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Dethroning Others: Finding Freedom Through Boundaries

Scripture: "For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." - Galatians 5:1 (ESV)

In our journey as Overcomers in Him, we often encounter situations where others try to usurp control over our lives, dictating our decisions, emotions, and boundaries.

However, as children of God, we are called to live in the freedom that Christ has secured for us. This freedom is not just a concept but a reality we actively participate in, especially through establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries.

Boundaries are essential for safeguarding our well-being, preserving our dignity, and honoring God's sovereignty in our lives. When others attempt to encroach upon our boundaries, whether through manipulation, coercion, or disregard for our feelings, we must boldly declare, "That's my Father's seat."

By affirming our allegiance to God's authority, we shift the focus away from human domination to divine sovereignty. We recognize that our worth and identity are rooted in Christ, not in the opinions or control of others. In doing so, we reclaim our agency and autonomy as beloved children of God.

One powerful tool in setting boundaries is the use of assertive statements such as "That doesn't work for me" and "The Lord hasn't given me peace with that." These statements communicate our boundaries clearly and respectfully, without yielding to guilt or manipulation.

Scripture affirms the importance of boundaries in maintaining healthy relationships and honoring God. Proverbs 4:23 instructs us to "Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." Similarly, 1 Peter 5:7 reminds us to "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you," highlighting the trust we place in God's care and provision when we establish boundaries.

When we dethrone others from positions of control and assert our boundaries in Christ, we experience a newfound freedom from the bondage of people-pleasing, manipulation, and emotional coercion. We entrust our relationships, decisions, and well-being into God's hands, confident that He will guide us in wisdom and grace.

Let us prayerfully consider where we need to establish boundaries in our lives, trusting in God's strength to uphold them. As Overcomers in Him, may we walk in the freedom and authority that Christ has won for us, honoring God in all we do and say.

Love & blessings!  

Connie Dunn, BSN, RN, NC-BC, BC-MHC

Board Certified Trauma Informed Positive Psychology Nurse Coach, Christian Mental Health Coach (American Academy of Christian Counselors), Narcissistic Abuse Specialist, Somatic Experiencing & Brainspotting Practitioner

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This is so helpful! I’ve recognized myself putting my husband up there where only God should be!

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I did that as well because unfortunately that's what my previous church encouraged. We did the best we knew at the time. When we know better, we do better. 🙌🩷

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