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Raging from Within

Recently a reader; who shall remain nameless, sent me a request for help in what they called “their struggle to believe God”. The brokenness they felt every time they tried to trust His Biblical Truths seemed to become overwhelming… in fact they said that it felt like their heart was “raging from within”. I want to thank the “reader” for their honest transparency, because I do not believe they are alone in this struggle. The desire to know what steps to take toward freedom is a huge leap in the right direction! We all must learn and understand these spiritual principles, if we are to grow in faith as Christ’s disciples.

What most people do not understand is that they need to be free from Demonic Strongholds!

Immediately, you might draw back and feel shocked at this statement. You may even say, “I am not lead by the devil!” Let me first tell you that this issue is a spiritual battle and there is no way to be free from our past unless we admit that the past might still have a hold on our life. We will never be free from old ways except by faith in the wisdom of God and agreement with the Word of God. The Holy Spirit will watch over God’s Word and make it powerful and effective in judging the intents of our heart (Heb 4:12)… if we are willing to receive.

The value of spiritual weapons… (2 Cor. 10:3-6).

“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for the pulling down of spiritual strongholds, arguments and human reasoning that war against the Truth and the knowledge of Christ.”

I want to define a stronghold for you… it is a house made of thoughts.

This house made of thoughts is built upon a foundation of lies and deceptions that rule us emotionally, because we have had experiences that overwhelm our ability to believe the Truth. We cannot identify with what we have no ability to believe. What happens is that we make “emotional Covenants”… agreement with Darkness. Covenant agreement is a powerful spiritual force that either works for us or against us. Repentance and forgiveness are the beginning of freedom and all it requires is confession of our sin, but freedom costs us our emotional safety net. Remind yourself that this safety is fear based and not safe at all… its actually a deception. We must surrender our behavior in order to be free (John 8:30-36). Sinful behaviors are connected to the “orphan heart” that wants to be loved and embraced. What happens is that we often confuse legitimate needs with illegitimate behavior (Rom. 1:18-25).

We must do several things to break free.

  • 1st Renounce the Emotional Covenants with Darkness… confess the sin and begin to destroy the yoke associated with the thinking and feeling that sin brings. Isaiah 10:27 says the anointing breaks yokes around our neck… claim that strength for yourself and destroy the yoke.
  • 2nd Ask the Holy Spirit to begin to reveal to you what it is that this sin feeds in your heart. You will be able to hear in your heart immediately when you ask… God will answer and you will know. I find it helps to write a simple paragraph to God asking Him to reveal where your heart was broken and why. You might even want to ask Him where He was in the midst of your pain. You may need to go back into your heart and examine trauma or painful experiences that have caused you to make bitter judgments toward others, your parents or God. Quickly forgive them and the burden will lift, guilt and shame will leave quickly. That is where the Covenant was given its attachment to your heart. That is the easy part.
  • 3rd You must exchange the lies for the Truth of God and begin to identify areas where you are being “fathered” by emotional pain rather than God. Your Father loves you and has always been available to you. His thoughts toward you are all good (Psalm 139:17-18)(Jeremiah 29:11).

You may find many broken places where lies are hiding in your life… expose them and make them come into obedience to the Word of God. Take authority over shame and tell yourself what God has said about you… lies will bow a knee to Truth as you stand firm in Christ!

The Search for God

When the Apostle Paul arrived in Athens, a city full of idolatry, he found opportunities to teach them about the One True God. Paul revealed to this region an unfortunate truth… that God was, “an Unknown God” (Acts 17:23). His announcement was clearly that God does not want to be unknown to us or any of His creation. This is why He knit into our being the desire to seek after Him. Our greatest quest is to find God… to know Him as Creator and Our Source of Life! Paul explains this to those in Athens:

“He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:26-27).

God’s Desire:

God wants us to seek for Him, but we all must realize that He is not far away. We can seek after God in whatever way we wish, but there are ways that make our search more effective and will not leave us frustrated and unsatisfied. Let me explain through a story about King David. When David planned to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem, the ark was placed on a new ox-driven cart to be transported. During the journey the oxen hit a bump and Uzzah placed his hand on the ark to steady it. When he touched the ark God struck him dead (2 Samuel 6:3-8). You might ask… why? They were doing something that was good (returning the ark) in a way that seemed to them to be effective (on an ox-driven cart). Uzzah’s attempt to steady the ark would have been a natural reflex.

Why was God upset?

It was because God had given a way for the ark to be handled and David hurried in without knowledge of God’s desired pattern. David’s plan side-stepped the will of God, who he really wanted to honor. Notice, David corrects his mistaken actions with sober obedience, “No one may carry the ark of God, but the Levites, for the Lord has chosen them to carry the ark of God and to minister before Him forever” (1 Chron 15:2). Then he calls for the Levites to sanctify themselves and make preparation to carry out their duty in accordance with God’s plan. He says, “…because you did not do it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order” (1 Chron 15:13). Having the best of intentions were irrelevant and actually lead to the death of David’s friend. The way in which David initially chose to move the ark violated God’s ordinance.

Instruction and Patterns:

Even though this happened in the Old Testament, the point is the same for us… we must seek God according to His instructions, rather than according to the way that seems best to us.

When we consider our position as “a seeker” it doesn’t really matter if we are a novice or a well trained disciple of Christ, we must always humble ourselves and seek Him with an open and yielded heart.Drawing near to God in an appropriate way always gets His attention and response. God gives grace to the humble and lifts them up (Jm 4:6, 10). Jesus said, “…seek and you will find” (Mt 7:7). Paul even said that everything he had found in life up to the time of gaining knowledge of Christ, he considered as “rubbish” just to gain Christ and be found in Him… “that I might know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil 3:10).

The Real Goal:

Jesus reminds us that the Father’s delight is to give us the Holy Spirit (Lk. 11:9-13). Remind yourself in your search for God, that the goal is to host the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16)(Eph. 2:19-22). To make Him feel welcome in your life, means you will need to yield yourself to His preferences. There are some wonderful depths of peace and joy to be found, when a person seeks God in a way that pleases Him. God’s pleasure is what makes us effective seekers.

Effective Seekers

When the Apostle Paul arrived in Athens, a city full of idolatry, he found opportunities to teach them about the One True God. Paul revealed to this region an unfortunate truth… that God was, “an Unknown God” (Acts 17:23). His announcement was clearly that God does not want to be unknown to us or any of His creation. This is why He knit into our being the desire to seek after Him. Our greatest quest is to find God… to know Him as Creator and Our Source of Life! Paul explains this to those in Athens:

“He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:26-27).

God’s Desire:

God wants us to seek for Him, but we all must realize that He is not far away. We can seek after God in whatever way we wish, but there are ways that make our search more effective and will not leave us frustrated and unsatisfied. Let me explain through a story about David. When David planned to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem, the ark was placed on a new ox-driven cart to be transported. During the journey the oxen hit a bump and Uzzah placed his hand on the ark to steady it. When he touched the ark God struck him dead (2 Samuel 6:3-8). You might ask… why? They were doing something that was good (returning the ark) in a way that seemed to them to be effective (on an ox-driven cart). Uzzah’s attempt to steady the ark would have been a natural reflex.

Why was God upset?

It was because God had given a way for the ark to be handled and David hurried in without knowledge of God’s desired pattern. David’s plan side-stepped the will of God, who he really wanted to honor. Notice, David corrects his mistaken actions with sober obedience, “No one may carry the ark of God, but the Levites, for the Lord has chosen them to carry the ark of God and to minister before Him forever” (1 Chron 15:2). Then he calls for the Levites to sanctify themselves and make preparation to carry out their duty in accordance with God’s plan. He says, “…because you did not do it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order” (1 Chron 15:13). Having the best of intentions were irrelevant and actually lead to the death of David’s friend. The way in which David initially chose to move the ark violated God’s ordinance.

Instruction and Patterns:

Even though this happened in the Old Testament, the point is the same for us… we must seek God according to His instructions, rather than according to the way that seems best to us.

 When we consider our position as “a seeker” it doesn’t really matter if we are a novice or a well trained disciple of Christ, we must always humble ourselves and seek Him with an open and yielded heart.

Drawing near to God in an appropriate way always gets His attention and response. God gives grace to the humble and lifts them up (Jm 4:6, 10). Jesus said, “…seek and you will find” (Mt 7:7). Paul even said that everything he had found in life up to the time of gaining knowledge of Christ, he considered as “rubbish” just to gain Christ and be found in Him… “that I might know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil 3:10).

The Real Goal:

Jesus reminds us that the Father’s delight is to give us the Holy Spirit (Lk. 11:9-13). Remind yourself in your seeking that the goal is to host the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16)(Eph. 2:19-22). To make Him feel welcome and valued in your life, family and relationships; means you will need to yield yourself to His preferences. There are some powerful expressions and depths of complete satisfaction when a person seeks God in a way that pleases Him. God’s pleasure is what makes us effective seekers.

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