I have this image in my mind of what I feel is something many people are experiencing. There is an amount of control over the lives of people that hinders their true freedom. That controlling factor may be different for each person. It may be a gang, a spouse, a friend, a leader, a government, fear, anger, resentment, addiction, etc. Only those reading this will know what it is in your own lives. I won't point out what I feel that controlling factor is in another...it just may be a number of things for one person but just one thing for another.
There is a main controlling factor and the varying degrees of those who enable that controlling factor(CF), feed off that controlling factor, etc. This diagram will show you that nucleus(CF), those closest to the nucleus, and where the line is that puts all that control together. That line, the fence line, is going to vary from one person to the next. Each grouping has varying amount of space surrounding the nucleus and that represents the size of the groups people that are in the sphere of influence of that nucleus.
Then there are those completely out of the sphere of influence and they are experiencing freedom and life. They can come and go without being controlled or coerced into falling victim to the nucleus. There may be more than one nucleus in your life and there certainly are several in the world today. It may affect your physical, mental, and/or spiritual freedoms.
The diagram does not show the freedom(colorful dots) within those spheres, although they could enter those spheres without the nucleus having control over them. But they cannot enter those spheres without the nucleus trying to yoke on the control. They know that when that nucleus tries to strap on the yoke of control, those who are free will flee from that to protect themselves. They cannot remain within those spheres without their freedom being stripped from them eventually. So those that are free remain distant from situations that threaten their freedom.
Let His Spirit speak to you about what the nucleus is in your life. And should you find yourself yoked with a nucleus then seek someone free who can help you. Those that are free are able to love others without the control trying to decide for them who they can love and who they can't. Who they can help and who they can't. Who they can accept and who they can't. Only Christ can open our eyes to our personal nucleus and give us the freedom He wants for us to have. But the freedom is there and is ours to obtain.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Sisterlisa is a homeschooling mom of four children and married to an evangelist who travels to bring the gospel to those in need of our Savior. She is the owner of Growing in Grace Magazine and AGMinistries.