By Press Barnhill @PressBarnhill
The spirit of bound emotions frequently works in people wounded by parents or other authority figures, or when emotions are suppressed by shame. In numerous situations, people shared that they were forced to suppress their emotions, be strong, or not hurt others by crying or showing weaknesses. I have recognized this spirit in my bloodline.
Essentially, this spirit works to suppress a person’s emotions by convincing them their emotions are:
People we have prayed with told us that they know they should not feel a certain way. They worked hard to bury their feelings. However, feelings and emotions are part of who a person is. Emotions are God-given. He designed us to have emotions. These submerged feelings become buried alive in their hearts and negatively impact their freedom in Christ.
Our society teaches us that emotions are irrational, childish, frequently a sign of weakness, and unreliable. The media play into this by showing how emotions cause anger, violence, and destruction. For example, soap operas on television constantly focus on the negative aspects of uncontrolled emotions. Crime dramas and sitcoms also focus on the negative aspects of emotions.How Does the Spirit of Bound Emotions Affect Us? The A-B-C Series on Ancestral Influences #healing #suppressedemotions Click To Tweet
What happens when we keep emotions under wraps? In our experience, the person believes they are:
Bound emotions prevent healthy relationships. The spirit of bound emotions works to isolate a person from others and especially from God. This spirit, like many other spirits, wants to keep us from a healthy and blessed relationship with the Lord.
By focusing on the negative aspects of emotions, the spirit of bound emotions encourages a person to hide their feelings. This leads to unhappiness and frustration. The person cannot understand how others can be emotional in a healthy way, while they cannot. This spirit is spreading lies about emotions. Many emotions such as love, joy, and happiness are what God wants us to enjoy. In John 15:9-11 (ESV), Jesus said,
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
We effectively pray to renounce and reject the spirit of bound emotions and ask God to replace it with love and His acceptance. We know we are His beloved children worthy of joy and happiness. God shows His forgiveness and helps us to forgive the persons that caused the bound emotions. We understand that emotions are part of who God created each of us to be.
Romans 15:13 says, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. He wants us to feel love, joy, peace, and hope.
In our prayer times, many people hear from the Lord that he loves them, and He will always be with them. In John 13:34, Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Love is an emotion He wants all of us to have and share.
Now it is your turn. How has this helped you recognize a pattern of bound emotions and a desire to experience freedom in Christ?
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