Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shut The Door



I want you to imagine for a moment that you are walking through a door. Now turn around and shut and lock it. Turn back and look up. This is your life, what's in front of you. The past is forever locked behind the door and there is no going back to unlock it and relive it. It is finished.

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I did something this past Sunday at a church we were visiting that I do not normally do. I went down for an altar call. I do not like everyone staring at me and wondering why I'm walking the aisles, so I usually stay quietly put in my seat and wait for it to be over.

But this was no ordinary service.

The preacher immediately walked up to the stage and started crying. I could tell this service was going to be emotion-filled, and curiously wondered what he was going to say next.

The preacher went on to say he had an entirely different sermon planned. But God woke him at 5 am and told him to scratch it and speak on shutting the door to our pasts so that we can fully live in our anointing and be who we are called to be in Christ.

He said he knew there were people there today that needed to know they have been set free from their sins, their past, their mistakes, their losses. There were people there that needed to know it was ok to be unstuck and move forward.

God had a message for us on living differently despite what our friends and family may say or think. And He wants us to be free. 

The pastor called those that were ready to stop living life their way, those that wanted to confess, those that wanted to recommit, those that heavy burdens and needed a clear discernment from the Lord to come down and he was going to pray for each one.

I'm not sure what got into me. But I knew I had to go down, I needed the words he was going to pray to be for me too.

I scooted myself down the aisle at the horror of each of my family members, questioning eyes staring at me and whispering as I passed, "Where are you going?"and I  quietly told them to MOVE.

(In my house I am the spiritual leader and sometimes I really question myself and worry about whether I am doing enough or doing it right. Being the leader is scary because if I fail to train them up in the way they should go, I'm going to take the blame one day when I stand face to face with God.)

Not only did I need to go down for my own reasons, but I felt strongly that they needed to see me go down.

I'm not sure why. But does the why really matter when God tells us to do something?

Brave is hard, but living safe, well, that's just not living.(<===Click To Tweet)

Sometimes we really do get too caught up in what others will think if we are Jesus freaks but have no trouble acting like a fool at a football game.

"Sinners cannot quench the Holy Spirit, but believers can." Mike Wright, Pastor of Gateway Community Church

This past Sunday morning, God showed me that every day we choose to leave the door open to sin we quench the spirit. Each time we decide we are not enough or strong enough to face our losses and walk in the freedom of Christ that we have been given, we quench the spirit.

The anointing will break the yoke of oppression, depression, and mourning. Jesus and Jesus alone will set the captives free.
Luke 4: 18, "The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.He has sent Me
to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind,to set free the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."
Don't quench the spirit. Don't live in a spirit of poverty. We have anointing in us to do more than we could ever hope or imagine. The world says we can't, but no, we can!





We don't have to let our pasts and mistakes, hold us back anymore. We are forgiven and washed clean and made completely new and whole in Christ. Dear friend, let us stopping holding onto what could have been or should have been.

We are right where God wants us to be and He will use it all for His good. We're never too far gone.

God knew I needed to be set free from my insecurities as a leader, from sin that keeps me stuck, and to be reminded that He has set me free to live boldly.

Today, let's shut the door for good, and walk into our future.

Are you ready? Me too.


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Linking with: #TellHisStory, ThreeWordWed, Winsome Wed, Thought-Provoking Thurs

32 comments :

  1. Yes - I just finished working through Breaking Free. Everyone's journey is different. What is necessary and brave for one person will look completely different for another. But God wants us all to come to freedom with him. I love your honest, brave words today. And I'm glad you linked up at Three Word Wednesday.

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  2. Too often I let circumstances cause me to live in a spirit if poverty, acting like an orphan because I doubt His care and love for me. Time to live in His freedom and truth daily.

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  3. I so needed to read this today. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  4. Awesome story! I can't wait to listen to the message. I am currently in training with the Unbound ministry (heartofthefather.com) to learn their model of healing & deliverance prayers. Your post really resonates with me and with what they teach. Forgiveness and repentance of whatever is in our past are two keys to freedom in Christ! I found your page through Winsome Wednesday's blog hop.

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  5. Stopping by from Three Words Wednesday. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Alecia...this was so beautiful. And truth giving, setting free, wonderful!! God has recently in the last month spoken this to me and it was great to have another reminder. Bless your sweet heart! Thanks!

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  7. Hi Alecia, such wise words. We have to walk down that isle in obedience because to do so has the greatest impact. Your bravery has touched someone and that someone has been thinking all week, you sewed seeds, God will water them. Great post friend
    God bless
    Tracy

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  8. I think what we often forget is that God ALREADY shut the door on our past. Closed it as far as the East is from the West. And we keep trying to pry it back open. But I love the Scripture you shared and how the ABUNDANCE lives on THIS side of the closed door. So glad I stopped by from Three Word Wednesday, and I look forward to reading more from you in this community.

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  9. That's right, as far as the East is from the West, if only we could always keep that visual distance in our minds.
    I'm glad you stopped by as well, it's always good to meet new faces! I'll be popping over to your place shortly!

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  10. Oh friend, this is such a powerful message. And I want to hug you for being brave and going up for alter call. Because so yes to this >>> "Brave is hard, but living safe, well, that's just not living." Great post!! xoxo

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  11. I'm honored God used these words to speak to you. That is always my hope when writing. God bless, Sheila!

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  12. Hi De! I look forward to checking out 'Heart of the Father.' I love when God speaks the same across the board, you really know He wants to get His message across when this happens.

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  13. Hi, Dianna! I'm so glad God let you by here today and that this message was for you.

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  14. I'm excited you are carrying on the torch for Three Word Wed. I think I have read Breaking Free, I've read up a lot on Freedom in Christ, I guess it's a hang up of mine. :)

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  15. Hey Beth!! So good to see your beautiful smiling face over here. I will collect on that hug one day, muah!

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  16. tears, I will read this again. I can relate with all of it.

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  17. I, not unlike you, don't like to draw attention to myself so responding to an altar call is not always easy. Yet when God says move He always has a reason. It's like the act of leaving our comfort zone cements the work He is doing in our heart at that moment. Good words here today!

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  18. Thank you, Alecia. I appreciated your honesty here, and the pastor's heartfelt story too.

    Jennifer Dougan
    www.jenniferdougan.com

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  19. Alecia, thank you soooo much for sharing this! I struggle with depression myself. I really appreciate your honesty! God bless! #BloggerCareGroup

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  20. You found me on Instagram and I'm SO happy & glad that you did!!!! :) I've been meaning to check your blog for awhile, but haven't until now!! I love this message!! AMEN SISTA'! :) Yeah, cannot care about if others see us as a Jesus freak or true believer. We gotta SHINE ON in and for HIM!! Especially, when we have our little ones to mold and set an example for. I agree!! I don't care if people think I'm strange for loving and believing in Jesus and His Word so much, I live for Him, not them. So nice to "meet" ya! Happy Thanksgiving ;)

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  21. What a powerful message, Alecia! I am so thankful that we are not who we were, that we are not our mistakes, that we can move forward in freedom!
    Blessings and good for you for obeying his moving in your heart.
    #bloggercaregroup

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  22. Wow! I love this! It is so easy to let our past not just influence but totally control our present and our future. This is a great reminder that we don't have to live there. We can choose differently.

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  23. more seems to never be enough does it? thank you for this post. I pray that it encourages so many!


    @spreadingJOY
    Marie

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  24. Alecia,
    I'm so proud of you for following the Spirit's leading to go down even though it was hard...I've been thinking and praying about freedom a lot the past 2 1/2 months so your words resonated with me. Thank you :)

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  25. Hi Alecia. I am also the spiritual leader in my family. It's extremely difficult but I keep trying and trying and trying to train them up right (my kids AND my husband). The rest is in God's hands.

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  26. Thanks for sharing this powerful post, Alecia! So many wonderful truths to let soak into our spirits! God bless.

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  27. I am glad you chose to listen to the Lord and got out of your seat and not remain. It behooves each of us to move when the Spirit of the Lord says so. It is not only for our benefit but for the benefit of others.


    I thank you for pointing out how we must, basically, let the past be the past and live in the now and look toward our future. #bloggercaregroup

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