House Arrest Now House of Rest
Do you feel spiritually unable to be free to do what you are called to do or unable to break free of limitations in the House of God? Here’s some good news: freedom and rest are here. Let me explain.
What is house arrest?
When someone is placed under house arrest, generally they are not allowed to leave their place of residence. Instead of going to jail, they are a prisoner in their own home. Spiritually, many have felt that they are under “house arrest” within the House of God. But God wants to change your house arrest into a house of rest.
Understanding limiting seasons
There are seasons we all go through in which it seems like we are not being acknowledged or released into our fullest potential. God uses these times to train and develop foundational character in us. Sometimes this can feel like “house arrest.”
The best way to get through these trying seasons is to rest in the fact that God has your best interest in mind. But God says that all things are becoming new.
“He who was sitting on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down. You can trust these words. They are true.” Revelation 21:5 (NIRV emphasis mine)
Don’t run but rest
God is encouraging you to keep trusting Him and know that His prophetic promises and words are true. You are free from the chains that have kept you in a place of confinement and restriction. Your freedom, a new freedom, is yours!
Difficult times, being misunderstood and betrayal are being cut off from you. Instead of house arrest, God is giving you a place of peace. God is changing your house arrest into a house of rest.
We are entering into a new season of freedom, peace and rest. So what does that mean exactly for you?
• Freedom: When you do something new that God is asking you to do, does it feel scary but refreshing at the same time? Good!
• Peace: Notice what could be your spiritual prison bars or limiting mindsets. For example: what is keeping you from life’s goodness?
• Rest: Where can I let go of my own control and watch God move?
Praise and gratefulness are key
Praise and gratefulness are wonderful outcomes of your release, even before you are fully out of your limiting season. Even if your situation doesn’t look like it really changed (house arrest looks like it’s still there), praising and showing gratitude while in the prison will bring you more freedom.
Focus on God’s goodness, beauty and awe. In His love, prison walls of any restricting house arrest will grow dim, to the point of being gone.
Entering into God’s rest
Notice that many people in the Bible all went through seasons of their lives that were limiting, including Moses, Joseph, David, Paul and Peter to name a few. God used these times to develop them for later accomplishments.
I went through several seasons in which I felt like I was under house arrest. Years later, I am now learning how to enter into God’s rest. I am praying you will find new freedom and peace even as you read these words.
Doug Addison is a prophetic dream interpreter, speaker, writer, Life Coach, and stand-up comedian. Doug travels the world bringing a message of love, hope, and having fun! His unique style helps open people to discover their destiny and experience God’s supernatural love and power. Doug is an award-winning author of seven books. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California.