When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth….(Mk 9:20).
Don’t be surprised if your life gets much harder when you start pursuing your freedom. In fact, you should expect it. It’s not because God wants to make things harder on you. It’s that the enemy doesn’t want you to be free, so he’ll throw every flaming dart he can think of to try and keep you from your true freedom.
I know this to be true because I experienced it first hand. When I opened up about some deep pain and struggles in my life and started pursuing my freedom, it was like everything in my life started to crumble. All of my fears were pressed and I had one choice to make. Either cave to those fears and retreat or keep pressing forward, knowing that what I was walking into would bring me great pain.
There’s always purpose within the pain we walk through. People who avoid pain, will never quite find the purpose for which they were created. They’ll hunker down, creating a safe environment for themselves, but this is only a false reality that they live in because they’re trying to somehow keep themselves from what they fear the most.
Maybe, they started pursuing freedom and the enemy started pressing in and so they gave up. I can understand why, because I wanted to give up too when I was walking through my own dark and painful season.
Don’t believe the lie that says things will always be this way and don’t give up on pursuing your freedom. God will bless you for your faithfulness if you do not give up. I’ve experienced that first hand too.
Lord, give us the grace to keep moving forward in Jesus name. Yes, life is hard, but you are so good. Yes, the enemy doesn’t want us to be free, but you give us the grace we need, each day to keep moving forward with you. Capture our hearts we pray, in Jesus name, Amen