I just now went to read the word for this next devotional, and while I was looking up “heart”
in the Greek and Hebrew, something occured to me.
Have a heart, and have courage.
lebab: seat of courage
So, right away the Cowardly Lion from Wizard Of Oz, comes to mind.
” Lions, and Tigers, and Bears..Oh my!”
Beth Moore wrote out a blog asking siestas to write out answers to these questions, she is revising her life-changing study, ” Breaking Free”; as she felt a pull on her heart that there was more to be said.
1) What one thing threatens you most with bondage? Try to be specific. If your answer is intimate in nature, then use code language. I’ll get what you’re trying to say.
2) What is your biggest obstacle to living freely and fully in Christ? (Please don’t give the answer you think you’re supposed to give. Really share what you think holds you back.)
The one thing that seemed to be repeated over and over on Beth’s blog today was; the bondage of ” Fear”.
I love the scene where the Lion, the Scarecrow, Tinman, Dorothy and Toto, are all there face to face with the Wizard of Oz.
They go frightened, and feel unworthy of being in his presence, they shake in FEAR.
But where does that fear come from?
I think so many times we fear God in the wrong way, yes, this verse here is true…
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
God is not this fire and brimstone being that we would come face to face in fear of.
I mean yes, we will meet Him with fear, but a fear in respect and love; not the kind that makes us feel awful about ourselves.
I also believe fear exists when we are angry with God.
My boyfriend lost his brother 10 yrs ago in a 8-story fall.
I know he is angry with God, but I think at the same time, He is very afraid.
He holds back, because he doesn’t know what to fight for. (What side)
I have a friend who I know believes in God, but is so wrapped up in religion and ” regulation, rather then relationship”, that she doesn’t know who God really is. At least she doesn’t know how wonderful is love is, and how much joy her life could have.
We put God is a box, but decorate the outside all pretty.
Religion is just like race, we let it define us, instead of being defined as a follower of Christ.
We give ourselves unfair labels daily. And our own set of directions; as if we know how to control how we think and feel.
Somethingelse I caught on reading the blog comments.
Breaking free, means really breaking the labels we give ourselves.
I know I am not perfect at this, I do have low self-esteem at times, but like I heard James Robinson say once, ” I am a loser without God.” So therefore, I can write this in confidence that God knows how to get it done.
We let those labels define us, therefore from there, we show others that is how we should be defined.
We teach people how to treat us, by what we let them see.
One of the most awesome things about being a Christian, is we are less opt to calling ” Entertainment Weekly” about each other when we do something out of character. We stand together, instead of apart.
We don’t let wordly gossip show us the truth. Because there is no truth in gossip, if you get my point!
I loved that in the ” Breaking Free” post Beth Moore wrote; that she wanted to comments to be anonymous.
Besides the fact it was needed to be, because of the freedom to share on her dvd…it did so much more than that.
I wrote my own struggles out, and you know what, because it was anonymous, I hardly recognized it was me:) I think that was okay:)
We were all writing our heart out, but without memory of who was writing what, without saying something like, ” Oh, that’s Samantha, she is that girl with this issue or that issue, or that’s Janie, she is that troubled woman with so and so mental illness…or this is Megan who was abused as a child. Etc. “
We had no labels, and without labels that is where healing can take place.
Only God needs to know anyway.