From the title you already know what subject we’re diving in today, Cycles. As the first blog of the year I thought this was such an important topic to hit, because I feel so many can relate, and so many need to break negative cycles that have held them back long enough. Towards the end of last year I began to feel like I was in a familiar place mentally and emotionally. One day a passing thought came and with the quickness, Holy Spirit led me to go in prayer, which was not my default before.
In times pass I would have negative thoughts and decide to camp right there, only to realize the illusion the enemy had set up, was just that, an illusion. That day when negative thoughts flood my mind, I had, had enough! I went in prayer and let the Lord lead. God shared with me it was time to let go. I had held on to those thoughts of guilt and shame for years, and it was time to break free.
Cycles are those recurring thoughts or actions that yield the same results. Thinking with the same negative mindset gave me the same negative results. Acting in the same defeated manner, caused me to crumble in defeat, and I would enter into a phase that was not productive or positive.
You may now be wondering, Okay, how do I break a cycle… I’m so glad you asked.
Whenever you are looking for a change or shift in an area of your life, you must start at the root. Look for the times and circumstances that you notice your cycle typically starts. Does your cycle of depression come at a certain time of year? Does your cycle of negative thinking come when you are around certain people? Does your cycle of spiraling into defense mode begin with a trigger word? Does your emotional eating cycle happen after an event? Take some time and sit with the Lord and write down when your cycle begins.
After you’ve found out what brings on your cycle, you now know how to pray and seek God. You can now see the deeper issue. You now know how to identify the starting point, which will be key in helping you say goodbye to that old cycle way of living. For me, my cycle of negative thinking and feelings of guilt and shame came during a certain time of year. In the future, I know to pray proactively before the season comes, and to speak life!
Speak the positive changes you desire to see. Speak the Word of God over your life. My freedom came when I laid everything out before God. I spoke to Him my every fear, doubt, and worry. I told the Lord my guilt, I showed Him my shame, and I allowed Him to do the breaking. I allowed His Word which has resurrection power, to breathe life into me again. I allowed His love to take the blinders off my eyes so that I could see He had made me new.
Ask yourself right now: Do I want to be free?
Freedom costs. Freedom will cost you to surrender, commit, turn, and focus. Freedom may cost, but it is worth every moment. I want you, I want us to live this year free from the cycles that hindered us from moving forward in our lives. You don't have to relive your painful moments over and over again. You don’t have to continue spending your life going through cycles. I pray God will reveal to you His love, glory, peace, and freedom this year. Break free!