I often think about how much better my life is now with Jesus. Before Him I was living in a dark box where no light could come in and where there seemed to be no way out. I was in a box of fear, a box of trouble, a box of issues and a box of despair all at the same time. There was not much room in that box. The little space that was available to me was occupied by a lot of negativity. I hated that box. I had to think outside the box and realize that Jesus was there for me. He wasn’t confined to a small space. When you have a “box mentality”, you can’t see Jesus for who He is. You have a narrow vision of Him because of where you are. You are limited in your thinking and in your heart. I had a limited and diminished Jesus in my heart. Like I said, I had to think outside the box and stretch my mind and my heart. Was the Lord around when I was in that mental jail? Absolutely! If He had not been around, I would not have been able to get out of that inferno. Jesus watched over me and He set me free. They say that you find the Lord. I agree. I found the answer to all my questions. I found the answer to all my fears. I found the answer to all my failures. I found the answer to all my troubles. Jesus was the best answer and He will always be the best answer. He is outside the box. He is a box outside the box. His box of principles, wisdom, knowledge and hope is way bigger than the boxes of the enemy. When I found Him, He tore that box open and got me out of my misery. Today I want to encourage you to stretch your thinking and to let it grow so you can see more of Jesus. Step out of the box that is slowing you down. Come out of the box of limitations and step into the box of peace. Jesus is peace and when you focus on Him, you can’t help but see peace, experience peace and live in peace.
There is a box of our thinking. We reside in that box with our thoughts and our ideas. Very often that box is filled with anxiety and stress caused by the overthinking that goes on in there 24/7. We believe a lot of the thoughts that pop at any time. We buy into the lies that come into our heads. That box of lies is powerful especially if we give life to those thoughts by acting on them or by speaking them. We speak lies into our lives and they become our reality. Those limiting thoughts are not what the Lord wants for us. The devil comes only to steal and he is the king of lies. His plan for our lives is not what God has planned for us. We are not meant to live among lies and to live in fear and oppression. I know that when I spend too much time in the box of lies, my faith is damaged and hope dwindles. When we allow the box of lies to become our way of life, we fall into the trap of the enemy head on. We don’t have to live in that box. We don’t have to stay inside the lies. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. When we accept Him as our Savior, we get a new life, our spirit is born again but our mind is still the same. The box is still present and we have to work on it. The Lord gave us the Holy Spirit so we can destroy the box of lies and live outside that box.
As a young Christian, I hit the box of lies with the truth of the Gospel. The Lord’s truth was like a hammer wrecking havoc on the lies of the enemy. I used that hammer on the box like there was no tomorrow. I was hungry for the Word. I was hungry for the truth and the Lord always satisfied me. He fed me and He set me free from bondage and from false doctrines. For many years I made sure that the Word of God was my daily bread. I began to think outside the box of lies and I started thinking inside the box of the Lord. His box had no lid, no corners and no restrictive space. His box was freedom. His box was liberating. I got back into the negative box for some time and then I was shown the truth again. I have been living outside of the box of lies for years now. I am still exploring the box of freedom of the Lord. It is so vast that I can get lost in it and it is absolute bliss. My life with the Lord is my best life and it continues to amaze me and to bless me. Where would I be without Jesus? I would be limited in many ways and I would not understand that there is more to life than the world. There is the Lord. He is life. He is love. He is peace. He is joy. He is my strength. He is my everything. I pray that you come out of any box of negativity you might be in now. Jesus is always the answer. Jesus is always the Savior. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: John 14:6; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23