Where I live many houses don’t have fenced yards. Families who have dogs often will have installed what is called an invisible fence. A fencing company comes to your house and installs a barrier electronically that determines the boundary of the yard. While in the yard the dog will wear a special device or collar that causes an unpleasant experience if it goes near or past the boundaries of the yard. Eventually you could turn off the fence and the dog will still remain in the yard and not leave since that is what it has been trained to do.
Fear is your invisible fence. It’s what keeps you from moving forward in faith. I imagine all my past hurt, sin, bullying, and heartbreak. The devil had his collar around my neck. He told me where my limitations laid, areas I couldn’t reach cause I wasn’t enough, lies of how far I could go in my success and dreams. My fence used to say, “You’ll never be enough to be loved. You’ll never be enough to win first place. You aren’t good enough to get that job. You’ll never be cool enough for these people to like you! Starting to write is a stupid idea, you don’t know what you’re doing!”
Unlike a physical fence, the invisible fence may keep you in but it can’t keep anyone out. Jesus will always meet you exactly where you are and no matter what condition.
Psalm 139:7-10 states, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
When Jesus comes to our yard He turns off the fence and burns the collar. He tells us we can do all things in Him who strengthens us.
While listening to a sermon from Erwin McManus titled, “Go Unless He Says No!” I found this quote that I couldn’t not add,
“See Jesus set you free, but you may not even know how to live in that freedom. You may still be acting like you’re a captive. You’re living in the paralysis of fear and regret. You’re living in this idea that you have to wait for God to say, “GO!” when God already said, “GO! I’ve given you freedom, I’ve given you new life! Now go and live it!”
Today I hope this helps you acknowledge your fence so that you tell it that it can’t hold you back anymore. Jesus broke those bondages for you with His grace and unfailing love for you. Go running wildly!
Photo by Michael Rosner-Hyman