Well hello again! It’s been a while blog friends. I’m coming out of a pretty busy work season, and by coming out I mean my mind and body are DRAGGING! I’ve had the hardest time recouping now that things have slowed down. In an effort to feel more like myself, I made a list of all the things that fill me up and give me energy. Writing on this little internet space was one of the first things I wrote down. So, I’m back and doing my best to carve out a little time to make it happen.
Last week I was a part of a women’s event at church focused on discovering the things that hold us captive, and the freedom that is available to us in Jesus. I thought the content was so powerful, thought provoking, and challenging. Here are some of my notes. I think you’ll enjoy it too.
The main idea: What captivates you will hold you captive.
Whether we realize it or not we are all captivated by something. We hope that it’s Jesus, but most likely it’s our work, relationships, shopping or image control. The more our hearts and minds are held captivated by these things, the more they direct our choices and priorities. We become captive – not really living our true values.
The scary thing is, we often don’t even know we’re captive. Our choices and lifestyle become so dictated by our culture, we’re unaware of it’s alluring and harmful effects on our lives. These things look appealing and innocent at first, but each small step in their direction takes our eyes further and further off of Jesus. Then one day we wake up restless and discontent.
Restlessness is a form of crying out to God from captivity.
Are you feeling restless? There’s a good chance you’re held captive by something that isn’t given to you by God and doesn’t honor Him.
I discovered that sadly, I’m held captive by the good opinions of others. I’m continuously letting what others think dictate my choices. Often those perceived opinions become so loud in my mind they block my ability to hear truth about the situation from God. Thus, I feel incredibly restless when trying to make important decisions that will effect those around me.
The great news about our Father is that He’s full of grace. He’s already done the work – we don’t have to rescue ourselves. We just have to simply be still and obedient to His guidance. The key is, we have to make the decision each day to accept His grace and be obedient. It’s a journey of learning to receive what He has already given us. That’s all we have to do, just receive it, and He will be faithful to rescue us from our captivity.
So friends, I hope that you take a few minutes to think and pray about the things that may be holding you captive. When you surrender those things to God, He will bring your gaze back to Him. It’s there that we become captive by the only thing that really matter, our savior.