It is no fun living in bondage. As a believer that has lived under bondage for far too long let me encourage you to take your fears to the cross and ask Christ for wisdom in what the truth is that has you bound.
With the help of my counselor I did that today and learned a lie that I had been believing for far too long. The enemy knew my past, something I had hidden much of from myself as a means to cope, and was using it to keep me in bondage.
Today for the first time in decades of therapy I was strong enough to look at some very difficult things. It’s not that I hadn’t had inklings that these things had happened but with no memory I doubted myself. The Lord very graciously brought these things back to memory for me today and with that truth came freedom.
I finally became aware of the lie I had been believing the majority of my life, “If I was pretty, men would hurt me.” I have been the victim of multiple rapes starting at the age of 10. But until today, I only had suspicions of them and no actual memories. God is His goodness knew two things today. One that I was now strong enough to handle the truth and two that I needed to know the truth for real healing to happen. I feel finally as though a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. The self-doubt, questions, confusion is all gone now that I know the truth.
No I would prefer that this had not happened to me but knowing it, explains so many things in my life. Why as soon as I start getting thin and getting compliments on how pretty I look I turn to food in an attempt to alter my appearance. Since I believed the lie, “If I’m pretty, men would hurt me.” I did what I could to make myself unattractive. Yet another part of me wanted to feel and look pretty because I equated it with love. Definitely not the right kind of love.
When I had blossomed to 350 pounds I hated myself and the very sight of me. I avoided mirrors and the scale. I didn’t want to know the truth of how bad it had gotten. The things that I wanted to do to myself are too horrible to mention. Suffice it to say I was miserable. Now 98 pounds lighter I’m learning to love myself. I’m still not satisfied with my weight but I am hopeful with todays revelation I will stop sabotaging myself on my journey to a healthy weight.
Isn’t this picture true we are the elephant with God’s help big enough to escape the bounds of these chains and these chains are the enemy and all his lies tricking us into thinking that we are stuck in our bondage.
This is the biggest revelation God has given me about how the truth truly does set you free. I’ve been in bondage to food and I feel it grip released on me. I praise God for that. I know that it is nothing of my own it is totally from Him and the gift of showing me the truth of my life.
My part was to be willing and open to His guidance. Isn’t that all He asks of us on a daily basis? After this revelation my fear has gone and I’m more willing to trust Him and His will for my life, wherever that takes me.
My hope for you is that you didn’t have to go through the same things I have. But I also hope that you will learn to be open to God’s guidance and free from fear. I also pray that you learn the blessed truth of how the truth really does set you free. So don’t be fooled like the elephant be the triumphant child of God that you are!
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