I kept seeing these questions, who am I doing this for? Why am I not moving when it’s been clear what to do? What’s holding you back? People will ALWAYS have an opinion whether we like it or not. People won’t ALWAYS support your dreams and visions. People bondage, this is something I’ve struggled with and this past week I was tested! So, when God is telling us to move why don’t we? The verse “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul” (Matthew 16:26), kept replaying in my head. We have one life and we shouldn’t be living it to please others, live in fear, or place limits on who God called us to be.
So, people bondage what is that? Well, I assume you know who people are, so what is bondage? Bondage, the state of being a slave. It’s when you’re mentally imprisoned to the opinions of others. Maybe for you its people you may know or people you don’t know either way, it’s not healthy or how God wants us to live. People bondage can hinder you from speaking up, making new friends, constantly comparing yourself or even devaluing yourself for others. You want to please everyone (which isn’t possible) or maybe you’re used to people always “liking” you, so you’re afraid to step out and have the possibility of those same people having negative opinions about you. Growing up people have always naturally gravitated to me and making friends was never an issue for me. When beginning to start this blog I couldn’t help but think what if people don’t like me but mostly my content, that would suck. For me, that was scary because it was uncomfortable, and it forced me to be “different”. God ALWAYS calls us out our comfort zone and we prefer to be comfortable, right? However, He doesn’t do this because He’s evil but because He sees something greater in us that we can’t see! Recall Psalms 139: 13-14 “For you created my innermost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb”, He created you! so he knows you better than you know yourself.
This past week I just wanted to blend in. I felt the thoughts and visions that were placed in my head were “too different” and I didn’t feel like being different. For a moment I didn’t want what God called me to do. I didn’t want to write, I didn’t want to walk up to a random person and say God loves you. I didn’t want to assume other peoples opinions or actually hear them, so I retracted because I was uncomfortable. But God is funny if you didn’t know! Later that week I heard a sermon where he stated, doesn’t matter your age or where you’re God called you! I also saw a post that said, “One of the worst things about life isn’t aging, its growing older with regret because you chose to live in bondage to other people’s opinion”. After all that I eventually got moving and had to renew my mind DAILY (which you should do daily anyway, but I wasn’t). I also mediated on Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”.
Don’t shrink yourself. Don’t allow people to keep you bound. Don’t allow you to keep you bound. We are not called to be of this world! Weren’t called to be anyone else but who God created us to be. Sometimes what God calls us to do isn’t popular, most of the time it’s not lol. However, trust that whatever it is He is with you through it. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). God will always catch us no matter what so don’t be fearful; be bold and step out on faith. I believe God has a calling on my life bigger than I could imagine and I believe he has one for you too! Test will come once you choose to let go of people bondage. You may fail the first time and retract like I did and decide to shrink yourself, but I promise you won’t feel good after that choice. However, you will pass the next test or the next or the next, lol. You will realize, Am I going to please God or please people of this world. I challenge you today and every day on to free yourself from the bondage of others and step out on faith. There are people God wants YOU to reach, so free yourself of this stronghold and be obedient to the Father.
God loves you more than you know
I love you and remember you’re Chosen, Bianca Brown