It'd be great if everything was always obvious in life but it's not. Without question, though, something in your life is holding you back. You're not moving forward for some reason. It's possible you're not flourishing. There's so much you want to achieve but you're stuck in some way. You're being held back.
Why? What is it? It's not always obvious is it?!
It's possible you're not seeing your life in 3-D. None of us actually do. We don't fully see our strengths and our weaknesses clearly, maybe only in 1 to 2 dimensions. But, even more importantly, we don't always see the bondage that we're in. It's real, though. It's there.
Most likely, there's some part of your life that's underdeveloped or even imprisoned by hurt or lies or false beliefs. The result is bondage. You're being enslaved to something or someone that is keeping you away from experiencing the depths of God's love and freedom.
If you're in bondage to something then you're not operating within the freedom that Christ offers us through the Gospel.
So, what do you do about this problem? How do you find out what you're in bondage to?
Well, be encouraged. The Lord wants you out of bondage more than you do. So, ask Him. That's the first step. Go to the Lord and ask Him to lovingly and clearly reveal to you an area in life where you need freedom. Be specific. Be patient. Be bold in your prayers.
Second, if you're in the midst of a trial or a difficult season, ask the Lord to reveal to you not necessarily the 'why' behind the overarching meaning or reason for the hard situation but the 'why' behind why you react a certain why every time life presses in a little. Often times, our reactions to life say a lot about how we're not operating in the love and grace and freedom of the Gospel.
Finally, ask a trusted friend or family member. This is hard but it's helpful. Ask someone, who loves the Lord and is gracious and also wise, to speak into your life. Ask them where they see patterns in your life that seem to be holding you back. People know. They see it. Give them permission to share.
Freedom is yours in Christ. Go get it!
Galatians 5:1, For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
You are Loved!
(Part of the Into the Depths Series)