I have learned recently that I have spent most of my life building and hiding behind defenses, which gave me an illusion of control.
When we hide behind self-built defenses, we may have a sense that we are in control. We tell ourselves that we’re holding our feelings under control. But in reality we are not in control at all…our problems are at the wheel… We’ve pushed away the people who really care about us, the ones who could help us.
And we’ve allowed our problem, our situation, to take control. It’s the proverbial “slippery slope.” This is exactly where Satan wants us. His lie…these “self-protective” defenses are really self-destructive, both acutely and chronically.
Only when we allow the defensive walls to crumble, and start living and choosing and acting on the basis of who we are in Christ…and on all the strength and guidance and wisdom God has promised and will provide…can we begin to practice true self-control.
Because of Christ…
You are redeemed; paid for at a great price. (Ephesians 1:7) You are forgiven; your sin as far as condemnation has been forgotten. (Psalm 103:12) You are strong and capable; and can do everything through Christ. (Philippians 4:13) You are a conqueror: an overcomer. (Romans 8:37)
Today, examine your areas of stress. Do you let circumstances or your feelings control you? Do your defenses, your coping mechanisms, help you or do they just act as knee-jerk bridges to the next stressor. Build your defenses on Biblical principles to not just escape the stressor, but to shine and be strengthened by it. Know yourself and be seen as God sees you…The Bible makes it clear.
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Dear Father God, Help me to stop hiding behind my self-built, self destructive defenses. Help me to see myself as You do because of Christ; redeemed, forgiven, strong, capable, an overcomer. Help me to always remember what a great price was paid at the cross so that I could have this new identity. I pray this and all prayers through the One who You sent to give me my new identity, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
In everything we have won more than a victory because of Christ who loves us.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.