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Nov 05
2015

What is holding you back: breaking through the barriers? By James Blackburn

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How many mornings have you gotten out of bed and felt, drained, tired, questioned why and how you were going to make it through the day?  Do you feel a void in your life that you cannot fill?  Do you ever wonder what your purpose is?  Do you feel angry and slighted because something is not going the way that you think it should?  Do you feel alone, forgotten or abandoned?

Chances are that you do. Some of you more often than others and some perhaps due to situations.  Perhaps you have forgotten the “truth”.

More likely than not you are fighting a stronghold in your life that has either not been addressed or you won’t let go of.  If you are then you will have also noticed that you begin to obsess about them and then they take control of your whole presence.  This unfortunately contradicts everything that we believe as Christians.  One could argue that we as “Christians” should not have to deal with such things however; we also know that once you start to believe the “lie” that Satan is using your weakness to his full advantage.

What are some strongholds that we have in our lives?

  1. Addiction -  Your life becomes a slave to it..  Drugs, sex, pornography, money, work.. Etc. 
  2. Guilt -  The life we had, how we were raised, Christian or not, identifying oneself based on who they were and where they came from.
  3. Fear -  Irrational thought that something is out of your control
  4. Anger -  Emotional state that leads to……
  5. Disobedience -  Not doing what one knows to be right, listening to God and or doing what you are called to do
  6. Unbelief -  Not believing in the holy trinity
  7. Pride -  Believing that you are better than or right in situations

 

Before we look at what is holding us back let’s look at some truths!

  1.  We are all perfectly made in God’s Image -  Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
  2. God is truth -  John 8:32
  3. God has a plan -  Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
  4. Nothing is possible without faith – Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

 

Let’s focus on three of the above:  (it is also important to recognize that many of the barriers overlap each other and are intertwined with each other)

  1. Guilt (based on our past)Definition:  something that is gone in time and no longer exists.

Why is our guilt such a barrier in our lives and how does it prevent us from moving forward? 

One of the biggest reasons our guilt becomes a barrier is because we do not fully believe that it is gone.  We would like to believe that but we find ourselves saying the following.

  1.  I am who am because of the way I was raised
  2. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
  3. I don’t deserve anything different
  4. I am not worthy enough
  5. My sin is worse than yours

First of all let me say that your past does not define who you are.  You define who you are and if you have truly accepted who you are in Christ then nothing from your past can define who you are.  The only thing it does is defines where you came from.  If you begin to believe the lie that is being told to you and allow it to take hold in your heart then you become a slave to the past and discredit Gods will for you.  The devil will use your thoughts against you because he gives it life when you allow it to continue.  It can actually cripple you. Not one of us is immune from this.  However we have been given the power to put that fire out with the gift that God gave us with his son.  We were forgiven for everything we have done and will do.  It was paid for on the Cross.  So why do we not always believe that?  Because we allow the devil to give it life.  Now what are some ways that we see this manifest itself in our lives?

  •  We become depressed
  • We turn to substances
  • We use self-deprecating behavior (im and idiot, I can’t do anything right)
  • Avoidance (dealing with it or people) (nothing is wrong, people annoy me, I don’t want anyone to know im messed up)
  • We let it define us (I am a loser, I am no good, its just who I am)
  • Attention seeking behavior (poor me look how horrible my life is)
  • The list goes on and on.  There are just too many ways that our past can define us or manifest itself to address them all.

Proverbs 3:5-6   “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

John 8:32  “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

  1. Pride:  Having a high sense of one’s own worth; believing that you are better than other people

When you begin to believe that you are better than someone else, or that you can do it better than someone else you have broken yourself through this type of thinking.  You are who you are because you were given abilities from God.  When you think that “your way is the only way” you have disgraced the gift God gave you and need to correct that behavior. 

How do we see pride manifest itself in our lives?

  •  You are critical of other people often
  • You do not participate in things because “it’s not your job”
  • You make other people do things because you have better things to do
  • No one knows more than you
  • You are argumentative
  • You are always right
  • Your opinion is the only one that matters

Often times when we suffer from Pride it is due to an inflated ego.  Remember there is always going to be someone who knows more than you and can do something better than you.  That is just how it is.  However when you get stuck in that way of thinking you have a serious character flaw.  God will address your pride and I would dare say it is better to recognize that issue and address it than to let God do it for you.  Proverbs 16:18  “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Pride can begin to isolate you from people, it can create conflict in your job, it can also prevent you from being and doing what God has called you to do one of which is being a servant of the Lord.  (Serving the lord verse)

  1. Anger:  Definition:  A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure or hostility.

There is nothing Christian about anger.  It is an emotion that we all have experienced or dealt with at some point.  That being said, having anger can actually be a crippling affliction especially when it comes to doing the will of God.  Anger is usually the result of some action that you believe is a direct offense to you.  Accepting things for what they are and not what you think they should be can alleviate some of those feelings of anger.  The unfortunate thing is that we are still sinners and will find ourselves in moments of weakness where we will be angered by people, or situations in our lives, but it is up to you to recognize that and keep it from becoming such. 

How does anger manifest itself in our lives?

  •  Situations
  • People
  • Fear

            One assumption that we can make about anger is that it always the result of and action or situation either involving another person or ourselves. 

            Ecclesiastes 7:9  “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”

            Psalm 103-8  “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”

            James 1:20  “for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

The long and the short of it is this.  All of these issue stem from a lack of Faith and believing what God has called you to do and that nothing is impossible for God.

Luke 1:37  “For nothing is impossible with God.”

And… Satan uses these barriers

            He finds your weakness and digs his heals in and if you let him take hold he uses them against you. Because of the fall in the garden.  Once you recognize and accept this, you can move forward with the following.

  • Seek council
  • Read your bible
  • Get a mentor

I pray that if there is someone reading this who does not know God, that they will accept him as their Lord and savior and they confess their sins so they can start on the road to becoming what God has called them to be

I also pray that the strongholds in the lives of people are broken.  Satan you have no power on them because the battle has already been fought and you lost.  You have no hold on these people or their lives.  Our God is a mighty God and he will provide for us all.


 
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