“Working hard on the thing God created you to do accompanied with faith will bring favor and abundance beyond our wildest dreams,” said Charity Israel, creator of the social media ministry, lovelivesfree.
The Christian social media influencer is on a mission to help believers reach their true potential in Jesus. Israel doesn’t shy away from any subject matter and uses scripture to encourage and inspire. One thing she always makes a point for everyone to know, believer or not, is that the Lord is always magnified.
“God’s love is greater than your sin will ever be,” said Israel.
Israel is originally from Little Rock, AR, but currently resides in Clarkston, GA. She attended Oral Robets University and received a degree in Pastoral Care Ministries. Israel shared growing up, she wanted to be a brain or heart surgeon, but explained what became of that particular dream.
“I watched my first surgery on TLC,” said Israel, “blood squirted from the knee of the patient, and I decided, I needed to find something else to do with my life.”
That something else was ministry and she shared how many Christians were active on social media. She also shared how the conversations ranged and showed that there was room for Bible-based teachings. Israel decided this was her time to share the gospel.
“Eight years ago, social media seemed to be full of a lot of seeker-friendly faith talk or fire and brimstone platforms,” said Israel. “I longed for a space online that promoted the unfiltered truth of God’s word in love, and I wanted people to be aware of the freedom His love provides us.”
When asked what is one of the challenges of preaching the gospel on social media, Israel stated people getting caught up in their feelings vs scripture.
“The greatest challenge has been the Christian’s issue with the truth,” said Israel. “People love to express how they feel about things that are crystal clear in the Bible.”
She continued, “Due to their allegiance to their feelings rather than their faith, I tend to have to remind them their issue is with the Bible not me. Also, with society being as it is, telling people that their truth is not the truth often gets me in trouble.”
Challenges, issues and hurt feelings aside, Israel is about the gospel, so much so, that she wrote a book. Published in August 2018, “40 Days to Freedom” was birthed from personal experiences and a need for devotional material in her life. Israel wanted people to reached an authentic relationship with Christ.
“I wrote the book because I desperately needed one like it when I was in a very dark place in life,” said Israel. “I was fed up with religion, I was trying to wrap my mind around a failed engagement, and I was just tired of my past robbing me of enjoying my present [and] future.
“I wanted people to have a real guide with practical tips to help them heal.”
Israel shared that the feedback from her book has been very positive and many believers have shared that it’s helped with their faith.
“The feedback has been proof that God heard my prayer of it getting into the hands of every beautiful soul that was like me when I wrote it,” said Israel. “Getting emails and inboxes of people being able to move forward in life after choosing to confess, forgive, and live will never get old.”
Israel goes live on social media often, talking about topics the Lord has placed on her heart or breaking down chapters from her book. She often addresses the misconceptions about living a Christian lifestyle believers and non-believers ascribe to. Israel addresses two common issues that many struggle within the body of Christ.
“The two I encounter the most are: there’s no room for error, and faith is all you need.
“Many Christians live with guilt from the sins they committed before and after salvation,” said Israel. “This guilt keeps them distant from God, and they tend to live a Christian life outside of an authentic, honest relationship with God. They carry the weight of their imperfections instead of taking them to their Creator by way of confession (I John 1:9).
“The second one really robs the believer of a beautiful life and that’s the idea that all you need is faith. However, one must still work to acquire things in this life. Even as a Christian, they aren’t just handed to you and false doctrine tries to imply faith alone will bring it to us. I personally feel, it’s irresponsible of any created thing not to use the ability their Creator has given them to prosper.”
Loveslivesfree is a ministry that really helps believers to peel back the layers of their faith and do deeper introspection. Israel is serious about the Lord and in believers operating in their true potential.
“I want to encourage [the] community to develop an authentic relationship with God through Jesus Christ,” said Israel. “I want them to know that God will forgive any sin we are willing to confess, and that there’s no such thing as too bad, too perverted, or too terrible. God’s love is greater than your sin will ever be.
“Accept his love by confessing Jesus as your Lord and live in the freedom that love provides.”
You can follow Charity Israel @lovelivesfree on social media, Charity Israel on YouTube, and join her email list or find out more at www.charityisrael.net.