You see the tall, leafy tree.
You see the flowers blooming on the bush.
You see the ivy creeping farther and farther up the old building.
What holds these plants in place?
Where do these plants originate from?
You feel the stress of an impending occasion.
You feel the anger at other people's choices.
You carry the burden of other individual's responsibilities.
What keeps the anxiety-producing burdens attached to you?
The Roots of Bondage.
What produced these anxiety-producing burdens that are held to you by the roots of bondage?
The Seed of Fear.
Out of the seed of fear comes destructive habits or patterns of thinking, anxiety, anger, and a host of other burdens that grow and attach themselves to your heart through the entangling roots of bondage.
These roots can feel so strong and powerful that you feel you will never have any freedom from the burdens that they keep you attached to.
In all your efforts of strength, you try to release your burdens, forget your anxieties, and calm your anger. But just as a weed grows back wtih more vengence when only the portion above ground is cut, your burdens quickly grow back and begin to strangle your hope for peace.
You know now that the only way to be released from these burdens is to completely uproot these roots of bondage that grew from the seed of fear.
You go to work at tearing out these roots only to find that you have made no significant progress, you are exhausted and left more vulnerable, and your burdens now seem even heavier to carry.
You are then handed two tools to help you rip out these strong roots. You unfold two scraps of paper and read these two phrases:
"The truth shall set you free..."
"Perfect love casts out all fear..."
You sit and stare at these two phrases. How can these familiar words work together in such a way to free you from these roots of bondage?
As you sit, the Holy Spirit give you this answer, "You must know this truth: That your burdens, anxieties, and the theft of your joy is being grown from the seed of fear. And you must know what specific fear it is. Let me reveal truth to you in order to make you free. I will show you the specific seed of fear that has been planted in your heart."
You allow Him to show you, and you are amazed to find that all the burdens you are carrying are growing from this specific fear - a fear you didn't realize you held!
You say to Him, "Holy Spirit, I had no idea this fear was in my heart. How do I uproot this fear when the roots of bondage are so strong?"
And He says back to you, "You can't do anything. You see, only perfect love casts out fear, and in your humanity you are far from perfect. You must trust Jesus with this fear. His love is perfect and He can provide real healing. But, be warned, although His healing is complete it is not devoid of pain. Are you willing to entrust your healing from this fear to His perfect love and His perfect methods?"
That is where your free will comes in; this is where you must decide to allow Him to heal you.
That is what I must decide.
A specific fear was revealed to my heart today. And I desire to be freed from these roots of bondage that keep me carrying these burdens.
Now it comes down to surrender.
And so this is the earnest prayer of my heart,
"Lord Jesus, help me to trust You. You have called me to walk in victory over fear and live a life victoriously with joy! I give You this fear and I surrender my desire to avoid pain. I trust in Your perfect love and your perfect healing."