Invictus by W.E. Henley:

“It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.”

This morning we read this poem & we continued in our study about idolatry at church, with today’s focus on the idolatry of power. We studied about Uzziah and how his life in the beginning as a king was blessed, he had accountability and when he followed the will of God he was successful…however when he allowed his power and influence to take over he entered into a horrible demise. Pastor Chapman pointed out things we can learn from the life of Uzziah such as his issue was not with power itself but a corrupt heart. He had a creeping sense of entitlement, and he lacked accountability… (see 2 Chronicles 26:1-5, 15-21) How the idolatry of power destroyed his life…

It was discussed how we all have this overwhelming sense of a need to be affirmed… and how often the will to control is because of our deep longing of self-affirmation… How the idolatry of power can wreck your relationship with God, others, and you! I am definitely a person that has to continually give things up to the Lord, because I constantly want to pick them back up :). Why is it that we struggle with the need to be in control? And how is it that it can become so powerful that it causes us to harm ourselves and others. The people I do know that “cut” do so when they feel overwhelmed or rejected. Suicide attempts or letters left behind are confessing to giving up because they felt they could do nothing to change their situation: they lost all control…

It is imperative that we learn & embrace the truth of what our pastor referred to today as the “great reversal” – there is freedom when we lose control… when we give control to the Lord and allow ourselves to be completely abandoned in Him. When we are broken we can be healed, when we have nothing we can possess all, when we give we receive – you get the point – when we lose ourselves in Him we gain a true sense of worth and we don’t need to be in control. I am amazed at how free I feel when I truly give whatever I have to the Lord. Please don’t allow yourself to be driven & controlled by the “need” to have power (control) – you are worth more. You are beautiful and precious in the eyes of your Creator and no matter what is going on in your life – He is greater & He can help make you whole. Nothing can compare to the Love of Christ, and what it can do in you.

Blessings (& love) in Christ – Amy

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