Imprisoned Hearts

Emotional walls become a prison of our own making. We are called to freedom in Christ. He came to set the captives free. That’s a gift for everyone. Those who choose His gift enter into an abundant life. Those who don’t? They remain captive to the prince of the power of the air, who works diligently to keep them bound in sin.

John 15:16 sets the record straight. It says, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” Truly, what do we lack? 2 Peter 1:3 says, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him…”

We lack because we do not know the Lord intimately and His provision for us. James 1:1-5 was written about our trials. Verse 5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him.” Open ended offer. I smile as I type this. Colossians 2:3 says, “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Ah, the key is walking in the fear of the Lord. Psalm 34:9-10 says, “Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him…those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”

Psalm 25:14 Amplified says, “The secret (of the sweet, satisfying companionship) of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His  covenant and reveal to them its (deep, inner) meaning.” We can camp right here. We enter into all that the Lord has for us through our intimate communion with Him.

Emotional walls barricade our hearts. They become a garrison that we hide behind. Though they are a figment of our imagination, they were built in deception to keep us believing that they work. 2 Timothy 2:26 says that the enemy uses them to keep us captive to do his will. He hates God and will do everything possible to keep us from truly entering in. Enter into what? Experiential knowledge through our life-giving relationship with the Lover of our soul.

I accepted the Lord when I was eleven. I was thirty years old when I fell into the ravine. It was during my bedridden years that He wooed me. He looked through my walls and drew me to Himself in a way I had never experienced Him before. It was all His doing. All I did was respond. He brought me out to bring me into an intimacy that still sustains me.

Our chains don’t stop His love, Our walls don’t keep Him out. We are the ones who wall off our hearts. Though this is speaking to the Corinthians, hear these words from the Lord to you about your walls. 2 Corinthians 6:17 says, “…Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you…”

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