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Jeremiah 11:19

Thursday, April 26, 2012

"I was like a docile lamb led to slaughter. I didn't know that they had devised plots against me."


I shake my head and marvel that I once thought the only people captive were the spiritually lost. God pried open my comfortably closed mind in the most effective way: from the inside out.

If anyone had told me that Christians could be in bondage, I would have argued with all the volume a person can muster when a yoke of slavery is strangling her neck. I was the worst kind of captive: a prisoner unaware, the kind of prisoner most vulnerable to her captors, the easiest prey there is. A Christian is held captive by anything that hinders the abundant and effective Spirit-filled life God planned for him or her.

(Beth Moore: Breaking Free Day by Day)

Today I was easy prey. I'm not feeling 100% and my hormones are out of whack so it was easy for the evil one to find a fissure and begin his work. He knows an easy way to get to me is through my little boy and it worked quite well. My joy was out the window within minutes of sitting down to teach him a new math concept. Thankfully I could tell someone was trying to take me captive and I said, "No." Doesn't mean my joy is completely back, but at least I was working on it.

Another area of bondage this devotion made me think about is my weight. You'd think I'd have this whipped by now as I know what it takes to succeed. Why is it so hard to just say "Let's do it!" and stick with it? I know...years of using weight to hide from the real issues. My weight would push some people away and that's just what I needed. It would have been better to learn how to not care about those hurtful people and gain strength and self-confidence, but when you are young and you keep hearing "not good enough" you begin to believe those other people are right and the hiding begins. As life continues while living in that pit it gets deeper and harder to climb out of especially when others are still saying "not good enough." Why can't I hear the voices saying "YOU are good enough. YOU are special. YOU are caring. YOU have so much potential for the kingdom." be the ones I hear. I know they are said more often than the negative. Just shows you the powerful hold the evil one has when the wound is left open and not dealt with.

Today I will claim the positive. "I am fearfully and wonderfully made!" "The joy of the Lord is my strength!" "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."

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    You are good enought - you are special - you are caring - you have so much potenetiol for the kingdom - and don't you for get it!! emoticon
    2783 days ago
    Janet, my bondage is FEAR... So much fear, and thankfully, counseling is whittling away at it and teaching me to trust in the ONE who is the opposite of fear. I'm working on it, but it's tough... the crash sent me into a whirlwind of sheer terror fear, and I'm trying to fight my way back. Thank you for your blog, my friend. Lori emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2783 days ago
    I'm working on hearing the good stuff in my head too!
    2784 days ago
    Yes, the words "I am fearfully and wonderfully made!" are great when we start feeling down on ourselves!
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    2784 days ago
    If you keep on proclaiming the truth the lies will have to go! The more light you let into a room the less darkness you have. Jesus is our deliverer! He will set you free! Deliverance can come instantaneously or it often comes like an onion being peeled; one layer at a time. As you grow in the knowledge of who you are in Christ Jesus you will be able to more quickly identify and resist those negative thoughts that are holding you in bondage. Don't give up or let the devil have his way. You are an overcomer in Christ Jesus!


    John 8:31, 32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed in Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
    2784 days ago
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