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According to the many dictionaries Choke Hold means “a restraining hold around someone's neck.” Ill be applying this expression to the physical, as well as the spiritual CHOKE HOLD in which Satan employs folk to maintain Gods folk enslaved.  

     It yet amazing me, when I'm talking with my friends and they candidly say an expression such as this one, the lights in my mind immediately turn on. One of my friends said to me.  “Susie the enemy (Satan) will place a CHOKE HOLD on you in those relationships, and your barely able to escape.” As soon as she said it, I started reflecting on my own relationships. Thank you Jesus! For if it hadn't not been for the Lord on my side, Satan would still be enticing my flesh to allow unhealthy- relationships to imprison me with his deceptive CHOKE HOLD.    

     Did you know if your in a relationship with someone that is minus God, minus respect for you, and minus loyalty for you, they are stealing the very life that God intended for you to have. Did you know, CHOKE HOLD relationships scam us, lie to us, and deceive us into believing its not a CHOKE HOLD? Sadly, we even have the audacity to blind-fold our own eyes, and pretend that the CHOKE HOLD of our identity, destiny, and lifestyle is in the CHOKE HOLD. When in fact its a masked thief of enslavement. “A thief is only there to steal and kill destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” (John 10:10. The Message).  

     I'm very much aware that sometimes, we just ignorantly give folk authority to CHOKE HOLD us. By that I mean we come into agreement with folk, because of fear, inadequacy, self-perception, rejection, desperation, and the list could go and on. But even then God is with us. “Don't panic. I'm with you. There's no need to fear for I'm your God. I'll give you strength. Ill help you. Ill hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. Count on it: Everyone who had it in for you will end up out in the cold- real losers.” (Isaiah 41:10-11). Lets read this again. Do you see what happens when we have God on our side, every CHOKE HOLD that's trying to destroy us will eventually become to naught. Hallelujah! I can testify to it, everyone in my life that had a CHOKE HOLD on me became naught to me.

     My friends, even though Satan is active on our path, and relentlessly suggesting thoughts to us, as well as others we are yet responsible for the CHOKE HOLDS we succumb to. I know too well, how hard it is to digest our responsibility for how folk treat us. However being responsible grants God access to defeat all the CHOKE HOLDS in our life.

     Be reminded, even when God sets us free from the CHOKE HOLDS of this life, Satan will still yet, arrive on our path (from time to time) to try and enslave us again. Sometimes its through subtly manipulation, other times its masked, but its still the same old CHOKE HOLDS. That is why it is so important that we be heavily guarded with this armor Apostle Paul is talking about. This armor allows us stand up against every evil Satan tries to enslave us with.           

     I have no idea where I would be today, if I hadn't cried out  “God help me!” All while helping myself to all the tools he'd personally granted to all those that cry out to him. Most defiantly for sure, I would still yet, be as the many are allowing everyone, and everything to CHOKE HOLD me. “Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feel. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”(Ephesians 6:13-18).        

     This brings to mind, a CHOKE HOLD (engulfed with sin, and many emotions ) in which I “willing” committed to about seven years ago. This CHOKE HOLD was so terrible that it almost destroyed my faith in God, my character (which was being muddied all over town), my finances (which were on total shut down). Sadly I endured the exasperation of this CHOKE HOLD for three or four years afterwards. In hindsight, I could see God right in the midst advising me to run, and never look back. Indeed he gave me many, many open doors to remove the CHOKE HOLD, but I willing stayed for my “own” ignorant and foolish reasons.     

     That CHOKE HOLD had me so enslaved that I couldn't think straight (so to speak). And I only cared about what family, and friends would think of me, as well as how the financial aspects of it would appear before the world. Sadly, I never even considered how stressed, sadden, and miserable I was, or all the signs of God speaking all around me. Someone once told me the ego has one job kill your spirit, while trying to live for evil. How true is that!

     Please get this, all CHOKE HOLDS will be exposed before the world to see. No matter how much we lie, pretend, cover up, mask, and  blame folk, and Satan for the CHOKE HOLDS it is still our responsibility to be a willing vessel for God to remove the CHOKE HOLDS that are hindering us from our freedom in him. “We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. ” (2 Corinthians 10:6).         

     Sadly, some of us have stayed far too long in CHOKE HOLDS, and they have now become a way of life. I beg of you, to please take a pause for a moment, and allow God to minister to your Spirit. He cares so much for you, and he desperately wants you to be free from every CHOKE HOLD that is holding your freedom.  Ask yourself this simple question What's in my life right now that has a CHOKE HOLD on me?" Be reminded, we complicate freedom with sin, freedom in God isn't complicated!

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