Containment Lines (Confidence to step into your calling)
Bushfire season will soon be upon us in Australia, so when a fire starts the job of the fireman is to contain and control the blaze with containment lines. Eventually the fire will run out of fuel or finally be snuffed out by a change in weather conditions.
That’s when containment lines are good.
But what if you feel restricted and confined by the containment lines that have been drawn in your mind?
What if containment lines are stopping you from having the confidence to step out into your calling? What if the enemy of your soul has made sure the fire that is inside of you runs out of fuel and your calling is finally snuffed out?
The ball and chain of Containment Lines
Satan doesn’t want you to advance forward and claim God’s best for your life.
He will weave a restricting spirit into your life so you lack any desire to move forward and break those containment lines he’s put into place around your mind.
His goal is to prevent you from rising to a higher level, binding your soul to a ball and chain which limits your potential and renders you powerless to push past those containment lines and gain the confidence to step into your calling.
In the book of Numbers Chapter 13, Moses was told by God to send out twelve men to spy on a land called Canaan.
And so off they went.
But ten came back saying, “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless, the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large.”
Did you hear them?
The people are strong, the cities are fortified and very large.
Sounds like some restricting containment lines are being put into place.
They became afraid to take the land that God had already promised them.
Read that line again.
God had already promised them the land, they just needed to fight for it.
But two of the men, named Joshua and Caleb were having none of that silly nonsense and tried to push past the containment lines that the enemy was trying to draw.
Caleb said, “Let’s go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” (Chapter 13:30)
Joshua backed his friend up and said, “If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us.” (Chapter 14:8)
You tell them Joshua and Caleb. (I like their style)
You’d think the people would be saying, “Your right. Let’s take the promised Land.”
But they didn’t.
Can you believe that all the people wanted to stone Joshua and Caleb!
They knew God had promised them that land and the people drew containment lines around them!
When you take back authority, people will try and stop you.
And the only way to break through those containment lines they place in your mind, is to move forward and fight for your promise.
Did you know when an eagle makes her nest, she makes it from sharp twigs and stones and then covers the nest with feathers and soft materials. The plan is, as the baby eagles start to grow and are ready to fly, she removes the soft covering around the nest, until the chicks are so fed up with being poked in the head with sharp objects they fly out of the nest and find food for themselves.
The mother eagle, ‘stirs the nest’
And that is exactly what God does.
He stirs you and wants you to feel so discontented behind those containment lines in your mind that you just want to get out and stretch those wings of yours and fly.
And He doesn’t want you to just fly my friend
He wants you to soar!
The only way to activate your faith is to trust God and believe Him.
The feelings of a powerlessness faith will be replaced with steadfast and unmovable faith.
And then you will have the power to kick your complacency in the butt.
Your determination will conquer those containment lines.
You will gain a new confidence to step into your calling.
And expand into the freedom that will release the Holy Spirit’s power that’s living within you.
So arise my friend and contend for your promise.
Because God needs you to be in a spacious place to fulfil your destiny.