Are you struggling with:
These things can separate us from God.
I have struggled in these things. You are not alone! And I KNOW that you truly can find freedom in Christ.
This seems silly, but I want you to write out everything that you are struggling with. Every feeling that doesn’t align with who you know you are in Christ – doubt, complacency, anxiety, bitterness, anger. Write everything you are struggling with – sins, addictions, ANYTHING you love more than you love God. Anything you spend more time, money, effort, and attention on more than God. You can write depression, hopelessness, sadness, despair, stuff like that. Write out anything you feel guilty about, hurts you can’t let go of, fears. Put it all down on paper.
Truly examine your heart. Is there anything in your heart you are holding back from God? I want to follow You, BUT ??? Write down all the BUTS.
Take some time, a day, a number of hours, a week, to think about all these things and write them down privately.
Once you have it all written down – don’t leave anything out – I want you to pray over it. Tell God “This, I give You all of this. It’s just all too big for me, I give it to YOU, God.” You can tell Him about any of these things, or all of these things, and tell Him how you want Him to take them out of your heart and fill your heart with Him instead.
Then find a large glass jar or metal tin or similar. Rip up the paper, and light it on fire until its all burned.
Gather the ashes in a bottle or little bag or somewhere as a reminder. Like an altar of remembrance.
Whenever these thoughts, temptations, or fears come to you, say to the feelings/thoughts/temptations – “STOP, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.” and “I give this to You, God, it’s too big for me. Take it away.” You may have to say it a few times to get the thought or feeling to stop. Do this EVERY TIME the thoughts/feelings/temptations come into your head.
I am praying that the Holy Spirit will use this powerfully to change your life. God desires to give you life, and life abundantly. He has so many plans for you! I praying that He fills you with His truth instead and that He will remove the lies of the enemy that would seek to destroy you.