Author's Note: Much is influencing us these days; our culture, our government, friends, family, but, what about the influence of God on our lives? Shouldn't He be influencing everything? Even the most mundane activities should be under His influence. So, my question for you is R U Influenced? Please consider my thoughts on His influence for this month...
Just yesterday morning (May 2, 2009), I read it in the front page of newspaper again…there is another killer among us.
This time, an Al Queda wanna-be shot two young soldiers outside an U.S. Army recruiting station somewhere in Arkansas. One dead. One wounded. This most recent murderous act reminds me of the useless killing at Virginia Tech University a couple years ago. Thinking about that tragic day at V-Tech, I cannot imagine the horror of each university student as he, or she, perhaps crouching in a corner, or huddling under a desk, heard the killer walking down the hallway approaching their hiding place madly firing his weapons. They had no choice but to wait…to wait for the killer. They were trapped.
Though most people will never be trapped by a gun-slinging madman, many people are trapped in one-way or another.
Are you trapped?
Are you trapped by things like; self-doubt, circumstance, inner-emptiness, addiction or even sin? People try all sorts of things in an attempt to free themselves from their ensnarement. They may search out empty-relationship after empty-relationship looking for freedom. They may seek freedom through a bottle of drink or pills. They may believe financial security will be their savior. Or, they choose to place their trust in their own physical strength but find that one day they grow old and feeble. In the end, they find it is all very futile and there really is no freedom. Sure, they can suppress the problem, but they never find the autonomy they so desire.
You cannot live your best while trapped. You can be liberated.
The good news is that there is hope and God understands our need for freedom. In fact, the Bible is full of the stories of men and women and their attempts to escape the things that trap them. The truth is that if we are trapped by fear, with God’s help, we can confront our fear. If we are trapped by our past, we can experience God’s healing and start over. If we are trapped by addiction, with God’s help, it can be broken. If we are trapped by our sin, we can experience freedom through God’s Grace.
Feeling trapped? Contact me. Lets talk. I can pray with you and direct you to some great professional faith-based counselors. Here is my contact information –
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