Friday, January 12, 2007

Breaking Your Bonds

Whether your weakness is overeating, substance addiction or simply well-worn patterns of poor personal maintenance, you are in bondage and unable to lead the life God intended for you until these things are dealt with. God has an awesome plan for you, but it requires you to learn the power you have as His child and begin exercising it. You can break out of old patterns that are destructive and start living the new and exciting life of freedom that God has for you. This is a terrific responsibility, and some people fear it. We may instead prefer the ease of our familiar bonds. A prisoner who feels safe in his cell may stay in it, even when we fling open the door to his freedom.

I have discovered that only one thing is more frightening than change, and that is the thought of never changing.

Genuine and permanent change concerning the truth about why we are not taking care of ourselves may require some deep soul-searching, and not everyone is willing to do that. Only the truth sets us free (John 8:32) but truth is not always easy to face.

In fact, facing the truth about ourselves is one of the bravest things we can ever do.

Soul-searching, facing truth, and making necessary changes will be unbearable, so long as you try to "bear" it yourself. The bonds are too strong, and the powers arrayed against you too formidable. Only God is strong enough to lift that burden.

"But they that wait up on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." ~Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)

~Joyce Meyer

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