“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
“who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us,” 2 Cor. 1:10
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36
Three simple words. Three powerful words. One simple message. One awesome God. Whose Holy Spirit who dwells inside His followers spoke to me boldly one morning as I felt a yucky burden weighing me down.
“Don’t get stuck,” Christ’s Spirit spoke to my heart.
That’s not all He said. Here it is in a nutshell. He essentially said I was allowing the enemy to get me stuck so I couldn’t move forward with my writing for Jesus. Once I stopped in my tracks, I could see clearly what was happening.
The enemy was trying to get me distracted, to get me doing stuff I didn’t need to be doing, to get me exhausted, and to get me to start working on something that most assuredly would get me irritated, resentful, bitter, and even angry. The Lord delivered me from it all and showed me the truth and gave me this message.
Notice the devil’s tactics. He wanted to get me stuck both in my actions and in my heart. In my actions, I was distracted and soon exhausted. In my heart, I was on my way to being angry and prideful and all the rest of it. The perfect ingredients for a stuck Jesus follower. Unable to carry on in the Lord’s work. Unable to press on in my day. Unable to move forward following my precious Jesus.
The answer? I needed to repent. So repent I did. Not a simple, “Sorry God, forgive me.” But a true turn. Away from what I had allowed the devil to tempt me to do and feel and think. Back to God. Back to His Word. Back to the day and tasks for the Lord at hand.
That awful weight I felt was in fact my stuckness. No, I don’t presume stuckness to be a word. But it’s exactly how I felt. Weighed down in my stuckness. Until God set me free. Reminding me to repent and return to Him and His will.
Feeling stuck? Is there anything you’re doing, feeling, or thinking that is displeasing to God? That you have allowed the devil to lure you into? Hope this message helps. Repent and return to the Lord. Get free from the stuckness. And press on with the Lord. In the Lord. Through the Lord. For the Lord. Following Him forth, AMEN!