The pounding in my chest made it hard to concentrate.
The familiar anxiety-ridden fear crept up like a ninja and I knew the root cause this time. It was this fear of displeasing man. Every time I thought I was rid of this heavy spirit not of God, it would come to call. This time I was coming back from a social media Sabbatical, one where I was able to discern a few things about next steps in life, one where peace and gratitude seeped from my soul. Yet here I was about to trade it all in for “woulda, coulda’s” — afraid my time away had ruined something for someone.
Why do we constantly repick up the burdens we lay at Jesus’ feet?
Why do we feel like it’s our constant job to hold the world together, and not God’s?
Where does this come from?
I am still not so sure, but I do know I am learning to recognize easier when the thoughts are not lined up with the truth. Sometimes our spiritual growth doesn’t seem as extravagant as we may desire it to be. The thing that tripped us up a year ago may still visit, but we can take hold of hope knowing God doesn’t see us a failure. Instead, he promises to guide us as a true and loving father guides any of his children.
Emotions that threaten to take over as a trigger tries to make us feel defeated can not win in the long run when we have God as our coach, confidant, and ultimate ruler.
We can learn from our experiences and practice recognizing God’s voice amidst the mess and murkiness of this fallen world. We will see how he grows our capacity to see life here on Earth in a new light, rather than ducking and dodging possible nerve-racking situations, breeding more fear and feeding a spirit of control.
The Holy Spirit equips us to walk in the world with our heads held high, living in honesty and courage. He helps us to be straightforward with people instead of exaggerating the truth in order to side step false guilt. The enemy loses when we are real with ourselves and others. The tangled webs woven by small, deadly deceits become broken and cleaned up enabling us to have more confidence when heart-confrontation arises.
Breaking Through Walls of Hindrance to Live Freely & Lightly
We can live in a surrendered mode, peeling off the old nature that thrives in chaos…
…one where our people-pleasing tendencies wreak havoc in our lives and throw out huge stumbling blocks preventing us from having peace in our day to day living. I am not talking about serving whole-heartedly and giving on oneself when God leads. This is the “take over your life” kinda stuff.
When we are gripped with overwhelm rooted in whichever form, we can remember…
- We are not made up life’s stresses.
- Stress balls do not control us.
- We are no longer slaves to the world.
- Men do not control our spirits.
We do not have to roll around in false guilt to appease others or make ourselves seem more Christian, for fear our reputations may be thrown off. If we are obeying the Lord, he will mold us accordingly and we needn’t worry about how we appear. It is when we try on the old nature again after living free from it, that we get confused and experience the shame of the enemy.
If we find ourselves slipping something old back on, we don’t have to live defeated but can realize God is larger than our missteps and will forgive us and help us throw it off when we ask! Praise him that he doesn’t jump down throats but is patient and long suffering as we grow in this life.
All the things that try to keep us heavily burdened are no match for the Lord + his good plans for us:
- We are not our worse case scenarios.
- We are not our past.
- We are not what others think we are.
- We are not even what we sometimes think we are!
As we obey him with abandon, Jesus’ spirit within us becomes stronger than the flesh over time. We start walking and living in his truths more & more:
- We are valuable in God’s eyes.
- We are here for a reason.
- We do not have to conform to the world to walk in our calling.
- We can stand out without being rude.
- We can remain quiet and still have impact.
- We listen to HIS voice above the chaos and let him reset our hearts on Jesus the solid rock.
- We can be led and not driven.
- We can push pause if he leads us to, knowing HE is in control.
- We can hold tight to his plan for our lives, not what other’s say it should look like.
- We can squash false guilt by being kind + honest with people.
- We can follow after the Spirit’s leading rather than every bandwagon that hits the trending news.
Becoming Familiar With God’s Truth Helps Demolish Hindrances
Sometimes as women in ministry, faith bloggers and authors, people of big dreams, and juggling machines — we find we have to take a step back and push the refresh button on our lives. We may not think this is possible, and though it will look differently for everyone — there is a way to get regrounded when we get off track.
This very thing has happened to me in my blogging journey. I became overwhelmed by it all and almost quit (as I have done many things in my life) but I knew God did not want this for me. However, pushing pause and learning a few things helped me to gain clarity and experience and joy more than ever before.
All the points made above could not have been realized except by experiences, God’s word + his gift of faith all at work.
That’s why I created the course below and hope you will consider giving it a go if you too need help learning to let go of hindrances & anxieties that keep you from God’s best for your life (whatever that may look like). For me, the main area of stronghold was people-pleasing instead of obeying God (when it meant saying “yes” to less, which “feels” like not enough for the passionate doer).
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