Finding true freedom at Mardi Gras

04/30/14 at 09:37 AM | Published Under Missions

Charis students go to Mardi Gras to share Jesus

Have you ever thought about what it means to be truly free? Is it just being able to do what you want, when you want? Or is freedom more beautiful than that?

Mardi Gras has always been something associated with freedom—freedom defined as a lack of inhibition. People who attend are often unknowingly searching for what it really means to be free.

Charis Bible College sent a team of eight Ministry School students and staff to Mardi Gras to show the people that God has a purpose for each of our lives, which produces freedom in ways we don’t usually imagine on our own.

CBC Students at mardi gras 2014

Shawn came to Mardi Gras seeking fulfillment, to partake in one of the “traditional” aspects of the event. He didn’t view his life as having much meaning. Believing he was a bad person due to the fact that he desired constant sexual relations with women outside of marriage, Shawn didn’t think God would want him. Have you ever felt that way?

However, right in the middle of Bourbon Street, a street in the French Quarter of New Orleans known for its promiscuity during Mardi Gras, Shawn spoke with the CBC team and found out his life didn’t have to be meaningless. He found out that his life has purpose and he was set free. 

Shawn was saved, baptized in the Holy Spirit, and instantly felt the peace that brings true freedom. You see, true freedom is actually knowing God and that He loves you more than anything in the world. Shawn saw that reality for the first time and was forever changed.

Is there an area where you’re not experiencing true freedom? Are there ways you could be letting God work in your heart? It’s never too late to be free!

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