10.26.2012

Disentangling From The Octopus-Part 1 {Faith Life Preservers Day 26}

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I have been considering the things that have held me back or caused me to stumble in my own Christian walk. Ironically, I recognize as perhaps you do that some of my biggest mistakes and falls have also been times of growth and deep dependence on God.
But, there are things that continue to cause us to stumble in our walk as we go on and although He does bring beauty from ashes, I figured I would share a little of what came to my mind as I sought God about the topic.

My mind envisioned an Octopus whose tentacles, each one, 
represented something that holds back the living 
swimmingly and victoriously in His grace and truth. 

 Why do we always imagine that this Christian life is supposed to resemble Disneyland? Maybe that is just me. I came into my Christianity and quite honestly, in retrospect, I believed God was like my own personal vending machine to the good life. You know, I thought my stars had lined up: I had the God, the guy, the life- what next, Lord? Give me more.
 My expectations were so naive. So superficial. In a word: infantile. 

I got more. 
In the shape of extrication. 
Exit the guy, the life and the more. 
What?
Life with God was going to start with less, it seemed.
 I remember the birthing of the new life brought painful loss.
And learning the words, "Not my will, but yours."
This can't be said at all until we lay our own lives at the foot of the 
Cross and ask to be taught.
I wondered, "How does this crazy Kingdom work, Lord?"
 It made no sense to me!

We are misguided to assume that knowing a God who is a Consuming Fire is something that is small.
He is a God who consumes us with His love and burns away that which is not useful to our eternal person-hood. He is a God to be reckoned with and to be feared. He is also the giver of limitless grace for those who are willing to trust Him in the flames and  for those who trust their lives to the flames of adversity as they come...and those fires do come, friends. 

But all of the flames of testing and fire of adversity are in the hands of the One who is ultimately in control.
He is the Consuming Fire and Only True Living God.

Back to the Octopus. 
The Octopus has tentacles reaching long and strong from your past to the present.
Some of the tentacles are things you did, or didn't do, could or could have done, failures, circumstances, strongholds and fears. 
The Octopus wants to consume you but your Life Preserver is found in the fact that each of these tentacles can be dealt with by grace through faith in the One God whose love consumes you.

He lives to disentangle you from the present danger and deliver 
you into a place of safety, truth and peace.

Here are the tentacles I believe hold back
 and cause stumbling in believers.

The Octopus has 8 tentacles so I considered these 8 in my own life:

1. Negative Thinking and Self Talk
2. Self-Sufficiency 
3. Past Mistakes
4. Fear of Rejection/Failure
5. Discouragement/Depression
6. Critical/Abusive People
7. Self-Defeating Behaviors and Choices
8. Places That Bring You Down

Tomorrow, I will share a few thoughts on each of these
and a verse to consider for disentangling from that appendage.

See you then?




31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012


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7 comments:

  1. No edits necessary (at least none that I, who has consumed perhaps more DayQuil than necessary today, can find). This is Absolutely Glorious. Goes right to the heart, my love. Standing with you on this one, Dawn!

    See you then? you ask -- You betcha!!!!


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  2. This is a great start to this series...I'm glad I waited until today to read the first one, since you have already written the next two and I can continue without waiting. Great post...so true. Thank you for being so open and honest.

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  3. That picture goes so perfectly with your post! This was such a great post! "He is a God who consumes us with His love and burns away that which is not useful to our eternal person-hood." Love this!! I share some of the same "tentacles." Thanks for sharing, have a blessed day!!

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  4. I wait for the follow-up posts with bated breath.

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  5. I just came from the weekend blog hop at mommyonlyhas2hands.org. Great post. Sure gave me something to think about :)

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  6. This is amazing...I had a vision of an octopus last week...I wasn't sure what God wanted me to know about it...now I see he was giving you the insight for me to read...I'm heading over to day 2 and 3!

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