in Chandler, AZ, we believe every season holds guidance and wisdom for us, and that freedom is our ultimate trajectory. So how do we move on when we feel stuck in life? Moving from Stuck to Free In a culture that celebrates progress, achievement, and moving forward, when we feel stuck in life it can feel like...

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23 Apr The Best Question You Can Ask God

Praying without ceasing doesn’t mean you have to be in a contemplative state or a quiet place in order to do so. Prayer can be as simple as a continuous conversation that flows throughout the day. When moments arise that require guidance or wisdom, a silent internal prayer can be all it takes to discern the right steps forward. Or when you find yourself happy or thankful for something in your life, a moment of silence and gratitude can instantly connect you to the Source of all things. Bringing God into these daily moments opens a world of intimacy, connectedness and clarity. Prayer is a Two-Way Street God not only enjoys listening to us, but He also loves to respond back to us. You may have grown up in an environment that didn’t encourage you to listen for the voice of God. And while God certainly communicates through His Word, His...

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20 Feb Developing a Sense of Belonging

As human beings, our need to feel like we belong is innate. In fact, it’s in our genes. Our ancestors of long ago had a fiercely tribal sense of belonging to their group because it was the difference between life or death. Groups were often homogenous in behavior and thought. To act in a way that was different from the group meant potential ostracization and therefore, no provision or protection from the group. There are a number of social and psychological benefits to this sense of belonging. An article in Psychology Today has this to say about belonging: “A sense of belonging to a greater community improves your motivation, health, and happiness.  When you see your connection to others, you know that all people struggle and have difficult times. You are not alone. There is comfort in that knowledge.” Just as a sense of belonging has benefits, conversely, a sense of...

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16 Jan 5 Soul Care Intentions to Start the New Year

The most common New Year’s intentions revolve around physical health, and specifically around working out more and losing those pesky, few extra pounds. Other goals may include fulfilling certain passions and dreams, or choosing to budget well this year. However, soul care often gets tacked at the bottom of this list, or perhaps omitted altogether. As an inner healing prayer ministry in Chandler, Az, Agave Sozo would like to suggest a few soul care intentions you can set for this coming year. 1. Make Time for Daily Prayer & Meditation At Agave Sozo, we believe the Bible not only instructs us about how to live so we can be right with God, but it also offers the clearest pathway to Shalom, or a state of peace and wholeness. So when the Bible encourages us to pray and meditate, it does so because the Divine Wisdom in these practices prove to be...

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12 Nov The Importance of Setting Boundaries

We live in a day and age that is extremely fast-paced and demanding. In addition to meeting all the needs of your family and balancing your work life, you also have a social life, and you may volunteer at your local church or non-profit agency. The number of responsibilities and requirements you carry can begin to feel overwhelming, and the challenge is knowing where to draw a line for your emotional and mental health. At Agave Sozo inner healing prayer ministry (serving Gilbert, Chandler, and Mesa), we believe in the value of self-care. That means, in order to live a vibrant and abundant life, it’s absolutely and undeniably okay to acknowledge the importance of setting boundaries! Learn To Use Your "YES" Wisely If you’re a people pleaser—and many of us are—don’t feel any shame in admitting it! But the problem with always saying yes is that it’s a vicious cycle. As...

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21 Oct The Freedom of Forgiveness: Cutting The Tie

If you’ve ever heard Christian teaching on forgiveness, you may have come away feeling a little confused as to why we are to forgive one another, and how we should go about it. This isn’t because the Bible is unclear; it’s because forgiveness is so tied to our woundedness, pain, and interconnectedness with humankind. And depending on the severity of the trespass, forgiveness may not seem like it’s even a possibility. At Agave Sozo, an inner healing prayer ministry serving the Phoenix Valley, we’ve seen and experienced the power of real forgiveness. Since forgiveness is such a huge topic, we’d love to cover a small slice of it in this post. Forgiveness in the Bible In the Bible, forgiveness is connected to sin. As Christians, one major motivation for the forgiveness we extend to others is based upon the forgiveness that we have received through Christ in God. When a person sins...

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07 Sep How Your View of God Affects Your Life

Agave Sozo is an inner healing prayer ministry seeking to serve those struggling with depression, sadness, pain, and other issues in the Chandler, Gilbert, and Phoenix areas. If you ask people who God is to them, you may get many different answers. A person’s perception of God can vary depending on their religious beliefs and personal experience. We may never know all there is to know about God, but we can certainly grow in our understanding of Him. Your view of God affects your life and your experience of Him.  Agave Sozo believes that the truth will set you free. Who is God? Who is God?  Traditionally, many of us have grown up with a view of God that is not necessarily Biblical. For example, we might believe He is angry, distant or quick to judge.  The wonderful news is that God is the very opposite. He is eternally loving, kind, patient and...

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09 Aug Processing Emotional Pain

There is no way to get around the pain that life, and simply being human, brings us. Sometimes we need to face our pain and choose to pursue healing. Beyond it, we may find the colors of life are far more vibrant. Healing enables us to connect more completely with ourselves and others. It gives us the ability to empathize with people around us. Healing makes us more grateful. And these results are only a few of the benefits to actively going after the healing of our pain. Dealing with any kind of pain, especially emotional pain, may seem overwhelming. But Agave Sozo (part of the Bethel Sozo Network) believes in the power of inner healing ministry to overcome depression, defeat, and the causes of emotional pain. We’ve helped people from all over the valley (Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale) find freedom from plaguing emotional pains. Through Agave Sozo, the testimonies...

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