A lockdown prohibits someone from leaving or entering a building.
But what about our mind and emotions; can they also go into lockdown mode? From personal experience, I’m shouting,YES!
Perhaps you’ve experienced this “place” too. Your spirit seems to be held in a vice and try as you may, you just can’t wriggle free.
So who, exactly, issues that lockdown order?
Why, the world we live in along with the enemy himself.
Let’s examine possible onsets of mental and emotional lockdowns:
· Cares of daily living – Jesus said . . .
But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things, come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. (Mark 4:19 NIV)
Within that perfect set-up, Satan takes opportunity to jump onboard alongside the reality of earthly stressful living, tempting us to doubt, fear, and worry.
These “cares and worries” may be about the future, present, or past. They may be over negative, dreaded things – or they may be over positive events. The point is . . . Worry is Worry. It makes no difference, the source or rationale behind it. Being consumed with CARES & WORRY stymie the soul.
· Confusion over God’s Plan – Jesus said . . .
For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
(Jeremiah 20:11 NIV)
Sometimes while waiting on the Lord (and His plans), I walk right into that proverbial wall of unmet expectations. Hitting that wall keeps me blocked from experiencing PEACE as I wait. It keeps me focused instead on the fact that these expectations I have from Him regarding His plans for my life have simply not yet been met!
Again Satan jumps onboard, filling my mind with doubts and confusion. LOCKDOWN ensues.
· Critical nature . . . – Jesus said . . .
Don’t criticize, and then you won’t be criticized. (Matthew 7:7 TLB)
And Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit writes . . .
In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing.
(Philippians 2:14 TLB)
One word regarding criticizing others and criticizing the way life is treating you – DON’T!
Cares, Confusion, and a Critical nature can certainly throw you into a stalled stated of mind, causing your heart to feel locked up.
Whatever the reason for your lockdown – Jesus is the way to fresh and energized living. One friend described her experience of bursting through her emotional/mental confinement. When LIFE tossed her into a tragic situation, here was her thinking.
I knew I had a choice. I could either CHOOSE to crawl into a corner, curling up in a fetal position . . . or I could CHOOSE to trust Jesus and keep moving.
Truth is, it all comes down to a choice. No matter what big – or not so big – trigger throws you into that paralyzed state, you determine BY CHOICE whether or not to stay there.
· Assess your lockdown. Is its source - Cares, Confusion, Critical nature, or something else?
· Choose by faith, to allow JESUS to free you.
· Pray . . . I can’t. You can. Free me,Jesus, for it’s not by my might but by Your Spirit that I’ll be freed.
And then, enjoy the movement of The Living Water!
The one who believes in Me . . . will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.
(John 7:38 HCSB)