You are not the only one. Many people have experienced the same thing, in fact some say that they literally feel like something is contricting them.
But there is hope, there is an answer to this. It is a journey though, and the journey starts here.
It starts with finding out the truth of how the enemy actually stops people at the "threshold" or the door way into the new. If he can get you there, he can stop you in your tracks.
Why this course?
Because here at Business Blessings, we have been teaching people how to lay hold of what God has for them in the area of finances and business since 2000 in one form or another.
In many conversations I've had with people, as we have taught them the practicalities of managing their personal and business finances, and how to put the various strategies in place, that have worked so well for others, for them, it seemed like there was something else at play.
I've seen this personally. You do the cash flow, the financial forcasts, the marketing strategies, the spending less than what you earn, you are on the road to becoming debt free, but then something stops you.
You cannot put a finger on what it is or why it happens, you just know it is there.
When we first put on this course, a question that came in prior to the class, really struck a chord with what we were seeking to have answered:
"My main question is…
Why is it that we can do all we know to do (eg: fasting, praying, SOZO, courts of heaven, inner healing, deliverance, - and multiple times - seminars and reading and masterclasses etc etc ) and yet the breakthrough still doesn’t come.
I have done all of this - daily communion - repentance as soon as Holy Spirit reveals an area of weakness - etc etc YET I still cannot overcome procrastination that leads to disorder etc. We also continue to get hammered with our finances as well as in our marriage relationship and with our children.
Is it because my husband and children are not doing the same level of prayer etc etc. Surely I can do the “hard yards” and see breakthrough?? I do understand that family issues may take longer - but surely the personal issue I have with procrastination that leads to disorder etc - surely that can be broken??
Looking forward to the class :-)"
These are the reasons we reached out to Anne Hamilton who has authored many key books on overcoming constriction, to join us in putting together this class.
The best person to teach a course like this is someone who has been there and experienced it themselves and can speak of the journey that they have been through.
It reminds me of the following story:
Anne has been in the hole and during this class she jumps into the hole with you and shows you the way out.
Anne goes into some detail of her own story in the course. I would love to share it here with you but it would take too long. In short, growing up she had a dream to become a writer. As she grew up, as happens for most of us, life threw her some major disappointments. Serious heartache came her way. And to deal with it, she did what she had always done. She would "sit and thinks". But sometimes when the pain was too great, she would detach herself from the thinking and just sits.
Time went by and, one after another, failures, and frustrations piled up. After each disappointment or disillusionment, she would sits and thinks for a while - sometimes a short while and sometimes a long while - then eventually she would pick herself up and move on. Sometimes though it wasn't about moving on, it was about trying again.
Everytime a rejection would come thoughts such as these would go through her mind:
"I guess I didn't hear God's voice, after all"
"Maybe I didn't have enough faith."
"Maybe I didn't pray the perfect prayer with exactly the right words."
"Maybe it's my motivation that's the problem"
"I shouldn't have listened to the negative voices."
"It can't have been God's will."
"It seems God is teaching me patience."
From here I would love to share with you an exert from Anne's testimony, I know it is a little long, but I think you will resonate with it:
"You see, I knew that nice trite little cliche about, how if God is making you wait, you're in good company - David had waited about 15 years for the throne, Joseph had spent 13 years as a slave or in prison, and Moses had been sidelined for 40 years in the desert. Still and all, my day job was teaching mathematics so I was able to do a bit of calculation and projection. I figured that, at the rate I was going, I would have to live longer than David and Joseph but not quite as long as Moses. My writing career, if I'd estimated correctly, was going to take off somewhere between the ages of 110 and 120 years old.
My faith was fast disintegrating to crumbly rubble. No, perhaps, that's not quite true. My faith in faith was shatered. In addition, my faith in my own picture of God was tottering. I didn't recognise how much He was standing in harm's way for me, or how much He was at work in my life, stripping away rationalisations, shredding misconceptions, confronting me with my excuses.
All I knew what that He hadn't answered my prayers, hadn't responsded to my faith and had not fulfilled what seemed to me to be specific, personal promises.
I didn't realise I was upset with Him. In fact, I was completly oblivious to the fact I was so dillusioned.
Perhaps there was an aspect of God's grace in not knowing. Because, as a result, I began talking to Him one Sunday evening when I was sitting with a cup of coffee. Not thinking. Just staring at the fluttering curl of rising steam. Yep, just doing the habitual sits-and-thinks-and-drinks-coffee thing once more.
I'd just come back from a meeting with a group of writing friends. There, I'd told them about my most recent rejection. And in turn they'd told me - as they often did - what an enduring inspiration I was. How encouraging it was to see someone who, after 27 years of disappointment, still hadn't given up. They praised me for my persistence, tenacity, resilience. They spoke consoling words and patted me on the back for my determination and my stubborn, never-say-die attitude.
I didn't tell them how close I was to giving up. That I had started to believe that I was totally deluded about my sense of a divine calling to be a writer. I allowed their soothing words to wash over me as I sat with that cup of coffee. I wasn't thinking, just brooding mindlessly.
That gave way after a few minutes to talk with God. I start out by simply thanking Him for the gifts He'd put into my personality; persistence, tenacity, resilience, determination, stubbornness, a never-say-die attitude. All the things I'd heard my friends praise me for.
And perhaps because I was at last, after all the time, in a responsive state and intentionally engaging with God, rather than detaching myself from all feeling, I heard an unexpected sound. To this day, I will swear that - that that moment - I heard heaven laugh.
I was so surprised, I listened more closely.
'You?' God snorted at me. 'Persistent?' The laughter got louder and I sensed it coming from more than one Person. 'Really? Tenacious? Resilient? Stubborn?'
I was startled. For some reason, heaven found what I'd said uproariously funny. But.. but.. I thought. These aren't my words. They are the words of my friends. It's not as if I'm self-assesing. 'Err...' I began with a bit of trepidation. 'What do you think?'
And He said, "Well, whenever you are disappointed, you know what you do? You make yourself a cup of coffee, then you sit with it. You sip it slowly. You brood over it. And, if the disappointment is particularly sever, you might distract yourself with a good book or some comfort food. Then, once the disappointment fades - which might take anything from a few days to a few months - you pick yourself up and try again.'
Nailed it, I thought. Couldn't have put it better myself.
'And what,' I ask God with just the tiniest bit of indignation, 'is wrong with that?' Like: what is the problem? I'm not doing drugs, sleeping around, getting smashed on alcohol or viewing porn. I'm just sitting with a cup of coffee.
'You've never come to Me and asked Me what went wrong."
We are going to leave Anne's testimony here because that is when everything started to unravel with her. God began to download the keys for her, and for us, to be able to step out from constriction and move into the promises that God has for us.
Now with 20+ books written and published, Anne's writing career has taken off.
This course will take you on the journey for you to be set free from constriction.
It is a journey though, we are not promising you that suddenly, overnight, you will be totally set free. But what you will find here is the path for you to follow.
Here is an opportunity for you to meet Anne and hear directly from her about what she teaches in this course:
This course is about answers. Answering the question what is the problem?
In fact during the course Anne will teach you how to question God in order to find out the answers you are looking for.
This course will help you see the bonds of constriction broken.
Finally, I would say that you are not just joining a course here, you are joining a community. You are joining a community of people on the same journey as you are.
We ask that you share your own testimony and where you are at in the journey.
At the end of each teaching, we ask that you share what you learned from it, what God showed you. How God worked in your life. Because from these testimonies you will help encourage and support others in the journey.
We are in this together.
Come join the community today!
Welcome to the Overcoming Constriction Class
Downloadable Notes to use as you listen to the first five videos
Overcoming Constriction - Masterclass One - Session One
Resource: The Threshold Covenant or, The Beginning of Religious Rites by H. Clay Trumbull
Overcoming Constriction Masterclass One - Video Two
Overcoming Constriction Masterclass One - Video Three
Overcoming Constriction Masterclass One - Video Four
Overcoming Constriction Masterclass One - Video Five
Resource: Hidden in the Cleft Chapter 2
Downloadable Notes for watching the Second set of videos on Overcoming Constriction
Overcoming Constriction Masterclass Two - Video One
Additional Resource: Interview with Bob Beaudine on "2 Chairs"