The Way Out….

Posted on July 20, 2012

Keep in mind, the obvious things are usually not the way out. Lust is often not about sex. Anger is usually not about the person toward whom you feel angry. Fear is often a smokescreen.

Compulsive behaviors are bait to get you to try harder, therefore becoming more compulsive. The Bible says it this way.  There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is…death.  Things are not as they seem.  There is a way out, but it is usually not located by looking for a way out.

The most important thing that you can know is that Freedom comes from God not from you.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is….THERE is freedom!

What we think is that if we can get things straightened out then we can get in His presence.  The truth is the exact opposite.  If we can get in His presence, He will straighten things out.

The dark side of the spiritual realm would have you believe that you cannot approach God until you clean up your act.  Grace would say that God approaches you when you most need it, in order to help restore your soul. It could not work any other way.

God knows all the stuff we do not.  Hence the title; God.

So step one, go to Him…ask Him questions.  Listen for Him to answer. Ask Him what questions He wants to answer. Be honest about exactly where you are and what you have done. DO NOT let your shame keep you away from this conversation.  Your shame knows that if you have this conversation, you will meet the only One who can take your shame away.

God is likely to talk to you about things that you did not expect Him to talk about.  This is a skill they taught me in grad school.  God is pretty good at it.

You might be struggling with lust, He might talk to you about your father.  You might be struggling with fear, He might talk to you about how much He loves you.  You might be struggling with compulsive thoughts or behaviors.  He might talk to you about what you would have to face if those thoughts or behaviors actually went away. You might have physical pain.  He might talk to you about forgiving the teacher in your fourth grade class.

The obvious things are almost never the way out.  Talk to God.  He is smart, He is good, and He loves you.

Has He ever spoken to you about something completely unexpected, yet it changed you forever?

 

 


  • Absolute truth! One of my first thoughts, when I woke up this morning, was: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” I love how you have made that truth easy to understand in this blog post.

  • “What we think is that if we can get things straightened out then we can get in His presence. The truth is the exact opposite. If we can get in His presence, He will straighten things out.”

    This needs to be tattooed to my forhead….Trouble is, I’m still in the “do” stage. I don’t hear anything. Its lonely and frustrating and it makes me feel like I’m not “doing” enough for God Moments to happen…… Worse yet, the hurts I pray for healing aren’t moving in any possitive direction either….VERY FRUSTRATED BOB HAMP!

  • Kim

    I know what you mean Sarah! I’m in the same boat 🙁

  • hey Sarah and Kim it is okay that God Hears your problem. and just cry out to God and He would totally will answer your cry of problems. and you two know that God is your problem solver

  • Josiah C

    “Has He ever spoken to you about something completely unexpected, yet it changed you forever?”

    When I wanted help during my engagement, He wanted to talk about my mom.
    When I wanted to move to California, He wanted to talk about my spending habits.
    When I wanted to find a Presbyterian church, He wanted to talk about me joining Gateway.
    When I wanted help understanding my thought life, He wanted to talk about my identity.

  • josiah it is all true

  • chuck

    “Here I am to worship. Here I am to bow down. Here I am to say that you’re my God. You’re altogether lovely. Altogether worthy. Altogether wonderful to me.” (I love this song and I think the songwriter actually performed it recently at Gateway.) He loves it when we sing to Him. When we tell Him how much we love Him, and that all we need is His love (and mean it), He grants the desires of our heart. Telling your closest Friend how much you love Him, resting in that, returning to Him as much as you need throughout the day, invites a relationship and the beginning of a different life; a life filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit. He didn’t say we wouldn’t have problems. He didn’t say we wouldn’t have hurts and pains. King David tells us that He prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies. He does, however, promise peace in the midst of what the world throws our way if you let Him be in control of your life. He is in control of our life. Prince of Peace.

  • I recently went through what I knew to be a spiritual attack which was coming in the form of fear. I was doing all the stuff that I knew to come against the evil which sought to torment me, but nothing was changing. I lost sleep and remained anxious.

    What God showed me during this time was to rest in Him. Just be His son and trust His protection.

    My focus shifted to praise and worship, thanking Him that I am safe in Him. The Holy Spirit testified as to my sonship. Quickly, the battle subsided and I knew Love, so fear had to leave.

  • Excellent post Bob. This is truth!

  • hey scott and that is a good praise report of how God got you free from fear

  • Laura Mantey

    LOVE this truth written. We can bring all of our stuff…the good, the bad…and it is only by grace through faith that we approach Him. Our Father God wants us to bring everything to Him…He is our only Help, Hope, Restoration, Power, Healer and Life and Love. Thank you again, Bob, for making this clear for us.

  • Becky S

    “God knows all the stuff we do not. Hence the title; God.” I absolutely LOVE this line!! I am so grateful He knows me inside and out, and is my God!!

  • Josiah, these are FANTASTIC examples…He is so smart!! Thanks, these help me!!

  • I figuratively sit in a chair in the middle of the room and pray. Calm, collected, self-assured. I expect the answer to come in one of four ways I’ve deemed acceptable; they’re certainly the most logical options. I finish praying, fold my hands in my lap, and expectantly turn my attention toward where I feel God would logically respond.

    He never does do things my way and it’s taken me a while but I’m thankful for it. Something knocks me out of the chair and it HURTS and I’m angry and indignant. Low and behold, God answered me. No no no no no, Lord. Not THAT. Look, perhaps I can interest you in one of these other lovely options over here?

    (I’ve spent waaaaaaaay longer than I care to admit arranging the room all perfect again, repairing the chair, re-settling myself in it… and doing the whole dang thing over again.)