Breaking the Bondage – All In

Breaking the Bondage – All In

In my full-time job, I have been working at understanding mental illness and how to identify if someone is struggling with this. This has become so prevalent in our society, yet it has been around since the dawn of man, only coming to the forefront in the last century. One of the causes of this has been linked to stress and how we respond to the stressors in our lives. One of the key factors that helped overcome was relationships. Giving your all to God and forming strong connections with other believers can help break through the bondage of this disease.
 
“Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.
You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.”
Deuteronomy 30:15-16, 20 NLT
Even back in the OT God desire was for us to have a relationship with him. We always had a choice to make. Follow his commands and live a righteous life. In the NT Jesus provide a new way to have a relationship with God through him. He made the ultimate sacrifice creating the way for us to meet God.
But we must make the choice. We as believers keep making choices in our life. We choose to keep following or let go. We choose to be active in our faith or be lazy. We choose to share our faith or keep it to ourselves.
We are shown in the verse today that if we choose to walk in the ways of God we will prosper. I wonder how many of us are in the situations we are because we have chosen are ways over Gods ways?
I see so many hurting and lost people that are torn up inside, the ones I am thinking of are the mentally broken, they keep looking to man and medication to fix the brokenness inside, yet don’t realize that Jesus can change them from the inside. But the must make the choice to ask him.
I can’t explain why believers can choose Christ and not be freed immediately from their anguish or are hurting mentally and physically. Trials that test us can be part of the Christian walk. Maybe we endure these so we can connect with people who are lost with similar situations. Only God knows his plan.
I ask you today to firmly commit yourself to Jesus, trust his ways whatever they may be. Create bonds with other believers who when times of trouble come they can help you get through it. Wake up each morning with a desire to ask the Holy Spirit ‘What can we do together today.’
Jesus, we need to make a choice to follow you and to daily continue to follow you. Thank you for giving us the freedom to make the choice. Let us be a light to those around us who are making unwise choices. Help those who are hurting mentally, depressed and reliving memories of past hurt. Let us see the world through your eyes and remember they matter to you, so they matter to us. Strengthen my relationship with you, I want to be all in. Amen
 
 
 

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