Monday, July 16, 2012

Exit Strategy

1 Corinthians 10:13 "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it".

This morning I was interceding for an individual concerning a situation they were in.  I was crying out to God when I heard "exit strategy" in my Spirit.  I first became familiar with this concept about a year ago when I took a family violence class.  The exit strategy in that case referred to battered women developing a plan to exit abusive relationships.  

However, an exit strategy can apply to less extreme circumstances.  Wikipedia defines "exit strategy" as exiting a current situation that has become so unproductive that one risk failure staying in it.  Thus, some people are entangled in unproductive job situations, unequally yoked marriages, negative relationships, toxic friendships, etc.  We end up in these circumstances because we do not seek God concerning all areas of our life.  Because we lack God's knowledge and wisdom concerning His Will for our lives we become ensnared in situations that are not pleasing to God.  These are situations that He has not ordained for our lives and are not God's best choice for us.  

Moreover, we are led into them by our own wayward heart.  The Word states that "the heart is deceitful above all things and DESPERATELY wicked.  Who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9.  This means that our hearts turn us away from God's Path and leads us down a destructive path if we are not spiritually grounded.  Even if we are spiritually grounded our hearts will still test us.  So we must have enough Word in us to overcome this.  

So when we are in these unsettling circumstances we cannot get any rest.  We are constantly regretting the decision we made, resenting those involved, and have no one to blame but ourselves.  We become guilt ridden because we know that we are not where God wants us to be.  We may feel guilty for our TRUE feelings, and "exiting" may be against our own personal moral and value system which is not based on the full knowledge of God.  This inward conflict causes us to seek other outlets such as drinking, sexing, texting, playing video games, getting high, watching excessive tv, etc. to numb the pain.  However, that pain still remains. 

The pain remains because God wants you to give it over to Him.  Only God can fill that deep void that is etched out especially for Him.  Yes, there is a place within each of us that only God can touch.  Your friend can' t touch it, angry birds can't touch it, weed can't touch it, sex can't touch it, only God can.  Why?  Because only God can fill our spiritual void.  God has reserved a special place within each of us where we are to commune with Him.  That place is a special place where God wants you to worship Him from through worshiping from within.  So if you are experiencing a void in your life, don't fill it up with the wrong things.  Seek God, and if you are bound various situations and circumstances then ask God to deliver you out of the situation and give you an exit strategy.  


Tiffany said...

Hi! I'm Tiffany. Just wanted to let you know that I recently found your blog & I'm glad I did. I think this post about an 'Exit Strategy' is so relevant. Alot of times we look to other things to fill that void within us then get frustrated when it doesn't work out, failing to realize that God is the only one that can bring true contentment in our lives. Keep glorifying the Lord with your post!

Rhoadie said...

Thank you for reading Tiffany.

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