Kidnapped: Tuning our heart to the sound of rescue

In this video post, I share another story from the life of our new friend, Abigail found in the book of 2 Samuel.

Do you feel kidnapped by your circumstances? Were you completely caught off guard by a situation that has you feeling trapped and hopeless? In this video, I tell a the second part of the story of Abigail from the book of 2 Samuel and how it relates to anyone who has been sidelined by an onslaught. It’s not over! Get ready to tune your ears to the approaching sound of rescue!

The best song on Rescue I ever heard!

What about you:

  • Do you feel as though you have been kidnapped by your situation?
  • Were you experiencing freedom in the Lord and now feel as though you have been muzzled and bound?
  • Have you been wondering where Jesus is in all of this?

While Jesus is clear that in this life, we WILL have struggles, He also tells us in Deuteronomy 31:8, Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:6 and Joshua 1:9 (to name a few!) that He will never leave us or forsake us. Jesus loves us with a love that goes beyond our performance, our circumstances, our weaknesses and failures. So no matter how you got to the place where you feel trapped or stuck, start to tune your ears to the sound of Rescue. Know that He is coming for you. He is on His way and He won’t let you be devoured by anything!

Below are some more Scriptures to meditate on. I encourage you to write the ones down in your journal or in a Notes app on your phone that speak to your heart so that you can memorize them. Having the Word in your heart is a weapon and a medicine all in one!

  • Song of Solomon 2:8,10-11 – The voice of my Beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills. My Beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone.”
  • Psalm 71: 1-3 – In You, LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. In Your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn Your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for You are my rock and fortress.
  • Psalm 69: 14, 33 – Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters. The LORD hears the needy and does not reject his captive people.

Getting Unstuck: Step into the light again

Stuck -jeremy-bishopDo you feel stuck? How long have you been stuck? Was there a situation that happened that threw you into the “stuck” state?

If the definition of stuck is ‘stationary by some obstruction’, then I believe that many times we can get stuck because something happened that we don’t process in a biblical way.  Chronologically, the calendar keeps moving forward, but emotionally, the hands of the clock stand still as we are locked in pain, bitterness, or grief. Someone has hurt us, we hurt ourselves, or some situation has transpired that threw us down the rabbit hole and we don’t know how to get out.  The pain and question marks become the unwanted house guests who refuse to leave.

If we’re Bible believing Christians, this is particularly burdensome, because we have all of this Scripture that promises that the Lord will carry our burdens, that He will be our peace, and that no weapon formed against us will prosper.  So how do we handle the loss when a weapon formed against us does seem to prosper – when we lose a loved one or a relationship, when we experience a large setback like divorce or bankruptcy, or when a habit or addiction has caused us to make some hurtful choices and now we’re living in the stink of those choices?

I believe the answer is to learn how to process our situations in light of the Truth of Who God is and what He says He will do with our messes. We get stuck because a trauma has frozen us in one spot.

But there are ways to get “unstuck”. Let’s look at a couple.

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