Today I listened to a message that lead me further into my health issues. And I now have so much rolling around in my mind, I’m not sure that I can adequately write this in a manner to convey what I’m thinking and feeling.
What was revealed to me today is that Satan wants us to live in bondage of fear and anxiety (as I’ve mentioned in a previous post). He uses these things to keep us from living God’s will. We are instructed over and over in the bible that we are not to fear – so we know that fear is not of God.
In the message I heard, my pastor said ‘There is a difference between sickness and a spirit of sickness’. Just stop and think about that for a minute. If you haven’t had a chronic illness, this may not impact you quite as much as it has me.
This really hit home with me though. Because I have been in such bad health and hurting for so long, I had finally given in to the fact that this would be the way the rest of my life would go. I would simply have to find a way to ‘deal’ with the pain and fatigue and go on. However, as I’ve mentioned before – I DON’T WANT TO LIVE THIS WAY!
The devil can hold us in bondage mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually or even socially. We must remember that through Christ we have been set free. It’s out birthright. Our gift from God. Our Father has done His part and given us the freedom. We simply need to accept it. To stand up and refuse to live in bondage any more!
If you think about it – this can be applied to anything you are battling in life. Not just a health issue. Are you under financial bondage? Pornography? What about drugs, alcohol, cutting, anger or depression? How about negative self-talk? I used to do that a lot. I battled the inner voice telling me that I am a disappointment to God.
God will never bless fear-based decisions and therefore, we must CHOOSE to become absolutely intolerant to bondage. We must stand against the bondage that Satan tries to put on us so that God can bless us for doing His will.
Here is an example on a personal level. As many of you know, I am working not only on losing weight but mainly focusing on improved physical health by going through a detox program. I actually did pretty well in the beginning – but before long, the symptoms of my fibromyalgia got worse than ever before! I was in a very bad place. I missed work. I wanted to give up. I wanted to scrap the whole thing and go back to the way things were.
However, after much praying – God revealed to me that even though I was on the right track with the clean eating, I was listening to others instead of Him. Once I understood and decided to hang in there – I have been attacked like you wouldn’t believe. There is so much information coming at me from all sides – that it is not even possible to sort through it and know which information is correct!
But Satan has misjudged me. Tell me I can’t do something and it makes me even more determined! I am still standing against all that he is throwing my way and trusting in God alone. GOD is my anchor. He is my teacher. He is walking me through this and I will be victorious because I choose God’s will. God is leading me through this journey and I am not giving up.
Have a great week, everyone! And, choose to stand strong!