ARE YOU HOLDING BACK ON GOD?
Oftentimes, our journeys have brought us through trials that have resulted in painful memories that we don’t want any part of. We have been through so much that we decide to hold back on God. When we have been hurt, we put up a wall to avoid being hurt again. When we have been criticized for something, we decide not to attempt it again. When we have been used, we decide not to give in order to keep from being used again.
This is a very unhealthy way for anyone to live. We mistreat others for what someone else has done in the past. They don’t deserve it and neither does God. Yes, we must live and learn, but we cannot base all of our present and future experiences on the things of the past. The enemy’s job is to stop you and to stop the plan of God. The only way he can succeed in your life is if you let him. As long as he can keep you living in the past, you will never move forward. That is why we have to be like Paul in Philippians 3:13 forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.
Our Walls Need To Come Down! As our way to protect ourselves, we have unknowingly created strongholds in our life. We make statements like this:
- “I will never let another person get that close to me.”
- “I will never trust any man.”
- “I won’t get up and minister ever again.”
We make these covenants with ourselves and do everything possible to live by them. All of these statements become strongholds in our lives, which are fortresses meant to keep people out. But if we are the keeper of our soul and the protector of our life, we don’t need God. 2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) It is time to get free from all of these walls we have put up. They must come down in order to be free. Confess your fears to God.Confess your disappointments and your let downs and in return ask him to be your keeper and comforter as you move forward. You may not trust people, but trust God!
As long as you live, there will be people who mean you no good. But don’t you stop living because of them. Luke 6:28-29 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. Nowhere does it say to hold back on what God is doing in your life. We desire growth and blessings but when the going gets tough the tough shuts down on God. One of the biggest let downs is when you have stepped out on faith in ministry and someone tries to tear you down, guess what….. they didn’t call you, God did. You still have to get up and do what God says whether they agree with you or not.
Why would you let man have that much control in your life? Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? Let them talk, let them laugh. At the end of the day, you have to answer to God. It is time to pick up your broken pieces and start moving in God again. Find a healthy church where you can grow and learn how to walk in the greatness God is calling you to. If the Pastor is a Bully, that is not a healthy environment to be in, but that is a totally different subject called “Spiritual Abuse” We may have to talk about that one day.
Don’t let anything separate you from the love of God or the plans he has for your life. Bad times will come, but so will good. Cruel people will rise up, but so will God. Romans 8:37 says Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. It is time to be who God has called you to be. He deserves all you can give him. Start to trust him and live again. Don’t hold back on God! Give him your all. I pray that this encourages you to get up from this place of do nothing. Please share and I welcome your comments. Have a blessed week!