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Overcoming Fear & Anxiety: Life Issues

As born-again believers, peace should be our normal condition, but not everyone enjoys peace as part of their daily lives. Fear and anxiety cause many problems for a believer, two of the major ones being that fear and anxiety clutter your spirit; and can kill your dream, thus derailing your destiny. Fear is “kryptonite” to the believer.

Living in turmoil, worry, anxiety, fear and frustration is abnormal for a believer. So, what does the Bible say about fear? Is there any fear that could be considered “healthy?” Let’s examine what God’s Word says.

The Bible speaks very candidly about fear and anxiety. There are two types of fear in the Bible: the fear of the Lord and the spirit of fear.

The “fear of the Lord” is actually healthy, and encouraged. It does not necessarily mean to be “afraid” of God. Rather, it is a reverential awe of God; a respect for His power and glory. In the same way that we would respect our parents, we would respect and reverence God. The fear of the Lord is also proper respect for His wrath and anger. In other words, the fear of the Lord is a total acknowledgement of all that God is, which comes through knowing Him and all His attributes.

The fear of the Lord brings with it many blessings and benefits. For example, Psalm 111:10 says,

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”

The fear of the Lord is discussed extensively in Proverbs. Here are a few:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord [tendeth] to life:
and [he that hath it] shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.”
Proverbs 19:23

The fear of the Lord [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” Proverbs 14:27

In the fear of the Lord [is] strong confidence:
and his children shall have a place of refuge.”
Proverbs 14:26

We can see how the fear of the Lord is healthy, because it provides life, security for your children, protection from evil, confidence, and satisfaction. The fear of the Lord also births spiritual wisdom and knowledge.

The second type of fear is harmful to the believer. It is harmful because this type of fear becomes a stronghold that paralyzes the believer. Fearful thought patterns in a believer must be overcome and replaced with the confident thoughts of the Word of God– your very destiny is at stake here!

The “spirit of fear” is mentioned in 2 Timothy 1:7, which states, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” We see right from the beginning that this “spirit of fear” does not come from God, but from Satan, who wishes to steal your destiny and mine.

Anxiety is to worry about things that have not happened, and may never happen. Fear is sometimes based in emotional, soulish feelings which looks inward and finds instability. This can be overcome by gaining the right focus, which is upwards in Christ. You don’t face your fears alone – for He has promised, “I will never leave … or forsake you.” Sometimes fear is a demonic attack that comes out of nowhere. Have you ever felt a sudden attack of fear? We must make war against Satan by prayer and using the name of Jesus to cast the enemy out when this is occurring.

Now, let’s look at anxiety. Anxiety is different than fear because anxiety pulls and gnaws on your mind and soul, causing health problems and insomnia. Very often, anxiety stems from unresolved mental, emotional, and spiritual issues. An improper diet, drug use, even the use of some anti-anxiety drugs may also contribute to feelings of anxiety.

Anxiety is like a spider’s web. It is difficult to isolate one strand of the web from the rest of the web. With anxiety, it may be difficult to isolate one cause from other related factors. This illustrates the need for Christian counseling and prayer.

Harmful fear can be based in several different things. The main thing that fear is based in, which Christ took care of on the cross, is sin. When God created Adam and Eve, there was no evidence of fear in man or beast. There was perfect harmony between God and His creation, and man. When sin separates us from God we become fearful and begin to hide from God, just as Adam did.

Sometimes there are learned fears that we picked up during our childhood and adolescent years. Other times there is an accumulation of fears that we derive from our parents or peers. Fear can be based in ignorance; the less we know about something, the greater our level of fear. Fear can also be our imagination. Many of our fears are imaginary; they’re about what might happen. It’s what I call False Evidence Appearing Real.

Many of our fears come from failing to grasp our position and status in Christ. We are overloaded with guilty feelings and burdened with a poor self-image that leads to fear of failure, fear of rejection, and other qualms.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5, describes these kinds of irrational fears as spiritual strongholds through which our enemy, the devil, seeks to keep us in bondage. These fortresses of fear are established primarily in the mind, and the battle must be fought on the spiritual level.

As born-again believers, complete peace should be our normal condition. Fear and anxiety cause many problems for a believer. Having the fear of the Lord brings blessings, but the spirit of fear can derail your destiny. The cure for fear is experiencing the perfect love of Jesus Christ, which casts out all fear. If you are a fearful person, and don’t know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal savior, I have the answer for you:

First, we need to confess our sins and ask God to forgive us through Jesus Christ.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive
us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Second, we need to confess our wrong to those we have wronged. Asking forgiveness, making restitution, if appropriate, will help roll away the reproach and restore relationships.

Jesus said,

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest
that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before
the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then
come and offer thy gift.” (Matthew 5:24)

Third, receive the forgiveness for yourself.

Come now, let us reason together, saith the LORD;
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though
they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

When you are saved, you are placed into union with Jesus Christ. You are one with Him, united in His death, burial, and resurrection. You are His adopted child, placed into His forever family. You are no under condemnation. (Romans 8:1) You are completely accepted by Christ despite inconsistent behavior. (Ephesians 1:3-14) God never accuses you or berates you. (Romans 8:31-39)

 

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Overcoming Our Fears

Peace should be our normal condition, but not everyone enjoys His peace as part of their daily lives. Living in turmoil, worry, anxiety, fear and frustration is not normal for a believer. In previous articles, we’ve talked about the types fear that are godly versus satanic; causes of fear and anxiety that are rooted in the soul and spirit realms, and Biblical solutions for them.

Never allow Satan to take your peace! We must use the spiritual weapons available to us to make war against our mortal enemy. One thing important to remember when working through the stronghold of fear is to admit your fears. The simplest yet often most difficult step to overcoming our fears, whatever their nature or severity, is first admitting them.

We sometimes think we are less spiritual for letting God or others know about our fears. That concern is not a biblical one, for many of the greatest men and women of the Scriptures were gripped by various sorts of fears and did not hide them from God.

When God called Moses in the wilderness to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses made one excuse after another due to his many fears. (Exodus 4) Many of the Psalms were penned by the trembling hand of David, who lived in the shadows of fear for many years while on the run from Saul. Notice David’s response to fear in Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid…

David admitted his fear. He did not conceal his worry before God. Isn’t it futile to conceal our true feelings before an omniscient God anyway? Be honest! God will never condemn you or berate you. (Romans 8:1) He understands your fears and sympathizes with your weaknesses. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

The key to dealing with your fears is a fixed focus of faith on the Person of Jesus Christ. Fear and faith cannot operate simultaneously. Faith does not operate on feelings, but fear feeds and thrives on feelings. Fear looks inward and finds instability. Faith looks toward God and finds an anchor for the soul.

In 2 Chronicles 20, Jerusalem is surrounded by several mighty armies. A great victory is eventually won as God routes the enemy, but not before waves of fear have swept through King Jehoshaphat and his people.

According to 2 Chronicles 20:3, Jehoshaphat “…was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord.” His prayer revealed his focus:

“…For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on Thee.”

2 Chronicles 10:12

Turning our focus to Christ and His power rather than concentrating on the sources of our fears is the first step to gaining a fixed focus of faith. The all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present God is your God through personal faith in Christ’s forgiveness of sin. You have an inseparable relationship with the living, true God who promises never to fail or forsake you.

God helps you, cares for you, sustains you, and undergirds you every step of the way. He will never relax His grip on you. You can rest in His sufficiency to overcome your fears.The heavenly Father tells us repeatedly to fear not. He understands our frail, human nature and commits Himself to take care of us and help us.

The only fear in the Bible that is positive is the “fear of the Lord” This means reverent respect for God and daily obedience to His Word. When you truly fear God – reverence His greatness, power, and majesty – other fears will pass away. The battle is not yours anyway – the battle is His.

God is in control of your life. That means He is sovereign, ruling over all. He knows your past, present and future. Turn your focus to Jesus Christ – He will never let you down.

Meditate on these verses and commit them to memory. They will help you keep your focus on Christ and remind you of His conquering power. God wants you to trust Him and not be afraid.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
When evil doers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.”
Psalm 27:1-3 (NASB)

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil,
for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
You dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
Thou hast anointed by head with oil; My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and loving-kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalm 23:4-7 (NASB)
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30 (NASB)

Fear stifles our capacity to think clearly and rationally, thus affecting our behavior. It leads to indecision. We are afraid to make decisions for ourselves or others. Such indecision creates constant anxiety. Fear doesn’t help us anticipate what may happen, but diminishes our capacity to achieve. We stop trying to accomplish certain goals due to our fears. Fear can cause panic. We suffer from anxiety attacks and other debilitating emotional upsets. Fear fosters torment. Fear damages our relationships with others. We are afraid to be around other people, or what they might think.

Beginning in the Book of Genesis and continuing throughout the Book of Revelations, God tells us to “FEAR NOT.” God tell us not to be afraid of being alone, not to be afraid of being too weak, not to be afraid of not being heard, and not to be afraid for our physical necessities.

These “fear not” admonishments continue throughout the Bible covering many different aspects of the “spirit of fear.” These “fear not” are dependent upon our ability to put our trust and faith in the Lord.

The key to overcoming fear is total and complete trust in God. Complete trust in God is a refusal to give in to fear. It is a turning to God even in the darkest times and trusting in God to make things right. This trust comes from knowing God and knowing that He is a good God who only wants to give His children good things. It is as Job said when he was experiencing some of the most difficult trials recorded in the Bible, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him (Job 13:1;5)

Once you have learned to put your trust in God, you will no longer be afraid of the things that come against you. You will be like the psalmist and, you can be set free from fear, even the most irrational kinds that keep you from enjoying life, and experience a supernatural Christian life full of peace that Jesus gave to us to enjoy.

 

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The Place of Vulnerability

Human beings were created for fulfilling relationships with each other and with God. Relationships can greatly influence many aspects of our lives – even our destiny. Relationships are the currency of the kingdom. I want to go deeper into how relationships can create wrongful control of our soul that become ungodly. I am going to show you how to receive deliverance from ungodly relationships through Jesus Christ.

When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb;
but Rachal was barren.

So Leah conceived and bore a son and she called his name Reuben;
for she said ‘The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now, therefore, my husband will love me.’

Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said ‘Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also, and she called his name Simeon.’

She conceived again and bore a son and said ‘Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have bore him three sons.’ Therefore, his name was called Levi.

And she conceived again and bore a son and said ‘Now, I will praise the Lord.’ Therefore, she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.”

Genesis 29:31-35 (NKJV)

Life is relational. We are created for connection. A “soul-tie” is a cleaving together of two souls. It is a relationship whereby two souls are “joined” or “knitted together,” and in a sense become as one.

Leah is the older daughter of Laban, who deceitfully gave her in marriage to Jacob. Jacob was supposed to receive her younger sister Rachal for working for Laban for 7 years. Jacob loved Rachal so much that the 7 years passed like a day. But on the morning after the wedding, Jacob awoke to Leah.

Jacob does not value Leah, his wife. Laban does not value Leah, his daughter. This is a familiar story to every woman who feels she isn’t enough to her husband; every son who was told they were an accident by their parents; every brother or sister who found themselves at the lonely end of family dinners.

Three lines into our recollection of this story we can already trace the start of the sick cycle beginning in Leah’s life. Often times, the problems we live out as adults are formed from our childhood years.

Leah has a father who does not value or validate her. He judges her by the wrong standards – her outward beauty rather than her internal value. He uses her like a pawn, manipulating her for his own personal gain.

Why does Leah want Jacob’s love so bad? It is because she is chasing the love she did not receive from her own father.

It is a familiar story.

Her relentless desire to please and capture the affection of Jacob is an extension and projection of her broken relationship with Daddy. She wants what she didn’t get as a child.

When people are asked, “Why do you want to be close to another human being?” the answer is often one of three things:

  1. So I wont be lonely.

  2. So I wont feel unlovable.

  3. So I wont feel afraid.

Many times the idols to which we find ourselves clinging are an indicator of the types of feelings we are running away from. In other words, the human soul says, “I don’t want to feel as an adult what I have felt as a child”.

Many people say, “I want an intimate relationship to fix my childhood lack”. This, unfortunately, does not work. Relationships were meant to complement, not complete you. Relationships were meant to enhance, not fix you. Only Jesus Christ can fix you. Only He has what you need. Only He can touch and heal what is broken inside.

Regardless of whether we are male or female, I am sure that many of us can identify with Leah. We know that deep desire that just can’t seem to be filled that extends from rejection or an injury to our soul that we barely understand.

This is the place of vulnerability for an “ungodly soul tie” to be formed.

When we consider the few things we know about Leah’s life, we can clearly see a demonic pattern of devaluation in Leah’s life. Often times, the problems we live out as adults are formed from our childhood years.

Leah has a father who does not value or validate her. As we said before, he uses her like a pawn, manipulating her for his own personal gain. The point of vulnerability for Leah is right where she has been wounded. Many of us have the same vulnerability or weakness because of being wounded. Do you see any patterns when you step back and reflect on your life? Where would your place of vulnerability be? Stay with us as we talk about how ungodly soul-ties form and how to be delivered from them once and for all, in the mighty name of Jesus.

 

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Christ The Reality

Human beings were created for fulfilling relationships with each other and with God. Relationships can greatly influence many aspects of our lives – even our destiny. Relationships are the currency of the kingdom. I want to go deeper into how relationships can create wrongful control of our soul that become ungodly. I am going to show you how to receive deliverance from ungodly relationships through Jesus Christ.

When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb;
but Rachal was barren.

So Leah conceived and bore a son and she called his name Reuben;
for she said ‘The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now, therefore, my husband will love me.’

Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said ‘Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also, and she called his name Simeon.’

She conceived again and bore a son and said ‘Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have bore him three sons.’ Therefore, his name was called Levi.

And she conceived again and bore a son and said ‘Now, I will praise the Lord.’ Therefore, she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.”

Genesis 29:31-35 (NKJV)

Life is relational. We are created for connection. A “soul-tie” is a cleaving together of two souls. It is a relationship whereby two souls are “joined” or “knitted together,” and in a sense become as one. We talked about Leah’s point of vulnerability being that her father did not value her, but used her for his own personal gain. Her father deceived Jacob into marrying her, when the agreement was for Jacob to marry Leah. Leah finds herself roped into a relationship where again, she was not valued, appreciated or desired. This is Leah’s point of vulnerability and what left her ripe for idolatry.

For the struggle to cease and cycles to be broken, it is vital to recall the inconsistent messages of your childhood. God intended the spirit-man to have dominion and to rule over the natural or carnal man. The dysfunctional soul is carnal. The Word refers to carnality as everything in man that is NOT under the control or dominion of the Holy Spirit, via your own yielded spirit.

To change your life, you must change the message! In order to change the message playing in your unconscious mind like a bad tape, you must be aware of what its saying.

The knowledge of how your current patterns were formed will help give you the tools to release you from self-critical indictments that create sick cycles and soul-ties that are ungodly. Here are some of the major messages (false labels) that a child is sent while living in a dysfunctional family:

  1. I love you, go away.’

Sometimes the parent was warm and loving, at other times they were hostile and rejecting. There was no consistency, and no predicting which “side” of the parent you were going to see. This is especially common in children of alcoholics.

This pattern, if experienced in your youth, is what may lead you to be attracted to a person who is loving and warming one moment, then hostile and rejecting the next. You play your childhood over again because the only consistency you know is inconsistency.

  1. You can’t do anything right, but I need you.”

You could never meet the standards of perfection created for you no matter how hard you tried. You were expected to be an adult, but you were treated as less than a child. Your parent relied on you for things they should have asked for from another adult or God Himself, or they gave you inappropriate levels of power or responsibility for your age.

This gave you inappropriate ideas of cause and effect. You truly believed that everything that went wrong was your fault, yet you knew you were needed by the very one you felt inadequate towards. You felt significant role reversal – as if you were the parent, and they were the child.

Because of this, you struggle now with inappropriate feelings of guilt. You struggle to “fix” things even when they are not broken. You may find yourself drawn to partners who are extremely dependent and highly critical. You may be drawn to those who repeatedly put you down, although you know they cannot get along without you.

  1. I’ll be there for you, next time. I give you my word.”

You learn how not to want so that you do not get disappointed. This can cause you to be tired and resentful, feeling as though you carry everything important in the relationship. Your fear of asking for something and not getting it is as unsettling as your fear of asking and actually receiving it.

The first fear of not getting reinforces that you are unworthy. The second fear is so unfamiliar you actually don’t know how to react. Even a simple compliment makes you uncomfortable. You will only be happy with the fantasy of a hero who already knows how to please you without you communicating.

These were only a few of the major messages (false labels) that a child is sent while living in a dysfunctional family. The danger of these messages is that these messages create myths in a child’s mind, instead of a solid foundation of truths.

The myths then lead a person to relationships that are unfulfilling. These myths lead from the Fruits of the Spirit to the fears of the enemy. Worst of all, these myths lead to the altar of idols.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 14:6 KJV

When Jesus spoke of Himself as “the truth,” the Greek word used here literally means “reality.”

He was saying, I am the REALITY. His WORD (which He is) is the REALITY.

Your first objective is to take a good hard look at these myths and then get REALITY!

The Bible clearly says, “When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb.” It was God that saw her heart breaking. It was God that heard her cries. It was God that saw her wounded and weak. God is the one that opened Leah’s womb, not Jacob.

Winning Jacobs love will always be an area of vulnerability for her. She will always carry that struggle, but can she confront her Jacob? The Bible says, “And she conceived again and bore a son and she said “Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah and left bearing.”

Judah means praise. You cannot praise or honor God for what he has given you until you have been weaned from the idols of your past! You must tear down your idols and worship the One True God who has opened your womb to produce fruit!

Say this prayer with me now:

Father God, I come to you now with repentance on my lips and in my heart. Please turn my heart away from any idols in my life and turn it towards you. You are the fountain from which all blessings flow and I will praise you, Elohim, as long as I shall live. You are the one true God. You are my deliverer and the opener of my womb. You have healed my barrenness by revealing your Son and your Spirit without which I would be lost in darkness. I pray against any attack of the enemy on my mind. May the works of satan in my life be destroyed by fire. Seal any crack or crevice that gives the enemy entrance to my mind, will or emotions. Use my hands to glorify you and destroy the works of the enemy through your Son, Jesus Christ. Remove anything and anyone from my life that does not align with your divine will for my life and my destiny in you. Grant me the discernment to identify and remove idols from my life. I praise you and thank you for my deliverance. I will glorify you all the days of my life. In the name of Yeshua. Amen.”

 

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A Connection That Ties

In the past, we have examined how to develop and experience healthy, authentic relationships. We discussed that we build “God and good relationships” on the cornerstone foundation of God’s love. After all, 1 John 3:13,14 states, “The person who does not love is spiritually dead.”

Human beings were created for fulfilling relationships with each other and with God. Relationships can greatly influence many aspects of our lives – even our destiny. Relationships are the currency of the kingdom. Today, I want to introduce how relationships can create wrongful control of our soul that become ungodly and how to receive deliverance through Jesus Christ.

When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb;
but Rachal was barren.

So Leah conceived and bore a son and she called his name Reuben;
for she said ‘The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now, therefore, my husband will love me.’

Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said ‘Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also, and she called his name Simeon.’

She conceived again and bore a son and said ‘Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have bore him three sons.’ Therefore, his name was called Levi.

And she conceived again and bore a son and said ‘Now, I will praise the Lord.’ Therefore, she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.”

Genesis 29:31-35 (NKJV)

Life is relational. We are created for connection. A “soul-tie” is a cleaving together of two souls. It is a relationship whereby two souls are “joined” or “knitted together,” and in a sense become as one.

The word “tie” is defined as: “to attach, bind, fasten, a bond of kinship or affection, as to unite in marriage.”

A soul tie connects you to another person, but there is always a cost. Sometimes the “cost” of being “tied” or “connected” to that person is that you forsake all others, as in marriage. When a man marries a woman, he is connected to her for life, and forsakes all others.

Soul-ties exist because God wanted close godly bonds between His people. They were intended for man’s best interest as part of the design of God; to provide a healthy, nurturing two-way flow of love.

Soul ties are not just between husband and wife, or relegated to marriage only. See what the scriptures say about Jonathan and David’s friendship:

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”

1 Samuel 18:1

Jonathan and David were like brothers after this point. This relationship was a key part of David’s fulfilling his destiny as king. David needed time in the palace to be around King Saul and understand how a king does certain things. David could never have gotten as close to King Saul if it were not for his strong friendship with Jonathan. Jonathan’s care for David meant that Jonathan did not view David as a rival for the throne, but instead loved David as he loved himself. God ordained a special friendship for David in the midst of the most confusing and exciting times of his life.

The word “tie” also carries another connotation: “to restrain from independence or freedom of action or choice; to constrain as if by authority, influence, agreement or obligation.”

The enemy comes to corrupt and pervert that which God designed as pure in order to steer those bound together by “his yoke” into greater darkness and disorder. If the enemy can “tie” you to the wrong person, he can derail your destiny and alter your life forever.

All human soul-ties must be counterbalanced by a love for Jesus. Leah, had a soul tie that became an “idol” in her life. She kept producing something good, but she did it for wrong reasons.

In modern times, we think of idols as statues Greek goddesses or little men with round bellies. However, that is not what defines an idol.

An idol is the thing you worship. It is the thing you yield your strength to.

I understand that most of us do not have shrines in our homes or places of work. That does not eliminate the possibility that many of us have idols.

Do you realize that you can worship someone or something simply by paying too much attention to it? A person can be an idol in your life if you spend that life trying to impress them rather than the God you serve. By allowing someone’s opinion to determine your value, or allowing their perception to validate you, you are opening the door to living for someone else rather than God. It is an idol!

God declares in Exodus 20:3-5

You shall have no other gods before Me…. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.”

You can do a right thing in a wrong way, like Leah did. Leah birthed child after child, thinking it would win her the affections of her husband. Living life this way kept her doing the same thing over and over again for a while. She was doing the right thing for the wrong reason. At this point in time, Leah wasn’t focused on the fact that God had opened her womb. She just said, “Now my husband will love me. Now my husband will be attached to me.”

In the same way, doing the right things for the wrong reason will always leave you empty and going back for what you will never be satisfied with. Like in the life of Leah, you may birth blessings that you don’t fully enjoy, because you are doing a right thing for a wrong reason.

That is, until you confront the sick cycle that is occurring. At a certain point, after she had given birth to Judah, Leah surrendered all of her striving and all of her fighting, and said, “Now I will praise the Lord.” Finally, Leah had peace about her situation.

We know her situation wasn’t the best. They didn’t have electricity, deodorant or running water back then. Life was harder and full of a lot of work. In addition, Leah was the unloved daughter who grew up to be the despised wife. She grew up in her beautiful sister’s shadow, only to be married off to live in the same. She would have become an old maid, but her own Daddy tricked someone into marrying her. So Leah is hungry and aching to know what it feels like to be loved and desired, and has been for a long, long time.

Why does Leah want Jacob’s love so bad? Where there is a wound, there is vulnerability, or a “chink” in the armor. Vulnerability can be an entrance to the enemy to create idols and ungodly soul-ties in your life. Why do I do the things I do?

By examining Leah’s life, God will liberate you from your own form of vulnerabilities and from your false gods. In the past, we have examined how to develop and experience healthy, authentic relationships. We discussed that we build “God and good relationships” on the cornerstone foundation of God’s love. After all, 1 John 3:13, 14 states, “The person who does not love is spiritually dead.” We’re going to go further now into the unseen area of the soul.

Human beings were created for fulfilling relationships with each other and with God. The wrong relationships can gain control over our soul that becomes sick and ungodly.

Any time Satan wants to derail your destiny, you can bet that he will send a person to “tie” you to whom will take you in the wrong direction. Soul-ties were originally intended to provide a healthy, nurturing two-way flow of love. If that has happened to you or to anyone you know, stay with us this month – because we’re going to learn how to receive deliverance through Jesus Christ.

 

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