"You say, 'I am allowed to do anything'—but not everything is good for you. And even though 'I am allowed to do anything,' I must not become a slave to anything." - (1 Corinthians 6:12 NLT)
Thoughts for Today
A life-controlling problem is anything that masters our life and blocks our spiritual growth. It may also be described as a life-controlling struggle, addiction, dependency, stronghold, besetting sin, slavery, or compulsive behavior.
Consider this …
When we hear life-controlling problem, we usually think of an addiction like drugs, alcohol, or gambling. However, anything that stands in the way of our spiritual growth and relationship with God or brings us under its power is a life-controlling problem. It may even be something positive--like work, sports, or ministry--that is controlling our life. Or we may become consumed with another person's problem and try to fix it, allowing their problem to enslave us as well. We may be trapped by emotions that overwhelm us, emotions like grief, depression, and anger. Or our life-controlling problem may be a sinful attitude like bitterness, envy, or lust.
What about you? Is there anything in your life that is mastering you and blocking your spiritual growth?
Father, I really want to put you first in my life. Help me take an honest look at my life and discover anything that has become my master. In Jesus' name . . .
These thoughts were drawn from …
Living Free by Jimmy Ray Lee, D. Min. and Dan Strickland, M. Div. This updated version is presented in two parts. It offers information for anyone who either has a life-controlling problem or has a loved one with a life-controlling problem:
Part 1: Learning to Live Free
• Defining Life-Controlling Problems
• Mastered and Trapped by Issues
• Walls of Protection
• Family Influences
• Helping or Harming?
Part 2: Helping Others to Live Free through Small Groups
• The Small Group Strategy
• Effective Facilitation and Communication
• Launching a Living Free Ministry
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