“It’s ok not to be ok, but it’s not ok to stay that way.”
A few weeks back while visiting the Village Church in Dallas, I heard Matt Chandler share the above statement. For years I have heard a similar statement, “It’s ok not to be ok” However, according to John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” It’s good for us to share vulnerably, to speak up and to seek support when things aren’t ok. It’s natural in our human nature/ strength to walk through seasons of doubt, loneliness, confusion, defeat, fear, frustration, bitterness, etc. But, if we believe in God the Father and know His word, then we can begin to identify emotions, thoughts, and feelings that are not from God, but rather from the devil.
Satan doesn’t want us to know freedom. He doesn’t want us to experience breakthrough, hope, clarity, and peace that comes from trusting and growing with God through the valley seasons. The enemy operates best in a mode of deception, so he will use anything he can to twist the truth. Through deception, the enemy will cause you to question God, to doubt His goodness and truth. Satan wants you to lose sight long enough that you stay trapped in a lie, bound by limitations, blinded by the very opportunities in your present season.
God desires for you to know Him, to be in relationship with Him and through that relationship experience freedom, abundance in your life, a type of abundance that only comes through knowing and being in relationship with Him.
If I’m honest, I have moments sometimes that I don’t feel truly joyful. Sometimes thoughts or feelings creep in, comparison begins to strangle that joy as I realize that at some point, I have given the enemy power in my life. As I pray through those thoughts and feelings, I realize that my “abundance” and other’s “abundance” looks different. Joy and perspective are my choice- how I am going to live and how I respond, even when life feels and looks messy. It’s my choice how I move forward. The key is that Gal. 5:13 tells us that we have been called to freedom. We are no longer slaves. So yes, it’s ok not to be ok. That is natural. But our Heavenly Father loves us too much to leave us there, so if you are finding yourself in a place that you don’t feel ok, there is hope, you just have to keep moving forward… it’s not ok to stay that way! You have been called to more with Christ.
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