Today is (CHOKE HOLD THURSDAY.)
Everyone of us clearly knows what this means. Just in case, according to the many dictionaries Choke Hold means “a restraining hold around someones neck.” Allow me to apply it to our physical as well as our spiritual life. It yet amazing me when I'm talking with my friends, and a expression from them turns on the lights of my mind. One of my friends said “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 employing folk to imprison me with his deceptive CHOKE HOLD.
As I was writing this blog, this scripture unfolded before me “ A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep running the race marked out for us.” ( Hebrews 12:1). Allow me to paraphrase, "folk are observing us everywhere we go, so lets forcefully remove every CHOKE HOLD that grips our very life. Let us aggressively denounce any CHOKE HOLD that is trying to hold onto us. Lets keep running so all that try to CHOKE HOLD us can take notice that we are running after a prize that Jesus has set before us." Lets ponder this one.
My friends even though our enemy Satan is active on our path, and relentlessly suggest thoughts to folk to do his evils, we are yet responsible for the CHOKE HOLDS we succumb to. I know its hard to digest that were responsible for how folk treat us, but this is what redemption is. Jesus went to cross to liberally grant us access to resist, and defeat all the CHOKE HOLDS of this life. I know we ignorantly give folk authority to CHOKE HOLD us, but even then God is with us. “Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. All your angry enemies lie there, confused and humiliated. Anyone who opposes you will die and come to nothing.” (Isaiah 41:10-11). Lets read this again. I love it... Do you see what happens when we have God on our side, every CHOKE HOLD that's trying to destroy us will eventually die. Hallelujah! I can testify to it, everyone and everything in my life that had a CHOKE HOLD on me died. Not literally! What I mean is, it's no longer in my life, its dead to me. Nevertheless the enemy still arrives in my path trying to manipulate, and mask the same CHOKE HOLDS. Still yet, I have to be heavily be guarded by staying in communication with God, reading his word constantly, because when I don't I get myself into another CHOKE HOLD. Real talk...
Seriously, I have no idea where I would be today, if I hadn't cried out Jesus help me! I was allowing everyone, and everything to CHOKE HOLD me, and when I rose up against the CHOKE HOLD Satan would then employ folk to manipulate me into another form of CHOKE HOLD. My friends I was truly one of those people that would endure the CHOKE HOLD almost until death. Little did I know then that the ego (flesh)-enemy (Satan) was trying to CHOKE HOLD the grand purpose of my life on this earth. Think about it, if I was still engrossed in my many sins "I had many" rest assure, God would not be able to use me the way He does. I don't even have to think about what God wants me to deliver to his people, it just unfolds before me. I truly want what God wants “freedom from all the CHOKE HOLDS in this life.”
I was just thinking about a CHOKE HOLD decision I made many years ago, engulfed with many emotions. I can reflect now on the many times God was speaking to me, telling me to let it go, walk away from it, cut your losses now. Indeed he gave me many, many open doors to remove the CHOKE HOLD, sadly I endured the exasperation of this CHOKE HOLD for many more years. My faith in God was almost destroyed, my character was being muddied all over town, and my finances were on total shut down. All because my pride was involved in the CHOKE HOLD, yes my pride which is ego (flesh) minus God. I (ego) was more concerned about what my family would say, what my friends would say, the financial aspects of it, and the list goes on. Guess what, I never even considered what God was saying, even though I could hear him. He wanted desperately to free me from that CHOKE HOLD, but I (ego) entailed with the enemy (Satan) would rather kill me, then allow my spirit to kill the pride in me. Someone once told me the ego has one job kill your spirit while trying to live for evil. How true is that!
My friends there is no room for blame when we understand the innate freedom that we have to control what we succumb to. Please my friends remember all CHOKE HOLDS will be exposed before the world to see. No matter how much we lie, pretend, cover up, and mask the CHOKE HOLDS. No matter how much we blame folk and Satan for the CHOKE HOLDS its still our responsibility to remove the CHOKE HOLDS. No matter how long we remain in the CHOKE HOLDS, they'll still be CHOKE HOLDS. Someone of us have stayed far too long, and these CHOKE HOLDS have become a way of life. You know, especially the CHOKE HOLD relationships that's drain the very life from us. These are the very CHOKE HOLDS that repeatedly 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 is our security. You know allowing folk to CHOKE HOLD our identity, our destiny, and our lifestyle. When in fact there is no security in this world. Indeed this is one of the biggest deception of them all. “People will be saying that everything is peaceful and safe. Then suddenly they will be destroyed. It will happen like birth pains coming on pregnant woman. None of the people will escape.” (Thessalonians 5:3). Ask yourself how could there be security in a world that CHOKES the very life out of its own.
Food For Hunger; Whatever your doing right now, just PAUSE for a moment, and allow God to minister to your Spirit. Now take a inventory, and ask this question "Whats in your life right now that has a CHOKE HOLD on you?" (SLH).
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